Tom Winpenny took up the post of Assistant Master of the Music at St Albans Cathedral in September 2008, where his duties include accompanying the daily choral services and directing the acclaimed Abbey Girls Choir. Previously, he was Sub-Organist at St Paul's Cathedral, London, and during this time he performed with the Cathedral Choir at the American Guild of Organists National Convention in Minneapolis/St Paul, performed in Mahler's Symphony no. 8 with Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra, and played for many great state occasions. He has also broadcast regularly on BBC Radio and has featured on American Public Media's Pipedreams.
He began organ lessons under John Scott Whiteley while a chorister at York Minster, and continued as a Music Scholar at Eton College under Alastair Sampson. After holding the post of Organ Scholar at Worcester Cathedral and then St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, he was for three years Organ Scholar at King's College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a degree in music. With the Choir of King's College, he gave concerts in the USA, Hong Kong and throughout Europe, in addition to appearing as their accompanist on CD releases on EMI Classics and twice playing for the famous Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, broadcast worldwide.
He has taken part in the first performance of works by Sir John Tavener, Judith Bingham, Jonathan Dove, Francis Grier and Francis Pott. He has studied with Thomas Trotter and Johannes Geffert, and won First Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2008 Miami International Organ Competition.
In 2010 he directed the St Albans Abbey Girls Choir on a 10-day tour of the USA, including concerts in Washington DC, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Miami. The choir has also recorded John Rutter’s Gloria, Magnificat & Te Deum with St Albans Cathedral Choir (boys & men) for Naxos.
As a soloist, he has given recitals in venues including Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral and Truro Cathedral, and abroad in Stockholm Cathedral, Community of Christ Temple (Missouri), and in Tulsa (Oklahoma). His other solo recordings include a recital on the organ of St Albans Cathedral (JAV Recordings) and a disc of organ music by Judith Bingham, including the organ concerto Jacob’s Ladder (Naxos).
‘Tom Winpenny displayed his sensitive musicianship over and over again [...] a stylish virtuoso performance’