Watch again Roger Sayer's performances of organ favourites on the organ of the Temple Church. Please click on the thumbnails to be taken to Roger's YouTube Channel.
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All the recitals will be live-streamed on the Church's YouTube Channel. Please see below for the direct links
Roger Sayer is at the forefront of British choral and organ music. He joined Temple Church in 2013 and has since created an impressive portfolio of concert, recordings and broadcasts. In addition to conducting, he is in demand both as a recitalist and accompanist at home and internationally and his work has also extended into the film world, with his most recent performance as organ soloist for Hans Zimmer’s Oscar nominated score for the motion picture Interstellar.
Charles Andrews has been Liturgical Organist of the Temple Church since 2019. He studied at the Royal College of Music with David Graham and Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin, with the aid of a Douglas & Kyra Downie Award. Before studying at the RCM Charles held a Michael James organ scholarship at Rochester Cathedral. From 2011-16 Charles was Associate Director of Music at All Saints, Margaret Street in the West End of London. Plans for the near future include recording organ works by former Temple Church organists Henry Walford Davies and George Thalben-Ball and their associates.
Charles Francis is currently in his second year studying for an undergraduate degree in Organ Performance at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where he studies organ with Daniel Moult and Nicholas Wearne. Alongside his degree Charles also works as Organ Scholar at St Philip’s Cathedral, Birmingham where he regularly accompanies the cathedral choirs. Becoming a prize-winning Associate of the Royal College of Organists while still studying for his A-levels, it was during this time he also maintained regular deputising roles at Canterbury and Rochester Cathedrals. This presented the opportunity to work with various choral ensembles from the UK, USA, Canada, the Netherlands. Engagements have also taken him to St Edmundsbury, Portsmouth and St Paul’s Cathedrals as well as St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
Since winning First Prize in The Dame Gillian Weir Messiaen Competition in 2019, Charles has become increasingly in demand as a performer with upcoming concert venues including Portsmouth and Truro Cathedrals.
Thomas Allery is Assistant Director of Music at Temple Church. Here, he works alongside Roger Sayer in training the choristers, focussing especially on teaching the junior choristers, and in teaching musicianship skills. He is often seen directing the church’s professional adult choir, the Temple Singers at services and concerts.
Outside of Temple Church, Thomas enjoys a varied career spanning work as an organist, harpsichordist and teacher. Thomas is also organist of St Mary-le-Bow Church, Cheapside, where he plays for services for several of the City’s ancient Livery companies and presents regular concerts.
Thomas Allery is passionate about teaching and encouraging students to develop a range of musical skills from a young age. He has created numerous educational resources which link performance with musical theory, aural awareness, keyboard understanding, and harmony to encourage the development of a well-rounded musician. He is regularly developing new educational materials which encourage an understanding of musical theory through the repertoire that students are performing.
He is organ tutor at City of London School and Radley College, and teaches basso continuo at the Royal College of Music.
Having studied at Oxford University and the Royal College of Music, Thomas recently completed an Artist Diploma in harpsichord at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he studied with James Johnstone and Carole Cerasi. From 2014 – 19 Thomas was Director of chapel music at Worcester College, Oxford and was also Assistant Organist of Magdalen College. Thomas is in regular demand as a continuo player on organ and harpsichord, for chamber music and orchestral repertoire. He is the regular continuo player of award winning chamber ensemble, Ensemble Hesperi. With this group, he has performed at numerous leading UK festivals, presenting the programme ‘The Pheasant’s Eye’ which showcases Scottish Baroque Music with highland dance. In 2014-15, Thomas was a Junior Fellow in Harpsichord and Continuo at the Royal College of Music and was a Britten-Pears young artist as a continuo player, performing Bach cantatas under the direction of Philippe Herreweghe at Snape Maltings, in 2019. He is currently undertaking research into historical continuo treatises from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and exploring how they can be used in keyboard education today.