The Revd Canon Anthony Howe was born in Suffolk and educated in Ipswich, at the same school as Thomas Wolsey. He graduated in Music at The Queen’s College, Oxford before being ordained. Prior to becoming Chaplain in September 2015, he served curacies in Newbury and Barnsley and was for nine years the Vicar of Staincliffe in West Yorkshire.
Carl Jackson has been Director of Music of the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace since 1996. He was educated at the Royal Academy of Music, Downing College, Cambridge and Goldsmiths’ College, London, and studied with Alan Harverson and Peter Hurford. He was appointed MVO in the 2012 New Year Honours list.
Rufus Frowde has been Organist and Assistant Director of Music at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace since 2003. He was formerly Organ Scholar of Merton College, Oxford and Worcester Cathedral before undertaking post-graduate study in church music and choral direction at the Royal Academy of Music, being awarded prizes in both disciplines. Rufus appears on the Divine Art and Diversions labels and his numerous conducting appointments include Surrey Youth Choir and VIVAMUS. On the lighter side, he is a regular deputy pianist in the Palm Court Quartet at the Ritz Hotel, London. Alongside his conducting and playing he has recently become a part-time member of the academic staff at the Princess Helena College, Hitchin.
James Harris has been Chapel Clerk and Verger to the Chapel Royal Hampton Court Palace since October 2018. James was previously Dean’s Verger at St Davids Cathedral, Pembrokeshire, a post he held for five years. Previously to that, he worked at St Paul’s, Winchester, Portsmouth, and Lichfield Cathedrals. He brings a huge wealth of knowledge and experience to the position.
Sophie graduated in Music from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2017. Having specialised in instrumental and vocal performance, she is now fortunate to be able to balance her time between working in HM Chapel Royal during the week, and performing as a freelance flautist and singer around London and the South East.
Louise Cole is the administrator of the Choral Foundation. She is based in an office at Hampton Court Palace and can be contacted by telephone on 020 3166 6516 or 07867 313460,
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