Senior Executive Officer - Dr William M. Thomas

Dr William M. Thomas was trained at the Northern School of Music, Manchester. He studied Piano, Singing and Trumpet as a boy and returned as a young man for singing lessons. For two years he was also in the Manchester Cathedral Cantata Choir.

He has held four posts as Organist and Choirmaster over 50 years. He has broadcast in this country and abroad and cut a LP while at All Saints Bury All Male Choir. Now retired, Bill is Assistant Organist at St Annes Parish Church.

Chairman - Dr Colin Porter

Dr Colin Porter has been organist of Mossley Hill Parish Church since 1985. He is a recitalist and Director of the Liverpool Festival Choir. He is a Senior Fellow of the School and a Senior Fellow of the Faculty of Liturgical Musicians. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Guild Musicians & Singers and an Associate Fellow of the National College of Music.

Bursar - Derek Matthews

Derek was senior administrator in university for 24 years before taking early severance in 2000 Since then has taken up organ tuning, renovation and playing.

Academic Registrar - Chris Pilsbury

Chris was educated at Chester Cathedral Choir School and The Royal Northern College of Music. He studied organ with Eric Chadwick and Roger Fisher and has held several organists’ posts in and around Chester.

Before returning to Chester he was Organist, Choirmaster and Director of Music at Pennthorpe School in West Sussex. During his time there the Chapel Choir sang at most cathedrals and choral establishments in the south including Canterbury, Ely, Winchester, Oxford, Salisbury, Portsmouth and Chichester Cathedrals and on several occasions, sang the weekend services at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle and Truro Cathedral. He was a member of the music department at The Queen’s School, Chester and for over twenty five years an ‘A’ Level music examiner for EDEXEL.

For over a decade he assisted with the training of the Girls’ Choir at Chester Cathedral. Chris has been organist at Wrexham Parish Church, North Wales since St. David’s Day 2014. We hope many of you will get to know Chris and we welcome him as a member of the Management Committee.

Archivist - Dr Michael Pretty

Michael was born in Fakenham,Norfolk and moved to Attleborough, also in Norfolk at the age of 5.

He joined Attleborough church choir alongside his father at 7. His first school was St. Priscas, run by French nuns, and he then went to middle, secondary, Norwich city college and CCAT. After service in the RAF he joined a firm of solicitors in Norwich, and later joined a firm opposite the Law Courts in London, where he became a legal executive, having passed the ILEx exams.

In 1967 he spent 2 years as organist at Oban Episcopal Cathedral, and joined Rothmans in London when he came south, and was organist at Holy Trinity, Stroud Green. He had a keen interest in organs and how they worked, as a teenager, and it became a hobby from 1976 when he went to study in Leeds, and helped a friend dismantle several instruments, and repaired and tuned others. In the early 1980s he was awarded the contract to rebuild and enlarge the organ in Wimborne Methodist Church, which was recorded by Priory Records.

Michael retired from full time work in 2007, and has been organist at St. Mary's Parish Church, Hemsby since 2003.

Vice Chairman and Safeguarding Officer - Roger Watkinson

Roger, a retired schoolmaster, is organist at Lord Street West United Church, Southport, a post held for over 35 years. He joined the School's Management Committee in 2017.

Website and IT Officer - Stephen Thackeray

A Systems Administrator and Website Developer, Stephen has been Organist and Choirmaster of St Ambrose Church, Leyland, for more than 17 years and sings regularly in concerts and cathedrals in the UK