Director of Music
Thomas Corns is in demand as an organist and choral director. He was educated at Wells Cathedral School and has held organ scholarships at Jesus College, Cambridge and St Paul's Cathedral, where he worked daily with the world-famous choir. Whilst at St Paul's Thomas was a postgraduate student at the Royal Academy of Music and a recipient of the UMP Ensemble Prize. A busy career as a soloist and chamber musician sees Thomas perform across the UK and abroad. He has given recitals on many of the UK's leading instruments, and played in the USA, France, Germany, Finland and Italy. Recent releases on disc include a recording of 20th-century Marian music and a survey of choral and organ works by Kenneth Leighton. Thomas was appointed Director of Music at the Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick in 2008.
Assistant Director of Music
Mark Swinton was educated at the King's School Chester and studied for the Music degrees at the University of York. A Fellow of the Royal College of Organists since 2006, he has given numerous recitals at venues throughout the UK. He has also performed in France, Spain and Holland both as a soloist and an accompanist.
In 2003 he was appointed Organist at Clifton College, Bristol, where he played for daily Chapel services, accompanied the Chapel choirs in their regular round of services, concerts and tours and masterminded a recital series featuring the College's splendid 1911 Harrison organ. His own recitals there included complete performances of Messiaen's La Nativite du Seigneur and L'Ascension, as well as the first performance of a work written for him by Bryan Boulter.
In 2005 he became Assistant Organist at Bath Abbey where he accompanied and helped to direct the acclaimed Choirs of Boys, Girls and Men under the direction of Dr Peter King. He was Organist at Kendal Parish Church from September 2008. He has also directed Kendal South Choir in their programme of concerts.
Mark was appointed Assistant Director of Music at the Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick in October 2011.