Alex Patterson is a Northern Irish-born conductor, composer and choral animateur. He took up the post of Director of Music at Salford Cathedral in July 2020 following work for Nottingham Cathedral, Arts Council England, and the participatory music charity, Music for Everyone. He hosts his own podcast, PatterPod, and is a Trustee for the Finzi Trust.
Alex studied at the University of Nottingham and later at Birmingham Conservatoire specialising in composition and opera. He has a wealth of experience as a choral animateur, particularly for community and youth music-making. He has also conducted a range of major works including J. S. Bach’s St John Passion and Mass in B Minor, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Spem in Alium, the 40-part motet by Tallis, Handel’s Dixit Dominus, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, and Jonathan Dove’s church opera Tobias and the Angel.
Alex has written a wealth of choral music, which has been performed all over the world, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and published by Banks Music Publications.
Anthony Hunt has been the organist at Salford Cathedral since 2000. First and foremost a liturgical organist and accompanist rather than a recitalist, he has over 25 years’ experience in church music.
Anthony studied under both Richard Lea and Simon Leach at Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral and was a freelance organist and musician in the Liverpool area until embarking on a four-year degree in French and Latin at Manchester University.
He has given concerts and recitals within the Northwest of England and in France and has been remarked on for his varied repertoire which ranges from early Baroque to the 20th century, and right up to the present day. He is also an accomplished improviser, having attended summer master classes in improvisation given by French organists Jean Wallet and Pascal Sabot.
In addition to appearing in several television recordings for Songs of Praise and My Favourite Hymns, Anthony has worked with various choirs, soloists, Gilbert & Sullivan and choral societies, including Todmorden Choral Society, Monton Voices and Woodhouses Amateur Operatic Society. Anthony is in popular demand as liturgical organist for events in Salford Diocese and on the annual diocesan pilgrimages to Lourdes.
Kathryn Bradley is a Manchester based choral director, singer and teacher specialising in choral music. Kathryn works as a Choral Director for the Diocese of Salford, visiting primary schools as part of the National Schools Singing Programme, and conducts the Cathedral Girls’ Choir, as well as supporting the work of the Cathedral Music Foundation.
She is Musical Director for Wilmslow choir The Lindow Singers, conducting their four annual concerts and all rehearsals. Kathryn has also performed as a vocal soloist and chorus member for Opera North’s Youth Chorus, and performed in their world premiere of Will Todd’s ‘Songs of Love and Battle’ in 2018. She also has experience of managing two professional operas in Manchester, and was co-chair of the ‘Musica’ festival committee from 2020-2022. She recently graduated with a 2:1 degree in Music from the University of Manchester. She is passionate about aiding everyone in reaching their musical potential.
David Wynn-Evans is a Manchester-based Choral Director and singer, joining the team of Music Staff to support the continued expansion of the National Schools Singing Programme in Salford. David is thrilled by the opportunity to widen the provision of music teaching and choral singing across the Diocese.
During his time studying Music at the University of Manchester, David conducted both the auditioned chamber choirs, a repertoire highlight being Ravel’s Trois Chansons. He also performed in two operas and acted as Chorus Master for another. He gained valuable experience leading music sessions in primary schools through the Music Society’s Outreach Scheme.
Alongside his role in Salford, David is Musical Director for the Macclesfield Mydel Choir. He also enjoys singing regularly with the choir of the Manchester Oratory and has sung with Kantos Chamber Choir. David also plays the trombone and loves exploring Scandinavian folk music.