Area Team Members
Area Team Leader: Mrs Marie Price
Secretary: Mr Nicholas Hopton
Regional Manager: Mr Andrew Moodie
Contact: Mr Andrew Moodie
Phone: 07860 719167
Meet the Area Team
Andrew was Director of Music at a Northampton church for 30 years. Formerly he was co-ordinator for the south of England, has also served with the RSCM Peterborough and Northampton Area, and for many years played the organ for the Southern Cathedral Singers. He also was an examiner for the RSCM until recently.
Andrew graduated in Music from UEA and then became assistant organist at Jesus College, Cambridge before entering the teaching profession. He took early retirement to concentrate on his passion for church music. He has tutored on and directed events for the RSCM, notably local three-day courses and examination preparation training sessions. Andrew was awarded the HonRSCM in 2016.
Area Team Leader
Marie has been running church choirs for over 35 years, as a choral scholar at Exeter University, where she took her degree in Music and teaching qualification, then as assistant choirmaster at Hendon St Mary (London Diocese) for 7 years and as director of Dunstable Priory Girls’ Choir for 13 years, for ten years directing two choirs at St Albans Cathedral and now as Director of Music at St Nicholas Church, Harpenden. . Marie has led courses and singing days for the RSCM and others in various parts of the country and is a certified Sing Up trainer for teachers
Nicholas lives and worships in Harlington. He is Head of English at Bedford School and a choral composer with numerous works published by United Music Publishing. Over the years, Nicholas has played the organ for church services and led amateur choirs in Fife, Lancashire, Suffolk and Gloucestershire. He currently conducts The Quintet Choir, a friendly group of singers drawn from several local congregations.
Laurence was Director of Music at Dunstable Priory, where he maintained a flourishing choir of boys and men; in 1995 inviting Marie Price to set up a similar choir for girls. From 1981 until 1993 he was Organist & Choirmaster at St John’s, Whetstone and during most of that time sang for Martin How in the RSCM Southern Cathedral Singers and for the Summer Cathedral Residencies. In addition to his work at the Priory, for the last four years Laurence has also been Organist at St Saviour’s, Luton.
Fr Calum Zuckert
Fr Calum is Minor Canon Youth Chaplain at St Albans Cathedral, and continues to work part-time as a freelance choral conductor. He studied music in Durham, having grown up in Edinburgh, and then begun ordination training initially at Westcott House in Cambridge, where he also completed a Master’s degree in choral conducting.
Alan is currently Director of Music at St Mary’s Parish Church, Hitchin, an examiner for ABRSM and a teacher at St Paul’s Cathedral School, London, and Bedford School. He studied organ at The Royal Academy of Music, London with Martindale Sidwell and Peter Hurford. Previous organist posts include St Mary’s, Bathwick, Bath and St Ninian’s Episcopal Cathedral, Perth, Scotland. Previously he was also Perth City Organist. As a choral conductor Alan has worked with Enfield Choral Society, Hitchin Thespians and Leighton Buzzard Festival Singers. His examining career has enabled him to travel to many parts of the world to assess graded and diploma level exams. Alan is particularly enthusiastic about encouraging young singers and organists and, is looking forward to welcoming participants for The Dorothy Wells Organ Foundation and Ed Kisby Choral Scholarships run from St Mary’s, Hitchin.
Christopher is a freelance Organist, Accompanist, Conductor, Teacher and Consultant who has been involved with the RSCM in this Area for over 40 years. He is St Albans Cathedral’s Parish Organist and Director of the Parish Choir, and an Assistant Organist at St Nicholas’ Church, Harpenden. He has directed our local RSCM Area Chamber Choir since its institution 11 years ago.
Area Team Member
Derek’s musical career began as a chorister at Salisbury Cathedral. An Oxford organ scholarship (St Edmund Hall) and FRCO followed. He was counter-tenor soloist with the much-recorded St George’s Canzona. His focus was then on conducting choirs (establishing two chamber choirs and conducting 800+ Hertfordshire singers in major works in the Royal Albert Hall four times). Derek recently left his role as MD of Hertford CS after 40+ years. He was an ABRSM examiner. Now he sings (St Albans cathedral choir), plays the organ (services in various churches and occasional organ recitals). He accompanies a very experienced baritone in recitals of English Song.