Conductor, Organist, Pianist & Teacher
Jack Thompson is currently Director of Music at St Mary's Church, Chelsea and Organist and Head of Academic Music at Ardingly College. He has worked previously as a conductor and organist at Oxford, Cambridge and Durham Universities, and today maintains a busy freelance career alongside choirs and ensembles from across the UK.
Jack has studied choral conducting and organ performance with some of the world's most prominent musicians and educators, including Stephen Layton, James Lancelot, Graham Ross, Mark Williams and Dame Gillian Weir. He is Founder and Artistic Director of the Cadogan Consort, and has worked in recent projects with members of the BBC Singers, Glyndebourne Opera, Tenebrae and the Sixteen. He has prepared choirs for performances with Sir Thomas Allen and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and has also worked with children’s choruses and youth ensembles in advance of concerts and broadcasts at the BBC Proms. Jack remains in frequent demand as an organist and continuo player, and has twice performed as a soloist for HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.
Jack recently completed a postgraduate degree in music, specialising in choral conducting, at Cambridge University. Here, he was Organ Scholar of Corpus Christi College and Organist for St John's Voices, the mixed-voice choir of St John's College. Jack was previously educated at Durham University, where he was an organ scholar, vice-chancellor's scholar and recipient of the Barker Music Award. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, aged 24, in 2018.
Jack is often available for weddings, receptions, religious services and other events. He is located in and around the South East during School term time, and in Central London during the Christmas, Easter, and Summer vacations. For a full list of Jack's forthcoming engagements, please click here. To request more information, or to book Jack for your event, please contact him here. Exact fees for weddings, funerals, services and other events are determined on an individual basis and will incorporate any travel or other additional costs that may be incurred.