Jack Thompson BA (Hons) MMus (Cantab) PGCE FRSA enjoys a varied career as a conductor, organist and teacher of music. He is Artistic Director of the Cadogan Consort and Sussex Chorus, and, since 2016, has served as Director of Music at St Mary's Church, Chelsea. He combines these posts with the full time position of Organist & Head of Academic Music at Ardingly College, and today maintains a busy freelance career alongside choirs and ensembles from across the UK.
Jack's work as a conductor, chorus master and organist continues to bring him into fruitful relationships with singers and instrumentalists of international repute. He has performed extensively at prestigious venues throughout the UK, Continental Europe, North America and the Far East, and, as Founder and Artistic Director of the Cadogan Consort, has worked in recent projects with members of the BBC Singers, Voces 8, Tenebrae and the Sixteen. Jack will soon make his conducting debuts with the London Mozart Players and Oxford Bach Soloists, appearing later this year at St John's Smith Square, Glyndebourne Opera and St Paul's Cathedral, London. Other notable highlights include full-scale performances of Brahms’ German Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Haydn’s Creation, together with numerous broadcasts and recordings for radio, television (BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Classic FM) and commercial CD. He has previously given organ recitals at Durham Cathedral, Westminster Cathedral and St John’s College, Cambridge, and has twice appeared as a soloist for HM The Queen.
Today, Jack remains active as a workshop leader and animateur, preparing artists for performances with Sir Thomas Allen, Kazushi Ono, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the OAE. He has premiered new music by David Bednall, Judith Bingham and Alex Woolf, and, in 2019, led a critically-acclaimed collaboration with Will Todd and the Will Todd Ensemble. Since his appointment as Organist & Director of Music at St Mary's Church, Chelsea, Jack has developed the musical provision to include annual concerts at Arundel Cathedral and St George's Cathedral, Southwark. A successful choral scholarship scheme was introduced in 2017, and the choir now works frequently with instrumentalists from the Royal Academy and Royal College of Music. He also serves as an advisor to Rhinegold Education and the Rodolfus Foundation, and, having worked previously at Oxford, Cambridge and Durham Universities, is engaged regularly as a private tutor by those applying to universities and conservatoires for choral, instrumental and academic awards.
Jack has studied choral conducting and organ performance with Stephen Layton, Graham Ross, Mark Williams, James Lancelot and Dame Gillian Weir. He completed a postgraduate degree in music at Cambridge University in 2016, and was both 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 as an organ scholar and vice-chancellor's scholar at Durham University, where he was also the recipient of the University's Graham and Joanna Barker Award. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, aged 24, in 2018.
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