Tim was inspired to take up the organ whilst a chorister at King's College, Cambridge. He first began learning the instrument whilst a Music Scholar at Oundle School, with James Parsons.

After a year's study at the Royal College of Music with Richard Popplewell, Tim took up the organ scholarship at Christ Church, Oxford. Here he studied with David Sanger and Francis Grier; he also toured with the cathedral choir to the U.S.A and Belgium, and took part in their recordings and broadcasts.

His first professional appointment was as Sub-Organist at Winchester Cathedral, where he worked with Martin Neary and David Hill. He recorded organ programmes for BBC Radio 3, and recorded his first solo CD, Antiphonies, on the cathedral organ on the Priory label. At this time he was a finalist in the Performer of the Year competition presented by the Royal College of Organists.

At the age of only 28 he was appointed the first full-time Master of the Music at St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, in succession to Dennis Townhill. Highlights of his time there were performances of Messiaen's cycles of organ works during the Edinburgh Festival, on the magnificent Willis/Harrison organ of 1879, as well as giving recitals around the U.K. and abroad, particularly in the U.S.A., in Michigan, Texas, Boston, and New York.

Whilst subsequently Director of Chapel Music at Jesus College, Cambridge, he recorded a CD of orchestral transcriptions on the Lewis organ in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow, which was nominated for a Grammy award in the Instrumental category.

For the last 10 years, as Director of Music at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, he had the privilege to play for services attended by, and at the request of, H.M. The Queen. Recordings during this time included a survey of the music of Alfred Hollins, at the 1922 Harrison organ of the Caird Hall, Dundee (an instrument designed by Hollins himself), on the Delphian label. Also a sequence of Messiaen's early output, including La Nativité du Seigneur, Les Corps Glorieux, and L'Ascension, at the organ of St George's Chapel, also on Delphian, which were enthusiastically received by the critics. He also presented performances of Liszt's major organ works during the anniversary year for the Windsor Festival. He has also recorded the complete organ works of Sir William Harris, on the Regent label, shortly to be released.

He is currently Director of Music at All Saints' Margaret Street, where he presides over the magnificent vintage Harrison instrument of 1910, allowing him the freedom to undertake more playing and teaching. Recent recitals include a welcome to return to St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, Winchester and Derby Cathedrals, St Lawrence, Jewry, Queen's and Keble Colleges in Oxford, the Mansion House, London, (on the new organ commissioned for the Lord Mayor), a concert in the series at Alton Parish Church, Hampshire, at Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris, and St John's, Smith Square.

Future plans include a return trip to the U.S.A. and the Netherlands, a second recording of orchestral transcriptions on the Binns organ of Rochdale Town Hall, and transcriptions of Ravel and Debussy for Regent on the organ at All Saints'.



 
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