THE Chapter of Chester Cathedral has appointed a new director of music.
Philip Rushforth, 35, took up the post on January 1. His predecessor, David Poulter, the cathedral’s director of music since 1997, was recently appointed director of music of Liverpool Cathedral.
Philip said: “I am very excited to be building on the firm foundation of musical excellence, and developing the musical offering of Chester Cathedral.”
As director of music, Philip is responsible for the Cathedral choir.
“We will welcome Aled Jones to the Cathedral in April and very much look forward to singing with him,” he said.
Before that, audiences can look forward to a concert by international concert organist Carlo Curley on March 29.
Father-of-three Philip started his musical training as a chorister at Chester Cathedral in 1981 when he began learning the organ with cathedral organist Roger Fisher.
In 1991 he went up to Trinity College, Cambridge as organ scholar and after graduating in 1994 took up the post of assistant organist at Southwell Minster.
In September 2000 he was a prizewinner in the Royal College of Organists’ Performer of the Year Award, performing Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ.Š
He has won many recital awards.
Philip returned to Chester with his wife, Louise, in 2002 when he was appointed assistant director of music of Chester Cathedral. They live in Upton.