If you wish to speak to a member of the Music Department, please see Ripon Cathedral Music Offices.
Office number: 01765 603496
Andrew Bryden has been Organist and Director of Music of Ripon Cathedral since November 2003. Prior to this he was the cathedral’s Assistant Organist and Director of Music at Ripon Cathedral Choir School from 1998. His work at Ripon has received much acclaim, most notably for his vision and implementation of a new choral foundation in 2012.
Andrew studied music as an organ scholar at Aberdeen University, and specialised in performance and editorial techniques. His organ teachers included Roger Bevan Williams, George McPhee, and Timothy Byram-Wigfield. Toward the end of his university studies, Andrew was appointed Organ Scholar and subsequently Assistant Organist of St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Aberdeen.
After graduation Andrew moved to Sheffield as Director of Music of St. John’s Church, Ranmoor. Here he maintained and developed the historic music tradition established by his predecessors, studied for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education at Bretton Hall, and continued to develop his organ playing with David Sanger.
In 1994 Andrew became Organ Scholar of Canterbury Cathedral. He held this post for an unprecedented three years, including a brief spell as Acting Assistant Organist, and combined this work with the post of Head of Academic Music at St. Edmund’s School, Canterbury.
As an accompanist and recitalist Andrew has played at many of the major venues in the United Kingdom, and has undertaken tours to Holland, Germany, Austria and North America. He has broadcast on both BBC and independent radio and television and has made a number of CD recordings on various labels.
In addition to his cathedral duties and organ playing commitments, Andrew undertakes a modest amount of private teaching and is an ABRSM examiner. He is also active as a composer, and some of his choral works are published by Encore Publications.
Tim Harper has been Assistant Director of Music at Ripon Cathedral since September 2014. He trained as organ scholar successively at St Barnabas Church, Dulwich, Clare College, Cambridge, Canterbury Cathedral and St Paul’s Cathedral; as a pupil of David Sanger, he gained the major prizes at ARCO and FRCO and was subsequently awarded the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
In 2010 he was appointed Assistant Director of Music at Birmingham Cathedral. During these years, he appeared with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Ex Cathedra and the Birmingham Bach Choir, while studying organ with Andrew Fletcher and singing with Matthew Venner.
A frequent recitalist, he also enjoys continuo work, is accompanist to the early music course NORVIS and was part of the conducting team of the Halcyon Singers. An interest in jazz keeps his improvisational instincts exercised, while also finding more direct employment in settings including jazz Eucharists at St Paul’s Cathedral. In 2016 he developed an interest in transcription through his arrangement of A Colour Symphony by Arthur Bliss.
Alana Brook has been Organ Scholar at Ripon Cathedral since September 2017. Alana hails from Australia, where she began her organ studies in 2011 at St Peter’s Cathedral, Adelaide. She was Organ Scholar in Adelaide for four years, and during this time was involved in a tour to the UK and France. She was fortunate to play, conduct and sing services in cathedrals including York Minster, Westminster Abbey, Lincoln Cathedral and Notre Dame, Paris. Alana studied a Bachelor of Music Education and a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Adelaide before moving to England in September 2015 to take up the role of Organ Scholar at Milton Abbey School. In January 2017 she received her ARCO while studying with David Gostick.
Tracey coordinates the Music Development Team, which operates in schools across the area.
Tracey’s background is in primary education. Her work for Ripon Cathedral involves running a music outreach programme as well as forging links between local schools and organisations and the cathedral. This includes running a School’s Singing Programme and setting up a Junior Choir. Anyone interested in being a part of the school’s programme may contact her directly at email@example.com.