Marc Murray was born in Cape Town, and educated at the University of Cape Town’s College of Music (U.C.T.). He moved to the U.K. in May 2010 to take up the post of Director of Music at St. Botolph’s Church, Boston (Boston Stump). He was until May 2015, Director of Music and Conductor for Peterborough Opera. He has conducted many local opera and choral groups, and is in great demand as a teacher, vocal coach and accompanist.
At U.C.T. he was a winner of the Leslie Arnold Award and the Metropolitan Methodist Church Organ Prize He holds several teaching and performing qualifications : from the University of South Africa (Performing and teaching); Trinity College of Music, London and the Royal College of Organists. Marc is a holder of both the Associate Diploma and Choral Directing Diploma of the R.C.O. As an organist, Marc has given recitals and played in concerts throughout South Africa, as well at the U.S.A., Germany, Sweden, and the U.K. including recitals in Westminster Abbey, Southwark, St. Paul’s, Newcastle and Bradford Cathedrals.
In South Africa, Marc worked for the National Department of Education on a programme, which gave all school learners the opportunity to participate in choral singing. He also worked as Acting and Assistant Chorus Master for Cape Town Opera.
Marc formed his own chamber choir in 2003 and was for twenty years, Organist & Director of Music at St Saviour’s Church, Claremont (The Parish Church of the Archbishop of Cape Town).
Elin Rees, Organist is from Penarth, which is just outside Cardiff, and grew up in a musical family; performing as a piano and harp soloist and accompanist from when she was very young. Elin started having organ lessons at Llandaff Cathedral when she was 12 years old. At 16 years of age, she won a scholarship to the Purcell School of Music, where she studied piano performance with James Gibb and the organ with Anne Elise Smoot.
Elin was at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) for five years and during this time became a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music with a BMus (Hons) in Piano Performance; obtained under the guidance of Paul Janes and Carole Presland. She was finalist in the RNCM Duo competition in 2009 and 2010 and was soloist in a performance of Mendelssohn's First Piano Concerto with the Manchester Beethoven Orchestra. She has also performed in Masterclasses with Barry Snyder, Rolf Hind, Mark Ray, Jack Gibbons and most recently, Lesley Howard.
Elin has earned a Masters in Performance at the RNCM; supported by an entrance award from the College and a bursary from the Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust.
As an organist, Elin was initially able to continue lessons at the RNCM with Kevin Bowyer and was a finalist in the RNCM Prize Competition in 2010. Whilst in Manchester, Elin had the great experience of working with Ronald Frost as Pilling Organ Scholar for four years at St. Ann's Church and regularly performs at the Tuesday lunchime concerts there.