For centuries music has played a central role in the daily life of Cathedrals.
For centuries music has played a central role in the daily life of cathedrals. Not only is it critical in supporting the round of worship, but it offers the opportunity for wider community engagement and enjoyment.
Dr Peter Litman is the Organist and Director of Music at Cathedral Isle of Man and is responsible for making music happen at the Cathedral.
Peter began his musical career as the organ scholar at Christ Church College, Canterbury (1996-1999) where he also studied for a degree in Music. He went on to read higher degrees in Music Education at Roehampton University and latterly, at the Institute of Education, University of London. He furthered his studies in organ performance with Roger Fisher, and before being appointed to the Isle of Man in 2012, was the Organist and Director of Music at St Peter's Collegiate Church, in Ruthin, North Wales. At the Cathedral, Peter is responsible for all areas of the Cathedral’s musical life, including a busy programme of choral services, rehearsals, concerts and the training of organ scholars. In 2012, he was awarded Fellowship of the London College of Music (FLCM). In 2016 he was given an Honorary Fellowship to the Guild of Church Musicians (HonFGCM) for ‘distinguished services to Church Music’; and recently he has been awarded the prestigious Associate of the Royal School of Church Music (ARSCM) for his work, particularly at the Cathedral.
Dr Litman is assisted by the Organ Scholar for 2018/2019, Christopher Beaumont.
Christopher was formerly an organ scholar at St Andrew's Cathedral, and at the University in Aberdeen where he also studied for a degree in Music. Chris furthered his study with the Open University, gaining a Masters degree in Music in 2017. Prior to coming to Cathedral Isle of Man, he was Director of Music at Kenilworth Parish Church, near Coventry. Chris continues to study the organ with Nigel Allcoat and in 2014 was awarded LTCL in Organ Performance.
In 1745, Bishop Hildesley established a choir of ten boys and ten girls who sang at Bishopscourt and were clothed and fed as part of their choristership.
An integral part of the Cathedral’s responsibility in serving the Island, is to increase access to music for the wider community.
Music is incredibly important both to Cathedral life and the wider Island community.
Every Sunday at 3.30pm
Join us for Choral Evensong with the Cathedral Choristers every Sunday at 3.30pm in term time. (with occasional variations of time for Cathedral events). Said Evening Prayer during holidays.