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.
Organist & Director of Music
Peter Litman was the organ scholar at Christ Church College, Canterbury (1996-1999) where he studied for a degree in music, and taught music in local primary schools. A gifted teacher and choral director, he read higher degrees in music education at Roehampton University and latterly, at the Institute of Education, University of London. Peter was appointed director of the innovative MA Choral Education course at Roehampton University from 2003 - 2009, and relocated to North Wales when he was appointed Director of Music at Glyndwr University between 2009 - 2012. Here, he continued his organ studies with Roger Fisher, gaining Fellowship of the London College of Music before being appointed to St German's Cathedral in 2012. At the Cathedral, Peter is responsible for all areas of developing the Cathedral's musical life, including a busy programme of choral services, rehearsals, concerts and the training of organ scholars. 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.
Christopher Beaumont 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.
Stuart Corrie spent his early life in Lancaster and was lucky enough to be encouraged to take advantage of the considerable musical opportunities there, eventually settling on learning to play the organ. Whilst at Lancaster Royal Grammar School, he was a recital prize winner at the Oundle International Organ Festival and was a finalist in the National Young Organist of the Year competition, held at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. Stuart went on to read music at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London where he was appointed organ scholar, studying with Prof Lionel Pike, Roger Judd and Jeremy Filsell. He also held the post of organist at Windsor Parish Church. His accomplishments garnered him a scholarship to study at Tulane University in New Orleans in the US. Studying with Wieslaw Rentowski, he also sang in the Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral Choir and was honoured to perform in their recital series. Stuart went on to hold positions at Chelmsford Cathedral, Felsted School, and for many years was assistant Director of Music at Rossall School. In 2017 he relocated to the Isle of Man when he was appointed the Deputy Head (Pastoral) at King Williams College.
Our treasured Choral Heritage - now, and for tomorrow ......