Music Staff

Biographical details about the senior members of our Music Department.

Tansy Castledine – Director of Music

Tansy Castledine took up the post as Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral in September 2018. 

Tansy began her musical studies as the Parry Wood Organ Scholar at Exeter College, Oxford, following which she gained her MMus with Distinction in Choral Direction and Church Music from the Royal Academy of Music, winning all the major prizes for Choral Direction. Following this, Tansy worked with Finchley Children’s Music Group and became Director of Music at Belmont, Mill Hill Prep School, and St Paul’s Church, Mill Hill. Between 2004 and 2008 Tansy served as Visiting Lecturer and Director of the Chamber Choir at London City University, before becoming Director of Music at St George’s College, Weybridge in September 2007. Under Tansy’s direction, St George’s College Chamber Choir achieved unprecedented national success, winning both the BBC Songs of Praise Senior School Choir of the Year Competition and the Barnardo’s National Choir Competition in 2012, and being a finalist in the BBC Competition in 2016. Choral engagements included concerts at the Barbican, Royal Albert Hall, and St Martin-in-the-Fields, performing on BBC television and Radio 3 and 4, and directing four CD recordings.

Between 2012 and 2018 Tansy was Organist and Director of Music at St Mark's, Hamilton Terrace, NW8, prior to taking up her posts in Peterborough; Tansy is also Musical Director of Peterborough and Ramsey Choral Societies. Additionally she works for the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) as a Course Director and Singing Examiner, and has worked on programmes broadcast on ITV and Channel 4, and BBC Radio 2, 3, and the World Service. Tansy is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists (FRCO) and in February 2013 she was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) for distinguished service to the choral music and education professions. In November 2013 she was appointed Subject Specialist Inspector for Music by the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate (ISI), in 2014 was elected President (2015-2016) of the MMA, the UK's largest and longest established association of music teaching professionals, and in 2017 gained the NPQSL qualification in Senior Leadership.

David Humphreys – Assistant Director of Music

David HumphreysDavid Humphreys is Assistant Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral, where his duties include accompanying and directing the Cathedral Choir on a daily basis. He has held the post since moving from a similar role at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in October 2011, a time that has included two terms as Acting Director of Music, when he was responsible for the Cathedral’s entire music programme, including all the provision for choral services.

David is increasingly in demand as a recitalist, recently playing at venues including Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedrals. His most recent solo CD, from Peterborough Cathedral on the Regent label, was released in mid-March to critical acclaim; Gramophone hailing it as “a disc full of delights”, with “about as compelling a case for the Fantasia and Fugue in G by Parry as it has ever received on disc.” Alongside his solo work, David has played continuo for groups such as the Britten Sinfonia, Saraband Consort and Charivari Agréable, and taught for the University of Cambridge and Oundle for Organists.

David studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the University of Cambridge, where he read music. He held organ scholarships at All Saints, Margaret Street, St Albans Abbey and Jesus College, Cambridge, during which time, whilst an undergraduate, he was made a fellow of the Royal College of Organists. He has made numerous appearances on BBC radio and television, accompanying and directing choirs live on BBC Radio 3, and toured widely across Europe. He has played for a number of royal engagements, including, whilst at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, the Office for the Royal Maundy in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen.

 Käthe Wright Kaufman – Organ Scholar

Käthe is a recent graduate of the Eastman School of Music in Upstate New York, where she received both her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees following studies with David Higgs, Edoardo Bellotti and William Porter. During the year between the two degrees, she served as Organ Scholar at Truro Cathedral, where she worked with Christopher Gray, Luke Bond and Simon Jacobs. A native of Chicago, Käthe grew up as a chorister at St. Luke’s Parish Church in Evanston, Illinois, and began her organ studies there in 2007.

Käthe has performed for the American radio programme Pipedreams Live!, as well as in venues around the United States and the UK. An Associate of the American Guild of Organists, she has received numerous awards, including the Gerald Barnes Award for Excellence in Pipe Organ (2013), the inaugural VanDelinder Prize in Liturgical Organ Skills (2014), first place in the West Chester University International Organ Competition (2015), and second prize in the Fox Valley AGO Competition (2018). Before coming to Peterborough, Käthe worked as Organ Scholar at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Rochester, New York.

Further information

For further details about the Music Department at the Cathedral, please contact:

Penny Wood
Music Administrator
01733 355318

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