Music Staff

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.


Christopher Strange - Organist

Chris Strange, Organist at Peterborough CathedralChris took up the post of Cathedral Organist in September 2020.

Born and raised in Cheshire, Chris studied at Chetham’s School of Music before moving to London to study at the Royal College of Music with Margaret Phillips and Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin. In 2018 he obtained the Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists winning all the available prizes and later in the same year graduated with a first class honours degree. He has held posts at Manchester Cathedral, Grosvenor Chapel, London and Chelmsford Cathedral. Most recently before moving to Peterborough, Chris was Assisting Organist at York Minster.


Adam Hope - Head of Choral Development

Adam Hope, Head of Choral Development at Peterborough CathedralAdam took up the new, part-time post as Head of Choral Development in September 2020.

Adam Hope enjoys a diverse career as a choral conductor, accompanist and music educator. In addition to his work at Peterborough Cathedral, he is an Assistant Conductor and Musicianship coach for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Visiting Head of Choral Music at St John’s Beaumont in Old Windsor, and organist at Dartford Parish Church. His other work includes choral training and singing lessons at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music, and conductor of the London-based Hanover Choir. As an educator, Adam is a passionate advocate and practitioner of the Kodály method, and was awarded the British Kodály Academy’s Cecilia Vajda Memorial Scholarship in 2018.


Organ Scholar - Imogen Morgan

Imogen Morgan, Organ Scholar at Peterborough Cathedral

Imogen Morgan joins Peterborough Cathedral (September 2020) having completed her undergraduate degree in Music at Durham University and gained her Associateship of the Royal College of Organists. During this time, Imogen was Senior Organ Scholar of Durham Cathedral, where she regularly accompanied and directed the choir and led chorister rehearsals. Additionally, she was also Senior Organ Scholar at University College, with whom she recorded Duruflé’s Requiem on their album ‘In Memoriam’, released by Priory Records in July 2020. Imogen started learning the organ at the age of 10 while she was a chorister at Ripon Cathedral. She accompanied her first Evensong at the age of 14 before spending four years at St Catherine’s School, Bramley as the Jennifer Bate Organ Scholar. 


Further information

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

Music Administrator
01733 355318
music@peterborough-cathedral.org.uk

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