delighted to announce that Stephen Moore, our Director
of Music since 2010, has been appointed Organist and
Master of the Choristers at Llandaff Cathedral.
Stephen’s final Sunday with the Choir is 17 July. He
takes up his new responsibilities in September.
We are delighted for Stephen. His richly deserved
preferment was achieved in the face of stiff
competition, and he follows in the footsteps of Robert
Joyce's appointment to Llandaff in 1958. Stephen is now
the first director of music at St Matthew’s to go
directly to a corresponding cathedral appointment since
David Ponsford in 1979.
Incidentally, so far as we are aware, this will be the
first time that two siblings (Tom Moore is Director of
Music at Wakefield Cathedral) have served concurrently
as cathedral directors of music in the UK.
Stephen has worked tirelessly for our Parish, greatly
expanding his role, and has acquitted himself with
considerable distinction. He has taken the musical life
of the parish to new heights, broadened its appeal,
delivered the quality of repertoire and performance for
which St Matthew’s was formally renowned, and enhanced
the reputation of our parish far beyond its bounds.
Thanks to his efforts, our well-respected musical life
has become a point of numeric growth, as well as
spiritual enrichment. We are indebted to Stephen for all
he has achieved, and anticipate a bright future for him,
We pray that God will continue to bless him in his
future life and vocation.