Music Staff

ROBERT POYSER has been the Director of Music at Beverley Minster since March 2009. He combines his busy role at the Minster with teaching piano and organ, performing and accompanying. Since arriving at the Minster, Robert has founded a Girls’ choir which is now a regular and integral part of the musical life of the Minster and more recently, a Junior choir.  Other highlights have included recording four CDs with the Minster Choir and, recently an Organ CD recorded at the Minster to mark the culmination of major work to the instrument. When away from the Minster, Robert enjoys railways, watching cricket, cooking and travelling.

 

 

IAN SEDDON has been Assistant Organist at Beverley Minster since 2013. He plays the organ at the majority of choral services in the Minster and with the Choir when on tour. Ian studied Organ with David Cutter at Wigan Parish Church and later with David Cooper at Blackburn Cathedral and Derrick Cantrell in Manchester. He has been a salaried Church Musician from the age of nine years and held his first post as Organist & Choirmaster at the age of 15. Prior to his appointment at Beverley Minster, Ian was Assistant Organist at Broughton Parish Church, Preston. He is a Fellow and Music Examiner for the London College of Music.

 

 

RACHEL JEROME established the Junior Choir in 2017 to encourage singing together for fun from an early age. She has a wealth of choral experience and currently sings as part of the Minster Choir. She previously directed Viva Children’s Choir and Manchester Cathedral Greenhouse Choir. Rachel has a busy schedule teaching harp and singing as well as examining for ABRSM. She enjoys spending time with her two children who are choristers in the boys’ choir, and organising harp-playing events for her students.

 

 

 

DOMINIC JOYCE has been organ scholar at Beverley Minster since September 2016, when he also started studying for a degree in Music at Hull University. Dominic started his choral singing career at 10 years old in St Mary-le-Tower, where an interest in organ playing began and developed under his teacher, Giles Brightwell. He later became Organ Scholar there in 2013. Since then, Dominic has been a part of televised and radio broadcast performances and concerts across Europe as a conductor, singer and organist. Outside of his musical career, Dominic enjoys voice acting and performing radio plays with the University’s Drama Society.

 

 

HARRY HAINSWORTH-STAPLES

A chorister with Beverley Minster since he was 10 years old, Harry has been involved with choral music making as a treble, and now a tenor, and has been learning the organ with Director of Music Robert Poyser since 2012. As one of the beneficiaries of the Dr Martin Clarke Young Organ Scholars Trust scholarships, Harry has just passed his Grade 7 Organ exam and is enjoying supporting services both accompanying, singing and occasionally conducting. He has pursued music outside the Minster through the East Riding Youth Orchestra as first trumpet. At South Hunsley Sixth Form College, Harry studies Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry. He follows cricket, rugby and most sport.