June 18 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Callum Alger gained his early musical education as a chorister at St Matthew’s Church, Northampton. It was here that he began to study the organ with Stephen Moore, and in September 2011 was appointed as the Organ Scholar at St Matthew’s. Whilst in Northampton, Callum worked as the Music Technician at the Northampton School for Boys, and was accompanist for the Northamptonshire County Youth Choir and Boys Choir.
In 2014, he then became the Michael James Organ Scholar at Portsmouth Cathedral: a joint role between the Cathedral and the Grammar School, assisting in the music departments at both establishments. He was the rehearsal pianist in preparation for the Grammar School’s world premiere of a new cantata by Jonathan Dove ‘For an Unknown Soldier’ (written for Remembrance 2014), and accompanied the cathedral choir on their Christmas Day BBC Radio 4 broadcast.
This past year, Callum has played for the Royal Yacht Squadron’s bicentenary service, in which HRH the Duke of Edinburgh was present. He was also fortunate enough to be part of the finals of the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition in Armagh, and has also become Associates of both the Royal College of Organists, and Trinity College London. He can be heard accompanying the choir and playing a solo, on the St Matthew’s Church choir CD ‘O How Glorious’.
Callum is currently in his first year as an undergraduate student at Birmingham Conservatoire, studying organ with Henry Fairs and David Saint. Alongside his course, he is the Director of Music at St Thomas’ Church, Stourbridge, where he runs the music department: regularly playing the organ, conducting the choir and leading the administrative side of things too.