Timothy Parsons has been Assistant Director of Music at Exeter Cathedral since September 2016. He was a chorister at Guildford Cathedral and educated at Charterhouse before taking up the organ scholarship at Hereford Cathedral in 2010. He read for a degree in Music at Selwyn College, Cambridge, where he was Organ Scholar, and graduated with a starred first in 2014. Whilst at Cambridge he also held the organ scholarship for King's Voices, the mixed-voice choir of King's College Chapel. From 2014 to 2016 he was Organ Scholar at Winchester Cathedral, also serving for a term as Acting Assistant Director of Music. As accompanist to Exeter Cathedral Choir, he has played live on BBC Radio 3 and for a tour of Vienna and Bratislava as well as for its busy schedule of concerts. He is also the director of the Cathedral’s voluntary choir, the St Peter’s Singers.
Timothy studied the organ with Stephen Farr and obtained his FRCO in 2013. He has given recitals at numerous cathedrals around the UK including two appearances in the St Davids Cathedral Festival. In 2013, he was awarded second prize in the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition, and in the following two years was organ scholar for the Charles Wood Summer School in Armagh, directed by David Hill. Timothy has a particular performing interest in French music of the twentieth century, and recent recitals have featured the complete organ works of Maurice Duruflé as well as Olivier Messiaen’s cycles L’Ascension and La Nativité du Seigneur. He is active as a composer of choral music, and has been published by Encore Publications.