Diocese of Cork, Cloyne & Ross

Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral

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Training for the Cathedral choirs is in the hands of a team of highly-skilled professional musicians:


Director of Music
Peter Stobart MA (RAM), BA (Dunelm.), ARCO, LRAM, LTCL, LLCM


Assistant Director of Music
James Taylor MA, B.Mus (Hons), Artist Diploma (McGill), ARCO


Michael James Organ Scholar
Ann-Christin Bloch


Peter Stobart  is Director of Music, having taken up the post in October 2015. 

Originating from Yorkshire, Peter has spent the last eight years forging his musical career in London.  He studied choral conducting for two years at the Royal Academy of Music with Patrick Russill and Paul Brough. He was the winner of the Alan Kirby prize for choir training 2007/8 and the Thomas Armstrong Prize for Choral Conducting 2008/9 and took part in masterclasses with David Hill and the BBC Singers.


Peter began his career working as the organ scholar of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and as the organ scholar at the College of St. Hild and St. Bede, University of Durham for three years. It was here that he read a degree in music and also directed the Durham University Chamber Choir. After graduating, he sang as a Lay Clerk in Peterborough Cathedral choir and he conducted the chamber choir St. Peter’s Singers, and the Peterborough Children’s Choir.


Whilst he lived in London he was the Head of Co-Curricular Music at St Dunstan’s College, Catford, he directed the Southampton University Chamber Choir, the Hogarth Singers, the A Cappella Singers of Weybridge, and the vocal chamber group Novem Altare. He was also Director of Music and Organist at Christ Church, East Sheen.


He is primarily a choral specialist and voice trainer who has led workshops and choral days with singers of all ages. He has run ‘Come and Sing’ events on Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem and has curated a series of Bach’s Cantatas and Passions and Handel’s Chandos Anthems. He has a particularly enthusiasm for Baroque music and uses period instrument ensembles regularly.


As a Tenor, Peter has recently sung solo roles in performances of Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St John Passion and Magnificat, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Requiem, Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers and Orff’s Carmina Burana. He has also been a regular deputy singer at Westminster Abbey.


In 2014 Peter became the Artistic Director for the Voices of Hangzhou Youth Choir based in a large city near Shanghai. He ran a summer school there during July and August 2014 for fifty children aged 8 to 16 and performed on Chinese National Day. He ran a similar course in August 2015, and the concert was broadcast on Chinese National Television as part of the 70th Anniversary celebrations for the end of World War II. 


James Taylor is Assistant Director of Music and has worked in the UK and Canada.  

He lectures at the Cork School of Music and is a highly accomplished recitalist.  

In recent years he has given organ recitals in France, Germany, and the UK.