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
Phoebe Tak Man Chow MPerf (RCM), BMus (RCM)

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

Originating from Yorkshire, Peter spent eight years forging his musical career in London before moving to Ireland. 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. 

Phoebe Tak Man Chow became the full time Assistant Director of Music in September 2017. 

She was born in Hong Kong and educated at Harrogate Ladies’ College, North Yorkshire, England. She first took up organ studies with Mr Adrian Selway in 2006, and subsequently served as a member in the chapel choir.

Due to her interest in Anglican church music and keyboard accompaniment, she read music and studied organ performance at the Royal College of Music in London where she completed a Bachelor of Music degree and a Masters of Performance degree, graduating with the Walford Davies Organ Prize.  She received regular organ tuition from professor David Graham (London), Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin (Paris), participated in masterclasses with Oliver Latry (Paris), Pieter van Dijk (Alkmaar) and many others. Besides organ studies, she has also completed harpsichord studies with Professor Robert Woolley (London), stylistic studies (composition), historical studies, advanced aural studies, keyboard accompaniment, and sang in the RCM chorus.

The RCM organ department organises annual trips abroad, enabling students to widen their perspectives on the performance of foreign church music.  In 2013 Phoebe was awarded the Flentrop Organ Scholarship to study at the Flentrop organ building company in the Netherlands where she practised pipe manufacturing, basic voicing, and tuning skills. To explore historical Dutch instruments in greater depth, she participated in summer courses held by the Prince Claus Conservatoire (Groningen) and the Haarlem International Organ Festival (Haarlem).

To date, Phoebe has held organ scholarships and assistant posts in London churches for six years, working with choral scholars and professional musicians. Before moving to Ireland she was Music Assistant/Chapel Organist at the Emanuel School, London, where she taught group sessions and served as accompanist for all occasions.