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Meet our new Director of Music

3 September 2021

We are delighted to welcome Dr Ed Jones to Wakefield Cathedral as our new Director of Music.

We caught up with Ed to discuss his new role, his background and his excitement in taking up the position at Wakefield Cathedral…

When did you first pick up a passion for music?

At the age of five I first started playing the piano, however after one year of trying I soon decided it wasn’t for me and gave it up… for the time being anyway!

At ten I began playing the cello and then by the age of thirteen I had decided to once again give the piano a go, this time being more successful that my first attempt.

It was when at university in my home city of Aberdeen that I was first introduced to the organ and choral music whilst completing my Undergraduate Degree in Music, here I continued on with my training whilst achieving my Masters and PHD in Choral Composition.

Where did you work prior to coming to Wakefield Cathedral?

I have held a number of roles (such as through Organ Scholarships and Assistant Director of Music roles) throughout the years in some fantastic locations including Blackburn, Exeter, Belfast, Bradford and most latterly Worcester.

It was whilst working as Assistant Director of Music at Belfast Cathedral that I actually met my partner Helen who was the Visitor and Tourism Manager at the time.

What made you want to work at Wakefield Cathedral?

I had visited Wakefield a few times in the past, including one time when I was working from Bradford Cathedral, and have always enjoyed visiting this wonderful cathedral. When I saw the role advertised and learnt more about the position on offer I thought it was completely down my street, the directing, playing, vision and ambition all matched with me what I wanted perfectly.

What are you wanting to bring to the role?

I want to really make Wakefield Cathedral’s Music Department something which people want to get involved with. I want people to love coming to sing and play at Wakefield and for our choristers to believe that being in the choir is obviously the best thing in the world.

What keeps you occupied outside of work?

I’m a bit of a petrol head so have a keen interest in cars but I also enjoy running, particularly long-distance running having completed a number of half-marathons and marathons in the past (something I’m hoping to get back into in the coming months into the stunning hills of Yorkshire!)

I also enjoy spending time with my partner Helen, be it heading away on city breaks or simply relaxing with a nice meal (I do enjoy a good curry and the odd trip to the pub too!)

Any final words?

I’d just like to say how much I am looking forward to starting my role here at Wakefield Cathedral and meeting more of the people within the Music Department and from across the congregation too. I’m really excited to be here and can’t wait to get going.

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