The Cathedral Music Department

Dr Christopher Ouvry-Johns
Director of Music
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Tel:  0116 261 5374
Christopher Ouvry-Johns began his musical career as a chorister at Derby Cathedral. He was a Choral Exhibitioner at Jesus College, Cambridge, where he read Modern and Mediaeval Languages and then completed an MPhil in Linguistics, and then spent five years living in Germany, first as Assistant Choirmaster at Osnabrück Cathedral and then as a student of Church Music in Düsseldorf. He returned to the UK in 2003 to study for a PhD in Linguistics at Durham, where he was Cathedral Organ Scholar and Conductor of the University Orchestra. Before joining Leicester Cathedral, Christopher was Choral Director in the Diocese of Leeds (based at Leeds Cathedral), Conductor of Tees Valley Youth Orchestra, and Deputy Chorus Master of Leeds Philharmonic Society.
Rosie Vinter
Assistant Director of Music
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Tel:  0116 261 5381

Prior to joining Leicester Cathedral, Rosie studied Theology and Religion, and Music with Vocal Teaching at Chichester University, and Music Performance at the London College of Music. She has since been teaching music at Abbots Bromley School and Lichfield Cathedral School, and has held posts as organ scholar at Chelmsford Cathedral, Temple Church and Lichfield Cathedral. She holds Associate diplomas with the London College of Music in Classical Voice and with the Royal College of Organists.
David Cowen
Associate Organist
David Cowen was an organ scholar at St Peter’s College, Oxford and Wells Cathedral. He also studied in Paris with Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin, focusing on improvisation. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, holds the Certificat d’aptitude d’Artiste Musicien of the Diocese of Paris and was a finalist in both Biarritz International Organ Competition and Haarlem International Improvisation Competition. David currently teaches organ at Loughborough Schools Foundation and performs regularly with Leicestershire Chorale.
Emma Trounson
DioSing! Choral Director
Emma is a choral conductor, soprano and peripatetic music teacher. Emma graduated from Bristol University with a BA(hons) in Music and French in 2010 and from Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with an MA in Choral Conducting in 2012.Emma is Director of Mission through Music at All Saints with Holy Trinity Parish Church, Loughborough where she directs the children’s and adults’ choirs and oversees all musical activities, both within the church and through outreach in the local community, including a new project with vulnerable adults called ‘SoundBites’. Through her role as a DioSing! Choral Director at Leicester Cathedral where she teaches singing to classes of children in North Leicestershire schools. Emma is Joint Head of Music at Leicester Preparatory School. She directs three Leicester-based adult choirs: Fosse Singers, Semper Singers and Corah. She is the Choir Leader for SoundCafe, a safe, creative space for homeless and vulnerably housed people in Leicester.Emma sang the soprano solo in Schubert’s Mass in G as part of the Easter Day service broadcast live on BBC 1 from Leicester Cathedral in 2014 and as part of the choir for the reinterment services for Richard III and subsequently commissioned a primary schools cantata for DioSing!: ‘The King in the Car Park’ for which she conducted the première. Later that year she conducted Fosse Singers as they sang the National Anthems for all three Rugby World Cup games which took place at Leicester’s King Power Stadium.

For more information, please visit: www.emmatrounson.com

Katy Dent
DioSing! Choral Director
Born in Westmorland, Katy settled in Leicester after taking a Performing Arts Degree at De Montfort University.  Katy has performed with many choirs, most notably with the Birmingham-based Ex Cathedra Chamber Choir.  She studied singing with the late Pamela Cook MBE for many years and is a member of The Wren Ensemble. Solo engagements have included:  Dixit Dominus and Athalia (Handel), Mass in C minor (Mozart), Carmina Burana (Orff), Stabat Mater (Pergolesi) and Creation (Haydn).  Katy played the role of Marcellina in Knighton Opera’s production of ‘The Marriage of Figaro’.

With Ex Cathedra Katy has taken part in recordings and broadcasts for the BBC World Service, Radio 4, Radio 3 and BBC Prom Concerts.  She worked for the Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service, including Acting Head of Voice in 2010-11, before joining the Cathedral Staff as a Choral Director in September 2013.  She conducts ‘Sing4Fun’, the South Wigston Community Choir.