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.
  Assistant Director of Music
This post is currently vacant.
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
Born in 1988, Emma read for a BA(hons) in Music and French at the University of Bristol and graduated in 2010; she held the conductorship of the Bristol University Chamber Choir in her final year.

In 2012, Emma graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with an MA in Choral Conducting; she was appointed the Chorusmaster of the RWCMD Opera Chorus in her final year.

As part of her role of Choral Director at Leicester Cathedral, she coaches the Cathedral choirs, delivers the DioSing! programme to 14 schools in Leicester and North Leicestershire and directs the Loughborough Children’s Choir at All Saints’ with Holy Trinity Parish Church.

In addition to appearing frequently as a soprano soloist, Emma teaches singing and conducts the Concert Choir at English Martyrs’ Catholic School and is also the Musical Director of The Chanterelders, Fosse Singers and St Cecilia Singers.

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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.