The Cathedral Music Department

Chris Johns
Dr Christopher Ouvry-Johns
Director of Music
Email Christopher
Tel:  0116 261 5374Christopher 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.
Simon Headley
Simon Headley
Cathedral Organist and Assistant Director of Music
Email SimonSimon Headley is the Assistant Director of Music at Leicester Cathedral, a position that he has held since September 2005.  During this time he has twice been Acting Director of Music, holding overall responsibility for music at the Cathedral including the training and directing of the Cathedral Choir for the (almost) daily sung services as well as for various special services. As Assistant Director of Music his primary role is as organist for the statutory services of the Cathedral.  From September 2013 year that contribution has been recognised with his appointment as Cathedral Organist and Assistant Director of Music.

He enjoys the opportunity to conduct the various choirs of the Cathedral from time to time and assist in their training.  Recently, it was particularly good to direct the Cathedral Chamber Choir in a performance of Benjamin Britten’s Flower Songs in an evening of music and poetry as part of the Cathedral Flower Festival.  Simon is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists.

David Cowen
David Cowen
Associate OrganistDavid Cowen is both Organist and Director of Music at Leicester’s Dominican Priory and Associate Organist at Leicester Cathedral.  He is also an Individual Music Teacher at Loughborough Endowed Schools Music School and works regularly with Leicestershire Chorale.David was an organ scholar at the University of Oxford and studied privately in Paris with Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin, specialising in improvisation.  He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and holds the Certificat d’aptitude d’Artiste Musicien of the Diocese of Paris.
Emma Trounson
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.

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

Katy Dent


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.