Marcus Wibberley is Director of Music & Organist of Hexham Abbey and Festival Director of the annual Hexham Abbey Festival of Music and Arts. His responsibilities include directing the Abbey’s choirs, overseeing the programme of concerts and recitals on the Abbey’s world-famous Phelps organ, and working with the Friends of Hexham Abbey Music (who provide funding for the Abbey’s Choral and Organ Scholarships). For the Festival, he is responsible for devising the programme of artistic events and has successfully gained sizeable grants from the Arts Council of England.
Marcus was trained as a Chorister of Westminster Abbey under Martin Neary, and studied the organ with Martin Baker and John Scott Whiteley. He holds a First Class honours degree in Music from The University of Hull, and was awarded the Gerald Knight prize for the highest marks in the Choral Directing diploma of the Royal College of Organists. He held organ scholarships at Chichester Cathedral, Beverley Minster and latterly York Minster before becoming Sub-Organist of Portsmouth Cathedral and the Music Adviser to The Diocese of Portsmouth. During his six years at Portsmouth, he accompanied the Cathedral Choir on five highly-acclaimed BBC live broadcasts, four CD recordings and six foreign tours. For the diocese, he ran pioneering schemes to provide organ tuition to teenagers and to introduce singing to schoolchildren and their teachers.
As a recitalist, Marcus has travelled extensively. Recent recitals have been given in Japan (where he undertook a solo tour in October 2012), France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Estonia, as well as most of the major cathedrals and abbeys in this country.
In August 2017, Marcus is leaving Hexham and moving to London to take up the post of Organist & Director of Music at St George’s, Beckenham.
The Assistant Organist is Michael Haynes, who took up post in September 2015. He replaced Andrew Wyatt, who took up a post at Chester Cathedral. [Photo and biography are pending.]