Thomas Allery is an organist, choral conductor and harpsichordist based in London and Oxford. He enjoys a varied career spanning work as an organist and choral director in church music, continuo playing, research and teaching.
Thomas is the Director of Chapel Music at Worcester College, Oxford, where he is responsible for the musical development of the Chapel choirs and organ scholars. He directs and trains the two Chapel choirs, of mixed and boys’ voices, for regular chapel services and for a busy schedule of concerts, tours and recordings. Worcester College is unique in Oxford in maintaining two student chapel choirs, each of which maintains a separate and flourishing schedule including regular commissions, trips, and performance with period instruments. In addition to his role at Worcester College, Thomas is Director of Music at St Mary-le-Bow Church, Cheapside, a historic Wren church in the heart of the City of London.
Following his undergraduate studies as an organ scholar at Oxford University, Thomas spent a year as the organ scholar of Canterbury Cathedral before pursuing study at the RCM, simultaneously holding the position of organ scholar at St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge. Thomas graduated with Distinction from the Masters programme at the Royal College of Music, London, in 2014, where he studied organ with Margaret Phillips and harpsichord with Terence Charlston. Before returning to Worcester College in Oxford, Thomas spent two years as the Assistant Organist and Tutor to the Choristers at Magdalen College, where he accompanied the Chapel choir and was responsible for teaching the choristers as part of their wider musical education at Magdalen College School. Here he developed a particular interest in the musical training of choristers, a unique educational opportunity for children. This has remained an interest of Thomas’ and he still enjoys a teaching music to the choristers at Worcester College and developing educational resources which link performance with musical theory, aural and encourage the development of a long term skill set. As part of his interest in musical education, Thomas is committed to bringing choral and organ music to new audiences, and has recently enjoyed co-ordinating musical education opportunities for local primary school children in Oxford, as part of the Magdalen College School Art’s Festival. He is a regular coach on Oxford and Cambridge Singing School courses throughout the UK and abroad.
Thomas has studied the organ with Stephen Farr and William Whitehead and regularly gives solo recitals in high-profile London venues, including St Paul’s Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral, and in the Grosvenor Chapel as part of the London Handel Festival. In 2016 he was supported by the Eric Thompson trust to study with Erwin Wiersinga at the Martinikirk in Groningen.
As an experienced harpsichordist and continuo player, Thomas has a particular interest in the instrumental music of the seventeenth century Stylus Phantasticus, and is currently undertaking research of historical continuo treatises from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and exploring how they can be used in keyboard education today. In 2014-15, Thomas was a Junior Fellows in Harpsichord/Continuo at the Royal College of Music, where he supported the work of the Historical Performance department, accompanying classes, recitals, and concerts. Thomas now enjoys performing regularly with his own period ensemble, Ensemble Hesperi, with whom he is undertaking research into late eighteenth Century Scottish Baroque Music. He is currently a scholar at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he is undertaking an Artist Diploma in Harpsichord.