St Mary's Latin Mass Choir
Cadogan Street, Chelsea, London SW3

Director of Music


Jack Thompson is our Director of Music at St Mary's, combining this role with a full-time teaching post in the music department of Ardingly College and a busy freelance career as an organist, conductor and chamber musician.​

Jack completed a postgraduate degree in choral studies at the University of Cambridge in 2016. Here, he was Organ Scholar of Corpus Christi College and Organist for St John’s Voices, the mixed-voice choir of St John’s College. Jack studied choral conducting with Stephen LaytonGraham Ross and Mark Williams, and received tuition in organ performance from James Lancelot and Dame Gillian Weir.

Before arriving in Cambridge, Jack was educated as an organ scholar and vice-chancellor's scholar at Durham University. He was the recipient of the University's Graham and Joanna Barker Award, and graduated with a degree in music in June 2015. Jack played regularly for services and events in both the University and Cathedral, and undertook three annual tours to Paris, Prague and New York, USA. He also worked at The Chorister School, Durham Cathedral, and held further positions both as an editor and contributor for the University's newspaper and online magazine, and as a student ambassador at The Royal Opera House, London.

Jack began his musical training as a chorister and organ scholar of Leicester Cathedral. An accomplished cellist and clarinettist, he was also a member of the National Children’s and National Youth Chamber Orchestras for over seven years. Jack remains active as an instrumental player and chamber musician, and performed regularly as a member of University ensembles in both Durham and Cambridge. During his musical career Jack has performed in some of the nation’s finest cathedrals and concert venues, participating in numerous live broadcasts and recordings for national radio and television. He has played, most recently, at the cathedrals of Durham, Ely, Southwark and Dunblane, and has given further concerts in prestigious venues across Continental Europe, North America and the Far East. He is frequently in demand as an organist and continuo player, and appeared while at university with Cambridge Baroque CamerataCambridgeshire Choral Society and the New Cambridge Singers. Jack has twice performed as a soloist for HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, and has also played, again as a soloist, for HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.

Jack became Director of Music at St Mary's in September 2016

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Prior Directors of Music  

1989 - 2014
Malcolm Cottle Click for Malcolm's Bio
Various temporary  
Edward Symington  



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