So who are the Committee?
Here are the Committee members who make the Society work. You can see that we are quite a varied bunch. Would you like to join the Committee or help in anyway to make the Society better? Just contact Andrew Chadney, ourHon Secretary, on the Contact us page and let him know.
Harry Bramma, President
We are proud to have Harry as our President. Harry has been one of the very influential figures in English church music over several decades. His career includes being Organist and Director of Music at Southwark Cathedral and Director of the Royal Schools of Church Music. He is also a composer of church music.
John Webber, Chair
I was appointed organist of St. Swithun’s, Hither Green at the age of 15, got my ARCO at 18, the FRCO two years later and subsequently a BMus at Durham and the ADCM. I have since held Director of Music posts at St. George’s, Beckenham, Chelsea Old Church, Bickley and (currently) St. John’s, East Dulwich. I teach the piano and organ and direct the Elm Singers (23 adults), Beckenham Junior Choir (aged 6-11) and Beckenham Youth Voices (ages 11-18). I have been involved with Society many years having chaired it twice and been the original initiator of the Society’s website
Peter Smith, Vice-Chair
While at school, Peter Smith was a Junior Exhibitioner at Trinity College of Music. His education continued at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where he read Modern Languages and Music; his music teachers included David Willcocks, Richard Marlow, Philip Radcliffe, and Peter Tranchell. He spent most of his adult life working as an accountant but retired in 2016.In 1976, he founded what is now Wimbledon Chamber Choir, of which he is still the conductor. He is organist of Christ Church, Clapham, where he enjoys playing the fine T. C. Lewis organ.
Andrew Chadney, Hon Sec
I have been organist at St Stephen’s Church, Norbury and Thornton Heath since 1993. I retired from the London Fire Brigade in 2013 having completed just over 30 years’ service and am now a freelance organist and piano accompanist, mainly as an RAD-approved ballet pianist playing regularly for several local schools. I am a long-standing member of the South London Theatre and have played for many shows. In my spare time, I am a Kennel Support Volunteer at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home which I finds very fulfilling.
Peter Ramell, Hon Treasurer and Membership Sec
I am the Treasurer and Membership Secretary for the Society. I play the piano and organ at a couple of churches in Furzedown, South West London.
Norman Harper, Committee Member
Norman won an organ scholarship to Gonville & Caius College Cambridge and prior to starting took the FRCO diploma, winning the Turpin Prize. At Cambridge he studied organ with Peter Le Huray and Gillian Weir, and composition with Peter Tranchell. His career has encompassed school director of music posts, organ soloist and accompanist in the UK and abroad, church appointments and examining for the ABRSM. He has broadcast solo recitals on BBC Radio 3 and recorded CDs of organ music by J.S.Bach, Bruhns, Brahms, Peeters, D’Agincour, Raison, Nivers and contemporary British composers. Most recently Norman was organist and director of music at St George’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Southwark. Under his direction St George’s choirs have broadcast services live on BBC radio and television, and made two CDs. Norman has enjoyed improvising ever since his teenage years, and has put it to good use in both Anglican and Roman Catholic liturgies.
Charlie Warren (BA, MA, FRCO) is a conductor, organist and music bookseller. He holds the post of director of music and organist at St George’s Church, Beckenham, and is the musical director of Hesperos, a young chamber choir based in London. Alongside his performing work he is manager of Travis & Emery, Cecil Court, a bookshop selling antiquarian, out of print and second hand sheet music and books about music.
I am the organist at St Paul’s Church, Furzedown (in Tooting). This church works together with two other Anglican churches and a Baptist church. The worship style varies quite a lot across the churches and St Paul’s has the standard sung Anglican service. At Easter the church provides a choral work on the Wednesday before Easter and seems to be settling in on Stainer’s Crucifixion.
Alan Langridge read music at the University of Leeds where he studied organ and harpsichord with Peter Seymour and performance studies with Graham Barber. Further organ studies have been undertaken with Anne Marsden Thomas and Marilyn Harper. He obtained his first Organist and Director of Music post at St Luke Woodside South Norwood at the age of 16 and returned there later for a second stint. During his time in Leeds he was Organist and Director of Music at St Augustine Wrangthorn, St Mark Woodhouse and All Hallows Hyde Park. After a period of postgraduate music studies and church pastoral work, he moved back to London to study for a public sector accountancy qualification, eventually becoming Assistant Director of Finance for a large local authority. He recently took early retirement and is now a freelance organist working across South London. He gained his ARCO diploma in 2021.
Sam Gover, Web Editor
I took over looking after the soclety’s website from Martin Callingham in 2020. I am an amateur organist only in my spare time, although I used to play regularly in my youth at St Mary’s, Woolhampton, the parish church adjoined to Douai Abbey in Berkshire. After a long break I came back to the organ a few years ago, and with the help of Marilyn Harper am working my way through the RCO’s Certificates of Accredited Membership.