Tom Little – Director of Music

Tom began his early musical education as a chorister at York Minster and a music scholar at Ampleforth College. Not knowing whether to pursue a career as an organist or singer, he decided to do both. After a year studying at the regional conservatoire in Angers, Tom moved to Truro Cathedral, first as a choral scholar and then as Organ Scholar.

In 2006, Tom won a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music, London. He received tuition from some of the finest organists including Margaret Philips, Dame Gillian Weir and Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin (St Sulpice, Paris). Alongside his studies, he held positions at several London churches including Kings College London and Southwark Cathedral.

For the last 9 years, Tom enjoyed a busy freelance career in London whilst holding the positions of Assistant Director of Music at CroydonMinster, Organ tutor at The London Oratory School and Visiting specialist to Whitgift School.

Jack Oades – Organist and Assistant Director of Music

Before moving to Christ Church in September 2018, Jack held positions in St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, St German’s Cathedral, Isle of Man, Croydon Minster, and St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.

Jack graduated from Pembroke College, Cambridge in 2015 and completed his MPhil in Composition at Trinity College, Dublin, in 2018. A prize-winning composer, he has written many works for orchestra, choir, organ, piano, synthesizer and various other chamber ensembles. His music has been performed in many venues across the British Isles, France and the USA, including Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, and King’s College, Cambridge, and his choral setting of O Most Merciful was broadcast on BBC Radio 3. He was the winner of two composition competitions (The Charles Wood 150th Anniversary Competition 2016, and the Buckfast Abbey Millennium Composition Competition 2018) and his setting of Blessed is the Lord, a piece for Community Choir, has been published by the Chichester Music Press.