Joining the dots – composers in conversation

Philip Moore and Roxanna Panufnik are distinguished and respected composers of church music. In a discussion chaired by Nicholas Riddle (former CEO of Edition Peters), they explore different approaches to composition and what inspires their musical writing. 



15:00-16:00 26 April 2024


Philip Moore

Philip Moore was a student at the Royal College of Music and has a Bachelor in Music degree from Durham University. 

He was Organist and Master of the Music at York Minster for twenty five years.  Before moving to York he held posts at Guildford Cathedral, Canterbury Cathedral and Eton College. He retired from the Minster in 2008 and was appointed an Organist Emeritus.   

He now enjoys life as an itinerant organist but spends much of his time composing.   As well as writing for choirs and organs, there is also some chamber music, as well as three cantatas, a requiem and a concerto for organ and orchestra.

Roxanna Panufnik

Roxanna Panufnik is one of the most versatile and beloved British composers working today. She studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music and since then has written works for opera, ballet, choirs, orchestras and chamber music as well as for film and television that are seen and heard around the world. Thanks to her hybrid heritage, she has a great love of music from a variety of cultures and different faiths. Her mission to build musical bridges between the three Abrahamic faiths has resulted in commissions from The World Orchestra for Peace in Jerusalem and the BBC for the 2018 Last Night of the Proms.

Nicholas Riddle

Nicholas Riddle was for many years CEO of the Edition Peters Music Publishing Group, founded in Leipzig in 1800.  He joined Peters in 1993 after twelve years in the computer industry.  He studied piano and organ from an early age, adding choral directing at university.  He held several church posts as Director of Music.  Since 1995, he has attended St Bartholomew the Great in London where he has helped with the music as a deputy conductor and organist when required.  He has been a Trustee of several musical charities, including the Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Scholarship Fund, of which he is the Chair.


Alison Barrington
Tansy Castledine
Alexander L’Estrange
Nicholas Riddle
Peter Asprey
Andrea Haines
Andy Thomas
Robert Sharpe
Philip Moore
William McVicker
Carl Jackson
Ebor Singers
Joanna Forbes L'Estrange
Pete Gunstone
James Gilchrist
Archbishop Stephen Cottrell
Victoria Johnson
Adrian Bawtree
Roxanna Panufnik