Joining the dots – composers in conversation

This session will be livestreamed.

Philip Moore and Roxanna Panufnik are distinguished and respected composers of church music. In a discussion chaired by Peter Asprey (Director of Music at Holy Sepulchre London) 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.

Peter Asprey

Peter Asprey is in demand both as a conductor, chorus master, singer, workshop leader and singing teacher. He is the Director of Music at Holy Sepulchre London, the National Musicians’ Church in the heart of the City of London and the Musical Director of Ealing Choral Society. He has been a guest Chorus Master for the London Symphony Chorus, London Philharmonic Choir, Brighton Festival Chorus, The Whitehall Choir and the St Endellion Festival Chorus, working alongside conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Andrew Davis and Edward Gardner. Former posts include Musical Director of the Berkshire Youth Choir and Henley Choral Society. Recent performances include Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s C Minor Mass at Cadogan Hall with the English Chamber Orchestra and Handel’s Messiah at Reading Town Hall. He has performed premiers on BBC Radio 3 with the Berkshire Youth Choir and initiated educational events for the students with the BBC Singers. He has conducted at places such as Wigmore Hall, The Sheldonian Theatre and Cadogan Hall and taken choirs on tour to France Germany, Italy, Belgium and Spain. He has extensive experience of the City, having conducted the choir and taught singing at UBS for many years. 


Hannah Davey
Alexander L’Estrange
Joanna Forbes L'Estrange
Roxanna Panufnik
Robert Sharpe
Ebor Singers
William McVicker
Archbishop Stephen Cottrell
Victoria Johnson
Adrian Bawtree
Peter Aiers
Mark Keith
Alison Barrington
Peter Asprey
Tom Daggett
Philip Moore
James Gilchrist
Pete Gunstone
Tansy Castledine
Carl Jackson
Andy Thomas