Broughton Choir St John Baptist Parish Church

John Catterall Choirmaster

David Scott-Thomas
Assistant Organist

 

 

 

Music Staff

John Catterall (MBE)
John, born in Blackburn, was educated at St Silas’ School Blackburn, Lea County Primary School Preston and Kirkham Grammar School. He completed a Teacher Training Course at Chester and received organ lessons at the Cathedral from Mr Harold Hullah, subsequently gaining an LRAM Organ Teacher’s Diploma.
John’s first appointment was that of teacher of English and Music at William Temple School Preston. After two years at the School he became Head of the Music Department. At about the same time he moved from his first Church post at St Christopher’s Lea, to become Choirmaster at Broughton.
Following seven years teaching in Preston, John was appointed Director of Music at Kirkham Grammar School. He was awarded the MBE in 2002 for Services to Music in Lancashire.
Now retired from classroom teaching, John, currently the Chairman of the Lancashire Area of the Royal School of Church Music, is delighted to be able to devote much more of his time to his work as Choirmaster in such a thriving Parish.

David Scott-Thomas
Commencing organ lessons at the relatively late age of sixteen, David in no time became Organ Scholar at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral learning the ropes for what has become a lifelong association with church and cathedral life.
Studies at Trinity College of Music, London with international concert organist Jane Parker-Smith helped secure David’s technical and musical prowess and as a recitalist he has played in churches, cathedrals and concert halls in the UK, Australia, Europe and the USA. As both organist and pianist David has featured on ITV 1, BBC1 and has broadcast on Radio 3 and ABC Classic FM in Sydney, Australia.
After living and working in both America and Australia, David returned to the UK and set-up a permanent residence in the North of England, from where he originated. He has forged a remarkable career as an organist, conductor and musical director. For three years from 2006 to 2009, David was Assistant Organist at Blackburn Cathedral where he was privileged to play, what he regards as one of the finest organs in the country, and second only to Westminster Cathedral. In addition to Blackburn Cathedral, David has previously been Director of Music at St. Georges, Stockport and Bury Parish Church.
As a soloist David has worked with many notable conductors and orchestras. His specialism in 19th and 20th century organ music has earned him many favourable reviews. He made his London debut at The Royal Festival Hall with the Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra whilst still a teenager performing a wide range of orchestral works as both organist and harpsichordist.
Away from the world of classical music David’s other keen interest is musical theatre, which has resulted in many requests for his services as musical director. He has directed many productions including Cabaret, Bad Girls, Lucky Stiff, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Bugsy Malone, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Last 5 Years, The Threepenny Opera, Our House, Little Women, Bat Boy, Company, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and Side by Side by Sondheim. Forthcoming musicals include A Little Night Music and City of Angels.
In 2006 David was appointed Musical Director to The School of Art, Media & Performance at Blackpool and The Fylde College during which time he has established a very fine and highly regarded choir and has co-written a BA Honours Degree in musical theatre on which he now lectures. He is happy that this genre has become such an important part of his career and relishes all the new and varied challenges it brings.
In 2010 David was appointed Assistant Organist to St. John’s Parish Church, Broughton andis looking forward to the many challenges that this will bring.
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