Who's Who

Chaplain: The Reverend Canon Roger Hall MBE

The Chapel vicarAfter growing up in Shropshire, the Reverend Canon Roger Hall attended school in Liverpool, after which he took up training for the Priesthood in Lincoln. Having spent his curacy back in Shropshire, Canon Hall joined the British Army as a chaplain in 1987. For the first twelve years of his army career, Canon Hall spent most of the time as an operational chaplain, serving in places such as Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo and East Timor.
For two years, Canon Hall was chaplain to the Household Division and the Guards Chapel, which he describes as both 'an interesting and demanding time'. After this posting, he returned to Germany as Senior Chaplain before being appointed Assistant Chaplain General, which led to four years in Edinburgh.

In 2007, having resigned his Commission, Canon Hall became a chaplain to the Queen and Chaplain to
HM Tower of London. As well as his role at HM Tower of London, he is also Chaplain to Bacon's
College (a city Academy), five livery companies and the East India Club. Canon Hall is also a Trustee of
Chapter 1 - a housing trust based in the City of London.

Married to Barbara with three grown up children and four granddaughters, Canon Hall supports
Liverpool Football Club, skis and loves good food, wine, books and music. Travelling and interesting
conversation also come high on his list of priorities.

 

Assistant to the Chaplain: The Reverend Cortland Fransella

The Reverend Cortland Fransella grew up and went to school in Croydon before going up to Cambridge University to read Modern and Mediaeval Languages, after which he served in HM Diplomatic service for 40 years. In 1998, towards the end of his diplomatic career, he was ordained, spending the next 14 years in parish ministry in North London before moving to the Tower in 2012. Since 1998 he has also acquired an MA in Philosophy and Religion from the University of London and a BSc and MSc in Psychology from the Open University.
He and his wife Laura live in North London and spend a lot of time going to the theatre and to classical concerts. Their family live nearby and they enjoy looking after their two grandsons. They also both volunteer for an educational charity called IntoUniversity which aims to level the playing field for children from disadvantaged backgrounds who aspire to go to university. Both he and Laura, who used to work for the Open University, are passionate advocates of life-long learning.

 

Master of Music: Colm Carey

Colm Carey is one of a handful of distinctive concert organists who have set out to promote the instrument in a fresh way, widening its appeal through imaginative programming and stimulating outreach work.  That he has emerged as a respected and acclaimed performer is testimony to his dedicated mission not only to champion the instrument's remarkable breadth of repertoire but also to devise projects involving exciting performing and recording collaborations with other musicians.

Born in Dublin, Colm studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève. Winning top performing awards with distinction at both institutions, his numerous appearances, both live and recorded, in the UK and Ireland formed strong foundations for his subsequent solo performances in Europe, Australia, Canada and the USA. 

As a recording artist, Colm has produced a number of solo and chamber CDs, and he was the featured organist on Paul McCartney’s classical album, Ecce Cor Meum, which premièred at the Albert Hall in London (available on DVD) and the Carnegie Hall in New York.  His interpretation of Bach’s The Art of Fugue has been admired for its originality and scholarship.

Since 2003 Colm has been Belfast City Organist. As well as giving recitals on the Mulholland Grand Organ in the Ulster Hall, he has performed many concerti – including Poulenc, Parker, Handel, Haydn, Rheinberger, Jongen, Leighton and Guilmant - with the Ulster Orchestra. In 2005 he presented four programmes on the history of the organ for BBC radio. Under his stewardship the Ulster Hall runs an outreach programme to introduce the organ to new audiences and through further collaboration the international PIPEWORKS Festival held the final of its competition in the Ulster Hall in June 2014.

In addition to his role as Belfast City Organist and his freelance work, Colm is Master of Music of the Chapels Royal, HM Tower of London. Under his direction the choir provides music for the weekly services in the Chapels as well as for special events – including the recent visit of the Queen – in the two historic Chapels Royal.  He has toured with the choir to South Africa, Italy and Ireland, and as well as releasing a CD of music inspired by the Psalms of David the choir has broadcast on several occasions, most notably to the all the countries in the Commonwealth on Christmas Day 2011.

 

Assistant Master of Music: Christian Wilson

Christian Wilson’s virtuoso performances mark him as one of the most unusual and exciting organists of his generation. He has performed as a soloist throughout Europe, the USA and Australia and appears regularly on BBC radio and other European stations.

Recent and future engagements include the Presteigne Festival, Spitalfields Festival, Tarasp Castle Switzerland, Ulster Hall, Caird Hall, Königsberg Cathedral, Oxford May Music Festival, Westminster Cathedral, tours to Norway, South Africa and the USA, performances and a recording of his own transcriptions of Shostakovich, and recordings of works by Duruflé, Hans Gàl, Oskar Lindberg and Olivier Messiaen.

Christian’s musical career began at Westminster Abbey, where he was head chorister. He spent a year as Sub-Organist at Perth Cathedral (Western Australia) before taking up the Organ Scholarship at Christ Church, Oxford. Following undergraduate studies, he took a combined performance and research degree investigating the pre-Reformation English organ and winning various prizes.

In 2006 Christian was awarded the Nicholas Danby Scholarship and a Wingate Scholarship for study abroad and completed the two-year solo postgraduate course at the Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart in 2008 where he studied with Jon Laukvik and Ludger Lohmann gaining the highest results.

Christian is Organist of the Chapels Royal, HM Tower of London. In 2012, he became the eighth person in the world to perform Francis Pott’s epic Organ Symphony ‘Christus’ (widely considered the “Everest” of the organ repertory) with performances in Germany and the UK. His numerous and well-received transcriptions range from works by Mendelssohn to the 24 Preludes and Fugues by Shostakovich, and most recently a number of tangos by Piazzolla. Christian’s performance interests include the harpsichord and piano, and he recently accompanied a well-received recording of English works for viola and piano with Sarah-Jane Bradley. You can read more on his website here.

 

Chapel Administrator: Toby Wheeler

Toby grew up and went to school in Eltham, South-East London, before attending Royal Holloway, University of London to study for a BA in History and then an MA in Mediaeval Studies.

After leaving university, Toby spent a year doing research volunteering in the Library at Westminster Abbey, the Collections Department at St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Museum of London.

 In 2012, Toby joined the Civil Service Graduate Talent Scheme, spending 9 months working in the Cabinet Office before moving on to work in both the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and then finally the Department for Energy and Climate Change. In early 2016, Toby left the Civil Service, taking up a temporary six month role as the Acting Special Projects and Correspondence Manager to The Lord Mayor of London before joining the team here at the Tower of London in October 2016.

Toby’s main interests are (in no particular order) mediaeval, early modern and church history, theatre, musicals and craft ale. He is also a keen amateur poet and is often seen doing poetry gigs around London.

 

Chapel Clerk: Yeoman Warder Moira Cameron

Moira Cameron grew up in Furnace, Argyll on the West coast of Scotland, and joined the Women's Royal Army Corps (WRAC) in June 1985 at the age of 20. She was trained as a Data Telegraphist with the Royal Corps of Signals before transferring to the Royal Army Pay Corps (RAPC) in 1988 to train as a Military Accountant, and in 2000 she was awarded her Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. In 1992 the WRAC and RAPC were replaced by the Adjutant General's Corps, and she worked her way through the ranks in its Staff and Personnel Support Branch, completing 22 years’ service in the Army in June 2007.

Having seen service in England, Wales,  Northern Ireland, Norway, Germany and Cyprus, Moira ended her Army career at the rank of Warrant Officer Class 2, holding the post of Superintendent Clerk in the 145 (Home Counties) Brigade in Aldershot.

Moira was made a patron of The Kit Wilson Trust for Animal Welfare, an animal welfare charity based in East Sussex.

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