About

Magdalene Shield

The Choir sings for the two Choral Evensongs each week on Thursdays and Sundays in Magdalene's candlelit mediaeval chapel. The Choir is conducted by the Precentor Mr Graham Walker, who is assisted by the Organ Scholars. Our broad repertoire includes many of the traditional favourites.

The Choir makes regular tours, regularly sings in UK cathedrals and has made recordings.

People

Graham Walker - Precentor

Graham Walker

The award-winning cellist and conductor Graham Walker was educated at St John’s College, Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music. As a cellist he has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in many of the world’s most prestigious halls. He is much in demand as a choral director, and, alongside his work at Magdalene, is Director of St John’s Voices at St John’s College, and Musical Director of two other choirs. As a result of his work with Classico Latino, the innovative Latin/Classical crossover ensemble, in 2011 he was awarded a plaque on Colombian national TV in recognition of his “outstanding contribution to Colombian Andean music”.


Jessica Lim - Assistant Organist

Jessica Lim

Jessica is the Assistant Organist at Magdalene College, and is currently completing her PhD in eighteenth-and nineteenth-century English print culture and children's literature. In 2015 she completed her M.Phil in Children's Literature with Distinction at Trinity College Dublin, and in 2014 she 1st Class Honours for her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Music at the University of Sydney. She holds her LMusA in pipe organ and AMusA in piano, and was the St James King Street organ scholar in Sydney, Australia, from 2011-2012. She has given pipe organ recitals at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney St Andrew's Cathedral, the Bowral Autumn Music Festival, and Canberra Wesley Uniting Church, and has featured in performances at the Sydney Town Hall. In her spare time she enjoys baking, battling logic puzzles, and arranging flowers.


Alex Coutts - Junior Organ Scholar

Alex Coutts

Alex was awarded the organ scholarship at Magdalene beginning in 2016 and he is reading MML. Alex studied the organ with Dr Julie Ainscough while at Hampton School, achieving Grade 8 distinction in the lower sixth. He was a category finalist in the BBC Choir of the Year competition with the school’s male voice choir, performing at the Royal Festival Hall. He was also the organ scholar at Esher Parish Church. Alex was judged the most promising young organist at the 2016 Godalming Festival and has performed recitals and accompanied services at Winchester Cathedral, Haddo House Chapel, Aberdeenshire and Wimborne Minster. In his spare time, Alex is a keen sportsman who enjoys playing cricket, football and cycling and enjoys reading, politics and debating – both in English and in French.