George Castle, Assistant Director of Music

George has been Assistant Director of Music at Winchester Cathedral since September 2012. He directs Cathedral’s Chamber Choir and Nave Choir and is rehearsal pianist for the Waynflete Singers. He was a chorister at Durham Cathedral and subsequently a pupil at Bedford School. After a year as Organ Scholar at Worcester Cathedral, he read for a degree in Music at Trinity College, Oxford, holding the organ scholarships at both Trinity and Worcester colleges. On completing his university studies in 2008 he returned to Worcester Cathedral as Sub-Assistant Organist where he remained until taking up his current post.

As Organ Scholar at Worcester College, he directed the chapel choirs for a recording of contemporary British choral music and performed with the choir at a number of prestigious venues around the United Kingdom. Worcester College is the only college in Oxford to maintain both a boys’ choir, with trebles drawn from the local area, and a mixed, student-based choir.

In his most recent incarnation at Worcester Cathedral he features as organist on a number of CDs with both the Cathedral Choir and the Cathedral Chamber Choir; he has played for radio broadcasts with the Cathedral Choir and as part of the Three Choirs Festival. From 2011 he took over as Choirmaster of the Cathedral’s Voluntary Choir which is both the oldest cathedral voluntary choir in the country and the last one to use only boy trebles.

As is traditional, George has two cats and enjoys a wide range of notably unchallenging pastimes when not at work.