COVID-19 update: The cathedral is not currently open for general visits or tours but remains open for private prayer and reflection 11-3pm. All services are now online only and everyone is welcome to join.
George Castle, Assistant Director of Music
George has been Assistant Director of Music at Winchester Cathedral since September 2012. Alongside playing the organ for services and assisting in the direction of the Cathedral Choir, he directs the Cathedral’s Chamber Choir and is rehearsal pianist for the Waynflete Singers, also playing the organ in many of their concerts and on their recent tour to Florence. George was a chorister at Durham Cathedral, where he started learning the organ at the age of 11, 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. At Worcester, George recorded a number of CDs as an organist with the various choirs based at the cathedral and, in 2011/12 was the choirmaster of the Voluntary Choir.
Since moving to Winchester, George has been involved in a number of recording projects and BBC radio broadcasts with the Cathedral Choir and was Acting Director of Music for 3 months in 2015. He also gives regular organ recitals around the country, teaches piano at King Edward VI School, Southampton and organ at Winchester College, and, since September 2017, he has been the Director of RSCM Voices West.