Officers

President - Elizabeth Stratford

Elizabeth Stratford was one of the first girl choristers in the country singing at St Anne's Cathedral, Leeds, under the direction of Joseph Cullen.

She went on to read Music at the University of Huddersfield and began learning the organ whilst acting Assistant Director of Music at Christ Church, New Mill, Huddersfield, singing in the university chamber choir and with St Peter's Singers in Leeds.

After graduating with honours she undertook a Master of Arts in Liturgy and Music at the University of Leeds, specializing in organ performance, choir training and composition. Her tutors included Dr Gordon Stewart, Dr Simon Lindley and Dr Philip Wilby. During this time she was awarded a number of scholarships including the Duchess of Leeds Assumption Fund Millennium Scholarship.

Elizabeth was appointed Organist and Director of Music at St Paul's Church, Shipley in February 2000 and held positions as singing tutor at a number of different centres of education whilst training at the Royal Northern 
College of Music with Henry Herford for a year following her MA studies.

At the age of 23, Elizabeth was appointed Organist and Master of the Choristers at Arundel Cathedral, West Sussex. As such she was the first woman to hold this level of position in the UK and was the youngest Cathedral organist in Britain appointed to date. In addition to creating places for and recruiting 20 choristers to the Cathedral choir, between 2004 and 2006 she oversaw the rebuilding of the Cathedral's historic Hill organ by David Wells Organ Builders. Since then the choir have undertaken tours, recordings and television work which recently notably included BBC One's live Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve in 2014 and a significant contribution to BBC Children in Need where she assembled and trained 100 children from the local area to sing live during the 7 hour broadcast. Elizabeth pursues a busy teaching and solo career alongside her Cathedral commitments.

She holds awards from the ABRSM and the Guild of Church Musicians (amongst others) and is currently studying for a PhD in liturgy and music.

Senior Executive Officer - Bill Thomas

Awaiting biography.

Bursar - Derek Matthews

Derek was senior administrator in university for 24 years before taking early severance in 2000 Since then has taken up organ tuning, renovation and playing.

Academic Registrar - Dr Kevin Morgan

After extensive study at Durham, London, Oxford and Cambridge, Kevin emerged with a prize-winning FRCO. Kevin broadcasts on BBC Radio 2 and is a popular recitalist throughout Europe.

General Secretary - Paul Melville

Paul has been a Member of the NMSM since it was formed, transferring his Fellowship of the LSM to a FNMSM. Since he retired he became Secretary to the Management Committee and also edits and produces the Annual Handbook and Summer Magazines.

Colin Porter - Chairman to the Management Committee

Colin is organist of Mossley Hill Parish Church Liverpool presiding at the 1874 Willis organ and Director of the Liverpool Festival Choir. He is a recitalist and plays for cathedral services around the country.

Archivist - Michael Pretty

Awaiting biography.

General Officer - Roger Watkinson

Roger, a retired schoolmaster, is organist at Lord Street West United Church, Southport, a post held for over 35 years. He joined the School's Management Committee in 2017.

Website and IT Officer - Stephen Thackeray

A Systems Administrator and Website Developer, Stephen has been Organist and Choirmaster of St Ambrose Church, Leyland, for more than 17 years and sings regularly in concerts and cathedrals in the UK

Legal Adviser - Christopher James Harding LL.B(Hons)(Lond), Barrister at Laws (London)

Awaiting biography.