Introducing Philip Collin - Director of Music
I have been at St Peter's for about two months now so it seems quite strange introducing myself, especially after having met so many people already. I already feel very much at home here and that is mainly due to the warm and friendly welcome that I have received from everyone, for which I am extremely grateful.
I have just returned home to Nottingham after having spent four years in London; the first of those years was spent at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama (studying piano accompaniment) and the other three were spent as Head of Music at a preparatory school in Wandsworth. My experience as a full-time music teacher was a delightful and instructive one but I realised that it wasn't leaving me much time to do all the other things that I wanted to do. I therefore decided to try my luck as a freelance musician and felt that Nottingham would be the place to do it.
By an incredible stroke of luck, the Director of Music post at St Peter's was being advertised at just the right time for me and I was (and still am!) thrilled at the challenge of working in a big City Centre church with an excellent musical tradition. Church music is something that has always been an enormous passion of mine. I sang as a boy at Southwell Minster and took organ lessons with Paul Hale before going off to be Assistant Organist at All Hallows, Gedling; Organist at St Jude's, Mapperley; Organ Scholar at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and Director of Music at St. Leonard's, Wollaton.
I look forward to meeting everybody. My memory for names and faces is truly appalling. I have only just learnt all the choir's names and still get them wrong from time to time so please do not be offended if I call you by entirely the wrong name.