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Music Staff

Introducing our music department.

The cathedral music department, led by the Organist and Master of the Choristers, includes the Assistant Organist and Director of the Girls' Choir, Organ Scholar, Music and Liturgy Assistant and Choir Matron.

Programmes at Chelmsford Cathedral are busy and varied, encompassing choral services and concerts in the cathedral and across the diocese, with frequent visits to venues around the region and abroad.

Mr James Davy

Mr James Davy

Organist and Master of the Choristers

James Davy has led the music department at Chelmsford Cathedral since 2012 and is responsible for overseeing a varied and engaging musical programme involving boy and girl choristers, school-age and adult singers, who sing the Opus Dei on most days of the week. 

Aside from Cathedral and diocesan services, the choirs take part in an annual concert programme in the Cathedral, as well as making visits around the diocese from time to time.

James is also involved with school visits and other visiting groups, making the Cathedral organs accessible to people often for the first time. As Cathedral Organist, James is also musical director of the Chelmsford Singers, a mixed-voice choir that performs frequently in the Cathedral, often in collaboration with the Cathedral choirs. 

Ms Hilary Punnett

Assistant Organist and Director of the Girls’ Choir

Hilary is Assistant Organist and Director of the Girls’ Choir, and her role includes playing the organ for cathedral services as well as training and directing the girl choristers. 

Hilary holds a Masters degree in Music from McGill University, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. Outside her work at Chelmsford Cathedral, Hilary is an accompanist, singer, teacher, and recitalist.

Ms Hilary Punnett
Mrs Stephanie Devonish

Mrs Stephanie Devonish

Choir Matron

Mrs Devonish is present at all rehearsals and services that the Choristers attend; she has particular responsibilities for safeguarding, wellbeing, attendance, and provides an initial point of contact for Choir parents.

Her background is working with young people in an educational setting and she has first-hand experience of balancing a Choristers’ timetable with school and associated commitments.