Our Music Director

Our Music Director, Clifford Lister,  began his musical education as a chorister at Winchester Cathedral, later winning a Choral Scholarship to The King’s School, Canterbury, and subsequently studying singing with Kenneth Bowen and the late Clara Taylor at The Royal Academy of Music. Whilst at the Academy, he moved from the post of Lay-clerk at Canterbury Cathedral, to a similar   post in  Westminster Cathedral, where he remained for the next twenty years. Since November 2007, he has been pursuing a freelance career, concentrating on teaching (Christchurch University and Kent College, Canterbury, and of course privately), and concert  work,  as well as continuing to sing in, record with, and tour with the Cathedrals of Rochester, Canterbury and Westminster on a  part-time basis.

On the concert platform Clifford is no stranger to many Choral Societies in the South and South East, although he has sung as far afield as Bahrain and Oman! Future engagements include Chilcott’s St John Passion and C.P.E. Bach’s Magnificat in Rochester, the role of the ‘Evangelist’ in Bach’s St John Passion at St Sebastian in W├╝rselen  in Germany, and ‘Obadian’ in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Sutton Valence.

Clifford has been our Music Director since 2001, and under his guidance both the Seventy Chamber Choir and Thanet Festival Choir (of which he is also Music Director) continue to flourish, bringing music of many genres and styles to this corner of Kent. Occasionally the two choirs join together to fulfil a particularly exciting project; one such is Handel’s Israel In Egypt which will be presented in November.