The Assistant Directors of the Festival aid the Artistic Director by researching and developing projects, directing concerts, and acting as liasons between the Artistic Director and the Festival administration team. Together with the Artistic Director they serve as directors of The LFCCM Festival Singers, the Festival’s own professional vocal ensemble.
Geoffrey Webber was appointed Organist at Hampstead Parish Church in 2019 before becoming Director of Music in 2022. He is General Editor of the Church Music Society and Associate Artistic Director of Armonico Consort. His musical education began as a chorister at Salisbury Cathedral and he read music at Oxford University, initially serving as Organ Scholar at New College under Edward Higginbottom. He later became Assisting Organist at Magdalen College as well as University Organist; he also served as Acting Organist for spells at both New College and Magdalen. From 1989 to 2019 he was Precentor and Director of Studies in Music at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, releasing many recordings with the college choir of varied repertoire from ranging from chant from the first millennium to music by contemporary composers such as Judith Weir and Julian Anderson. During this time he also taught extensively for the Faculty of Music, and from 2011 to 2019 he served as Course Principal and Director of the MMus degree in Choral Studies. Geoffrey’s publications include North German Church Music in the Age of Buxtehude (OUP 1996) and, as co-editor, The Cambridge Companion to the Organ (CUP 1998).
Alastair Carey has been involved in choral performance since the age of six. He has performed, recorded and broadcast throughout the United Kingdom and Europe, appearing as a vocal performer with ensembles including The Gabrieli Consort, The Oxford Camerata, The Brabant Ensemble, and The Nederlandse Bachvereniging in performances ranging from the BBC Proms to the Leipzig Bach Festival. As a conductor, Alastair has directed concerts in Asia, Australasia, Europe, and throughout the United Kingdom, including award-winning performances at competitions in the European Grand Prix in Spain and the World Choir Games in South Korea.