Mr Matthew Haynes

Director of Music

Mr Matthew Haynes

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Matthew Haynes was appointed as Director of Music in September 2009.

He studied music at the University of Huddersfield where he was awarded a first class honours degree, amongst his other accomplishments. He has other part-time roles as a teacher, voice and instrumental coach and conductor.

Matthew was a former chorister here for six years, along with his brother, Simon, when their father, Richard, was the organist. Matthew knows and loves St James the Greater, and well understands the role of music here, both for the choirs and for the congregation.

In October 2014, Matthew was awarded a Master of Music (MMus) by the University of Cambridge.

Mr Michael Rule

Associate Director of Music

Mr Michael Rule

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Michael Rule is Associate Director of Music and Organist at St James the Greater and he also directs St James' Singers. His association with choral and organ music began at the church when he joined the choir and commenced organ lessons with Thomas Moore in 1999.

Whilst studying at Bath Spa University (Food Science and Music), he sang in the choir at Bath Abbey and was appointed Assistant Organist at Christ Church, Bath. During his university years he took time out to extend his early music and organ studies at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick where he also directed the college's Chamber Choir. He has had the pleasure of studying and working with prominent musicians including Nigel Perrin, Peter King and Roger Heaton and has been part of musical tours and television and radio broadcasts in Britain and Europe.

Alongside his appointment as Associate Director of Music (August 2010), Mike is a Director of Achievement and Year Head at a Leicester secondary school.

Miss Bethanne Raja

Organ Scholar

Miss Bethanne Raja


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