about us

the choir

Mosaic brings together a group of singers, based in and around St Albans, each with a wealth of experience in a wide range of choirs in the UK and abroad.

Mosaic have built a repertoire that covers pretty much everything from renaissance polyphony to contemporary classics: Byrd and Berlin, Victoria and Vaughan Williams, Gesualdo and Gershwin and many, many more. And they have pieced this all together to produce performances to the highest professional standards. So it’s not surprising that Mosaic are already much in demand for concerts, cathedral services, corporate events … anywhere, where good music, well-sung is appreciated and enjoyed.

Mosaic is greatly honoured to have as its Patrons the distinguished and internationally renowned musicians Dr Peter Hurford, Andrew Lucas and Dr Christopher Robinson and especially delighted that Julian Lloyd Webber has recently become the choir’s President.

The choir has up to 30 singers (approximately) composed of: 8 to 10 sopranos, 6 altos (incl 3 counter tenors), 6 tenors and 6 to 8 basses and baritones.

If you are planning an event and would like to add impact and distinction with live music? Mosaic is available for hire for:

  • weddings
  • parties
  • anniversary celebrations
  • naming ceremonies
  • charity fund-raising events
  • awards ceremonies
  • corporate functions
  • publicity displays

Our repertoire is wide-ranging, so we can tailor the music to your event. For more details please get in contact by completing our contact form. Please include relevant details of the event – date, venue etc.

the director – Nicholas Robinson

Nick Robinson began his musical education as a chorister at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle and then as a pupil at Harrow School. At Harrow, he was a top Music Scholar, playing the organ, piano and cello as well as singing bass in the various choirs. After leaving school, he won a scholarship to study the organ at The Royal Academy of Music under John Scott and David Titterington. During his first year at the Academy, he was Organ Scholar at St Albans Cathedral and a year later, in 1989, was appointed Assistant Director of Music at nearby St Peter’s Church, St Albans. In 2000 he took over the role as Director of Music at St Peter’s, where he is responsible for the provision of all the music at the church, including two choirs. He currently combines this post with a career as a choral conductor, an accompanist and as a Music Master at Wycombe Abbey School in Buckinghamshire.

Nick has appeared regularly over recent years on the music scene in Hertfordshire, both as a conductor and accompanist. He has accompanied most of the local choirs including the Brocket Consort, whom he has also directed, and he has worked regularly as Guest Conductor for the chamber choir Carillon since 1998. He took on the role of directing Mosaic at their formation in 2006.

the organist – Tom Winpenny

Tom Winpenny took up the post of Assistant Master of the Music at St Albans Cathedral in September 2008, where his duties include accompanying the daily choral services and assisting in the training of the Cathedral choristers. He also directs the Abbey Girls Choir and the Abbey Singers. Previously, he was Sub-Organist at St Paul’s Cathedral, and during this time he performed with the Cathedral Choir at the American Guild of Organists National Convention, performed in Mahler’s Symphony no. 8 with Valery Gergiev and the LSO, and played for many great state occasions. He has also broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4.

He began organ lessons under John Scott Whiteley while a chorister at York Minster, and continued as a Music Scholar at Eton College under Alastair Sampson. After holding the post of Organ Scholar at Worcester Cathedral and then St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, he was for three years Organ Scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a degree in music. With the Choir of King’s College, he gave concerts in the USA, Hong Kong and throughout Europe, in addition to appearing as their accompanist on CD releases on EMI Classics, including music by Purcell and Rutter and discs of contemporary Christmas carols and music for boys’ voices. He has also taken part in the first performance of works by Sir John Tavener, Judith Bingham, Jonathan Dove, David Bednall and Sir David Willcocks, and commissioned an organ work from Francis Pott to conclude the 2005 Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King’s. He has studied with Thomas Trotter and Johannes Geffert, and won First Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2008 Miami International Organ Competition.