Max Barley

Director of Music

Max Barley was a chorister at King's College, Cambridge and Organ Scholar at St John's College, Oxford, where he read Modern Languages. He studied conducting in Munich, where he was a scholar at the Stiftung Maximilianeum. He now pursues a busy freelance career as choral conductor and accompanist. As well as being Director of Music at St Mary's, Wimbledon, he is Music Director of Eltham Choral Society, Wimbledon Youth Choir, which he founded in 2015, and Choir of the 21st Century, and Principal Conductor of Guildford Chamber Choir. Until 2016 he was Assistant Director of Old Royal Naval College Trinity Laban Chapel Choir and until 2015 Assistant Director of Tiffin Boys’ Choir. He is now pursuing postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music, studying Choral Conducting under Patrick Russill and Organ under David Titterington. He has worked on choral courses in the UK and China.

Colette Boushell

Assistant Director of Music

Colette Boushell was born in Dublin, and completed BMus and MMus degrees in Vocal Performance at the Conservatory of Music and Drama in Dublin. Colette is also a keen organist and achieved a DipABRSM in Organ Performance after her graduation. She moved to London in 2005 and pursued post graduate training at the Royal College of Music Opera School under Lillian Watson. Since graduating, Colette performs regularly with opera companies and choral societies in the UK and in Ireland, including Iford Arts, Glasthule Opera, Oper Classica and the RTE Concert Orchestra. Her performing career has also taken her to Germany and Japan.

Colette has taught piano and singing since 2001 and was Assistant Organist and Director of Music at St. Michael's Church, Dun Laoghaire from 1998 to 2005 where she conducted the children's choir. Since her move to London, she has taught at Rosebery School for Girls and currently works as a piano and singing teacher at at Emanuel School in Battersea and at King's School Canterbury.

Martin Neary

Honorary Musician in Residence

Martin Neary was a prize-winner at the first St Albans International Organ Festival, and later became Organist and Master of the Choristers at Winchester Cathedral and at Westminster Abbey. Throughout his career as both organist and conductor he has championed the music of contemporary composers such as the late Sir John Tavener and Jonathan Harvey, with many new commissions and first performances. He has also been influential in the early music movement, conducting the first complete UK Bach St Matthew Passion on period instruments in 1978.

His numerous recordings include a Sony Classical CD of Purcell's Music for Queen Mary, with Westminster Abbey Choir and the New London Consort, which was nominated for a Grammy. He has toured extensively as both recitalist and conductor in Europe, North America and Australia and continues to pursue his career as organist, conductor, composer, speaker and writer. He has twice served as President of the Royal College of Organists, and among his awards are LVO, for his services at the funeral of Princess Diana, and a Lambeth Doctorate for services to Church Music.

Martin and his wife, Penny, moved to Wimbledon in 2013, and are delighted to be associated with St Mary's, where their daughter and three granddaughters sing in the choir. He shares with the Director of Music a life-long passion for cricket, and recently made his début as umpire!

Andrew Lenon

Assistant Organist

Andrew was the Organ Scholar at Lincoln College, Oxford where he studied modern languages. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.