Vice-President – Dr Alan Thurlow


Dr Alan Thurlow was born in Essex in 1947 and gained his love of church music from his early days as a choirboy at his parish church in Woodford Green. He read music at Sheffield University before going to Emmanuel College, Cambridge for a period of research into pre-reformation English Church music. In 1973 he was appointed Sub-Organist at Durham Cathedral. In 1980 he was appointed Organist and Master of the Choristers at Chichester Cathedral from which he retired in 2008. He is an Organ Adviser for the Diocese of Chichester and an area representative for the Royal School of Church Music.

He has travelled abroad widely with the Cathedral Choir and the RSCM and has served as Chairman of the Organs Advisory Committee of the Council for the Care of Churches. In 1995/6 he served as the President of the Cathedral Organists’ Association. In 2005, the Archbishop of Canterbury conferred a Lambeth Doctorate on Alan in recognition of his service to the world of church music, especially in Chichester Cathedral.

He was Chairman of the Friends of Cathedral Music from 1990 to 2002 and appointed a Vice-Chairman on his retirement as Chairman.

His hobbies are walking, cycling and real ale.