Installation of the new Director of Music

Join us on Sunday 8 September

Ian Keatley’s first day in his new post as Director of Music. Ian has come from Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, where he has been the Organist and Director of Music. We are delighted that he has moved to be with us in Southwark, and extend to him a very warm welcome. Ian’s installation will take place Sunday on Sunday 8 September which is the first Sunday of the new choir year, at the 11.00 am Choral Eucharist.

This service, sung by the Great Choir, will be followed by refreshments for everyone in the South Transept together with the Mother's Union cake sale.  Please do join us in welcoming Ian back to Southwark.


Ian Keatley is the new Director of Music at Southwark Cathedral. He is responsible for the direction of the Cathedral's music, both at the daily choral services and the diocesan and national occasions which take place. He directs the men and boys of the Cathedral Choir in its programme of concerts, broadcasts, recordings and tours. Before returning to London, Ian was Organist and Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, from 2012 – 2019.

Before moving to Dublin in January 2012, Ian was Director of Music at Westminster Abbey Choir School and was previously Deputy Master of Music at the Chapels Royal, Her Majesty's Tower of London. From 2004 - 2006 he was Organ Scholar at Westminster Abbey where he played at a number of royal and state occasions including the 60th Anniversary of the end of World War II, broadcast live on BBC television, and state memorial services for former Prime Minister, Lord Callaghan and comedian Ronnie Barker.

Ian was Assistant Organist at Croydon Minster from 2000-2002. Whilst Organ Scholar at Southwark Cathedral from 2002 - 2004, Ian founded and directed the Cathedral Merbecke Choir which performed services, concerts and recitals for City of London livery companies. In 2004 he graduated from the Royal College of Music where he was a prize winner for organ performance. Before moving to London in 2000, Ian was a Vicar Choral at Wells Cathedral and studied singing with Ashley Stafford in Oxford.

Recently Ian has performed organ recitals at Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, St Paul's Cathedral, Liverpool Cathedral, St Alban's Abbey and Truro Cathedral. In 2009, Ian performed an organ and bagpipe duet recital with Pipe Major Jim Motherwell (Personal Piper to HM The Queen) at Westminster Abbey. Ian is a trustee of the Charles Wood Festival and Founding Director of the New Charles Wood Girls’ Choir.