New Director of Music at Southwark Cathedral

The Chapter of Southwark Cathedral is delighted to announce that Ian Keatley has been appointed as the new Director of Music

Ian is currently Organist and Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. Ian began his career as a cathedral musician as a Vicar Choral at Wells Cathedral, and has served at Westminster Abbey, the Chapels Royal and the Tower of London, as well as being a former Organ Scholar at Southwark Cathedral. Ian is also a Trustee of the Charles Wood Festival and the Founding Director of the New Charles Wood Girls’ Choir.

Ian will succeed Peter Wright who retires at the end of July, having served as Director of Music at Southwark Cathedral for the last 31 years.

Commenting on his appointment, Ian said, ‘As a musician I am inspired to provide music that supports, colours, enriches and assists in the celebration of the Eucharist and the Daily Office, thereby reflecting our monastic traditions and the singing of the Opus Dei. This post of Director of Music at Southwark Cathedral will allow me to utilise this experience as a member of a community building on the many musical strengths in the tradition of the place.’

The Dean of Southwark, the Very Revd Andrew Nunn, commented, ‘We are looking forward to welcoming Ian back to Southwark. His skills as a cathedral musician are outstanding, as is his commitment to our vision: developing and growing the great tradition we have here and helping to inspire music making around the diocese as well as at the Cathedral.’

Ian will be installed as Director of Music on Sunday 8 September, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Patronal Festival of the Cathedral, at 11.00am within the Choral Eucharist.