Timothy Parsons

Lunchtime Concert on Tuesday 23rd November at 1.10pm

Timothy Parsons took up the position of Director of Music at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in April 2021. He has responsibility for all aspects of the Cathedral's music, most importantly the Cathedral Choir. Prior to this, he worked at Exeter Cathedral for five years as Assistant Director of Music, where he was the principal organist for services, concerts, recordings and broadcasts and directed the Cathedral's voluntary choir, the St Peter's Singers.

Born to musical parents in 1992, Timothy was a chorister at Guildford Cathedral and a music scholar at Charterhouse. He went on to hold the organ scholarship at Hereford Cathedral (2010-11) and then read Music as Organ Scholar of Selwyn College Cambridge, graduating with a starred first in 2014. Whilst at Cambridge he also held the organ scholarship for King's Voices, the mixed-voice choir of King's College Chapel. He held the post-graduate organ scholarship at Winchester Cathedral from 2014 to 2016, also working for a term as Acting Assistant Director of Music. Timothy is an active soloist, having given recitals at cathedrals including St Paul's, London and Liverpool (Anglican). In 2018 he recorded a disc of organ music at Exeter for Regent Records' English Cathedral Series, which was praised for its 'vigour, optimism and supreme self confidence' (MusicWeb International) and 'virtuoso command of the organ' (Organists' Review). He is also a busy composer, mainly writing to fill a liturgical need at his places of work. His anthem The Lord is King, a setting of Psalm 93, has been recorded on CD and performed live on BBC Radio 3.


  • Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 547 – J. S. Bach
  • Psalm Prelude set 1 no. 1 – Herbert Howells
  • The Reverend Mustard his Installation Prelude – Nico Muhly
  • Cantilène from Symphony III – Louis Vierne
  • Dieu parmi nous (from La Nativité) – Olivier Messiaen

Chichester Cathedral's Lunchtime Concert series is self-supporting, and thrives through the generosity of its audiences. While there is no charge for admission, we suggest a minimum donation of £3 per person, with Gift Aid applied if possible. 

In line with our hopes to keep everyone safe and well, we will be maintaining socially distanced seating until further notice. As such, with the subsequent reduced capacity, we ask that audiences book their places in advance through Ticketsource. We will have a list of names that have booked on the door: you do not need to bring the tickets with you.