Music Staff

Ronny Krippner

Dr Ronny Krippner Organist & Director of Music

Ronny Krippner is Organist and Director of Choral Music at Croydon Minster and Whitgift School in London (UK). Furthermore, he is Specialist Tutor of Organ Improvisation at Birmingham Conservatoire and Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London.

Born in Bavaria, he is in the distinct position of having been formed in both the German and British choral traditions. He studied organ playing and improvisation with Prof. Franz-Josef Stoiber at the Hochschule für Kirchenmusik in Regensburg while at the same time working as Assistant Choirmaster of the Regensburger Domspatzen (Regensburg Cathedral Sparrows), Regensburg Cathedral's famous boys' choir. After graduating, Ronny went to Exeter University to take his master's degree (M.A.) in “English Cathedral Music” whilst singing in the Cathedral Choir as a Choral Scholar.

Building on these twin musical foundations, Ronny went on to take up various posts. After a period working at Newport Cathedral, Wales, Ronny moved to London where he was Organist and Teacher of Music at King's College School, Wimbledon. In addition, Ronny was Assistant Director of Music at the celebrated 'Handel church', St George's, Hanover Square, with its professional choir and annual Handel Festival.

Being fascinated from an early age by organ improvisation, Ronny has made this a specialism. Finalist in the prestigious Organ Improvisation Competition in St Albans in 2009, he won two Prizes in the International Organ Improvisation Competition in Biarritz in the same year. The DVD ‘Ex Tempore – The Art of Organ Improvisation in England’, featuring improvisations by Ronny Krippner, has received high critical acclaim. In 2019, Krippner was awarded a PhD by Birmingham City University for a thesis on Anglican organ improvisation in British cathedrals.

 

Tom Little Sub-Organist

Tom Little is the Sub-Organist at Croydon Minster where he accompanies the Minster Choirs. He has also held positions at Southwark Cathedral, Ealing Abbey and King's College, London.

Tom began his early musical training as a chorister at York Minster under the direction of Phillip Moore. At 13, he moved to Ampleforth College as a music scholar where he continued to take lessons in Piano, Violin and Voice. It was here that he took up the organ, studying with Simon Wright.

Leaving school in 2003 he spent a year at the Conservatoire Nationale d'Angers in France before moving to Truro. As a choral scholar in the Cathedral, he sang six services a week, participated in live broadcasts and several recordings. The following year, Tom decided to leave the stalls in favour of the loft and took up the organ scholarship. In 2006, Tom was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music, where his principal professor was Margaret Phillips.

Since graduating, Tom has combined his duties at Croydon with a variety of freelance work. Recent highlights have included recitals at London cathedrals and a concert for the John Armitage Memorial, performing with Onyx Brass and Nicholas Cleobury. Tom also teaches at the London Oratory School, Whitgift School and sings regularly with choirs in London.

 

Adam Field Sixth Form Organ Scholar

Adam is the Sixth Form Organ Scholar at Croydon Minster and Whitgift School, where he is in the Lower Sixth studying Music, Maths, and Politics. At the Minster he enjoys accompanying and singing in services. At the School, he also participates in many co-curricular groups, uncluding the Whitgift Chamber Choir.

When not on the organ bench, he also plays the horn in the Whitgift Chamber Orchestra and other school ensebmles. Outside of school, he plays in a number of churches where he lieves in East Surrey, and he plays the horn in the local brass band.

 

Martin How MBE Organist Laureate

Born in Liverpool, where his father was Rector of St Nicholas Church. The family then moved to Brighton, where Martin's father was Vicar at St Peters Parish Church. The family then moved to Glasgow just before the second world war, and Martin spend most of his childhood there.

Educated at Repton School where he was a Music Scholar. Awarded an Organ Scholarship at Clare College, Cambridge, where he read Music and Theology. In this post he had responsibility for the Chapel Choir of men and boys, and Choral Society. He was a keen athlete, and ran for the university, narrowly missing being awarded a 'Blue' for cross-country running.

After university he was in the Army for two years where he gained a National Service Commission. He still claims that this experience was invaluable for his later profession.

Later on he was for some years at Grimsby in Lincolnshire where his post as Organist and Choirmaster at Grimsby Minster was combined with school teaching and various musical activities.

Martin has spent most of his career with the Royal School of Church Music where he was known principally as a choir trainer specialising in the training and motivation of young singers. In this capacity he initiated and developed the RSCM Chorister Training Scheme which has since been used in various forms in many parts of the world. He also inaugurated the RSCM Southern Cathedral Singers, a group which has broadcast frequently on BBC Radio's Choral Evensong from Canterbury Cathedral and elsewhere.

Has travelled widely as a choral conductor, accompanist, lecturer and adjudicator. In this capacity he has worked in the USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Belgium and Holland.

Appointed MBE for 'Services to Church Music' in the 1993 New Year Honours List.

Since his retirement from the RSCM he has returned to organ playing as an honorary member of the music staff at Croydon Minster. Composing continues to be his main activity. Some of his compositions are available on his website.

 


Previous Minster Organists

Reunion of former Minster Organists (May 2016):

Back Row (left to right): Simon Lole, Dr Peter Nardone.

Front Row (left to right): Carl Jackson, David Swinson, Nigel McClintock, Andrew Cantrill, Ronny Krippner.

 

Before the fire of 1867 records are incomplete, but include:

Thomas Attwood Walmisley 1830-1833

After the fire of 1867

  • John Rhodes 1857-1868
  • Frederick Cambridge 1868-1911
  • F Rowland Tims 1911-1918
  • H Leslie Smith 1918-1948
  • Edward Shakespeare 1948-1952
  • J.A. Rogans (Hon) 1952-1953
  • B. Aldersea 1952-1957
  • J.A. Rogans (Hon) 1957-1958
  • Derek Holman 1958-1965
  • Roy Massey 1965-1968
  • Michael Fleming 1968-1978
  • David Brookshaw 1978-1980
  • Simon Lole 1980-1985
  • Carl Jackson 1986-1990
  • David Swinson 1990-1992
  • Peter Nardone 1993-2000
  • Nigel McClintock 2000-2007
  • Andrew Cantrill 2008–2012
  • Tom Little (Acting) 2012-2013
  • Dr Ronny Krippner 2013-

Organists Emeritus

Professor Derek Holman 2011- 2019

Dr Roy Massey MBE 2011-