CALLUM ALGER is currently the Interim Director of Music at the Collegiate Church of St Peter, Wolverhampton, in addition to studying on the Advanced Postgraduate Diploma (Professional Performance) course at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, with a Headley Music Scholarship, under the guidance of Daniel Moult. In 2019, he graduated with a first class honours degree in Music Performance for which he studied the organ with Henry Fairs and David Saint, and choral conducting with Paul Spicer.
During his studies, he was accompanist to the critically-acclaimed Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir, accompanying the choir on their most recent CD Rosa Mystica for SOMM Recordings. Callum was fortunate to spend a semester studying at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater ‘Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’ in Leipzig under the tutelage of Martin Schmeding.
He has previously held positions at Westminster Cathedral, St Thomas’ Church, Stourbridge, Portsmouth Cathedral (in conjunction with The Portsmouth Grammar School), and St Matthew’s Church, Northampton.
Callum has performed extensively as a soloist in the UK. He won First Prize at the IAO/RCO Organ Playing Competition (2018) in Peterborough, and Dame Gillian Weir Messiaen Competition (2018) in Birmingham, and was twice a finalist in the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition. Recent recital venues have included Westminster Abbey, St John’s Smith Square and St Albans Cathedral (St Albans International Organ Festival). He is a prize-winning Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, an Associate of Trinity College, London, and has performed on BBC Radio 3 and 4, and is a Making Music Selected Artist 2020-21.
In 2019, Callum released his debut CD ‘Klangreden’ with Regent Records, featuring the Garnier organ at the University of Birmingham, and the Walker organ at St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham. ‘Klangreden’ is centred on the performance of Lutheran chorale-based repertoire, in which Callum’s music-making has been described as “unfailingly elegant” Choir and Organ.