Music at St Mary Magdalene

Music is central to life at St Mary Magdalene. It plays an important role in our Sunday services and helps us to worship.

Director of Music

Alex Knight, Director of Music at St Mary Magdalene

Alex Knight, Director of Music at St Mary Magdalene


Alexander Knight was born in Manchester and spent his formative years as a pianist, obtaining his ABRSM Grade 8 at the age of nine. Alexander began studying organ at The Manchester Grammar School with Simon Leach and subsequently moved to Cardiff, where he held the post of Director of Music & Organist at St Mary’s, Whitchurch. Alexander held the Organ Scholarship and read for a music degree
at Queens’ College, Cambridge between 2012 and 2015. With Queens’ College Choir, Alexander toured and performed in Hong Kong, Paris, Budapest and Switzerland, and featured on the CD ‘For The Wings of a Dove’.

Alexander is currently Director of Music and Organist at St Mary Magdalene, Richmond, Graduate Music Assistant and Organist at Emanuel School and Accompanist for Canbury Singers. Between 2017 and 2018, Alexander was Répétiteur for the Scheggino Opera Summer School and City Lit Opera Course, Musical Director for Maldon Festival’s Gilbert & Sullivan production of ‘Trial by Jury’ and Harpsichordist for the Bach ‘B minor mass’. Alexander’s accompanying on organ, piano, and synthesisers has seen him collaborate with a variety of musicians and groups, including Reading Bach Choir, CUMS Chorus with Stephen Cleobury, Reverie Choir, St John’s Beaumont School, Ewell Castle School and the Honourable Artillery Company Band.

Alexander has performed regularly as a solo pianist and organist. Recent organ recital venues include Queens’ College Cambridge, St George’s Hanover Square and Westminster Abbey. Alexander has studied piano with Nigel Pitceathly, organ with David Thomas at Llandaff Cathedral and William Whitehead, conducting with Andrew Arthur and Paul Brough, and singing with Colin Baldy and Paul Plummer. In 2018, Alexander was awarded his Associateship diploma of the Royal College of Organists with three prizes.

The Choir

St Mary Magdalene has a voluntary robed adult choir which leads worship on Sundays and at major festivals. On Sundays, the choir sings at the 9:30am Parish Eucharist and for Evensong at 6:30pm. The choir also joins those of the other churches in the Richmond Team Ministry, St Matthias and St John the Divine, at the various Team Services which take place throughout the year.

Currently, the choir rehearses each week on Thursdays at 7:30pm and on Sundays before each service, although there are occasionally extra rehearsals at important times of the church year.

For more information about the choir please see our website:

Singing with the Choir

We are always looking to welcome more people to join our current regular, committed and friendly core of choir members in making music. As a voluntary choir, it is recognised that different people can commit to varying degrees; if you are interested in singing with the choir, please e-mail the Director of Music ( who would be glad to hear from you. All voice parts are welcome.

Music Lists

Monthly music lists will be published and downloadable here:

Music List, December 2019

Music List, November 2019

Music List, October 2019

Music List, September 2019