MusicOur Choral Tradition

The Director of Music and Assistants

Director of Music

Ian Runnells BA (Hons), ARCO, LTCL, LLCM, PGCE

Ian Runnells is always pleased to hear from potential choristers. He can be contacted by ‘phone 01933 315112 or by email at  musicd@stpaulschurchbedford.org.uk

An informal chat or request for further information is the usual first point of contact.

Assistant

Gary Mudd

Gary is Bedford born and bred, and was educated at Bedford Modern School and the University of Surrey where he took a degree in Physics and played and sang in University orchestras and choirs. A founder member of Bedfordshire County Concert Band and of local choir Cantamus, since mid 1990’s he has directed the latter which is based at St Paul’s. He sings in St Paul’s choir and also directs the Omega Consort in Welwyn and St Christopher’s Chamber Choir.

Assistant

Graham Bentley A.G.S.M.

Graham studied at The Guildhall School of Music in London for four years, and sang in many City churches and St.Pauls Cathedral, remaining at St.Bride’s Fleet Street for thirteen years. He served as Director of Music at St.Mary’s Redbourn for five years.

Assistant

Henry Vann MA (Cantab) ATCL FRSA

Henry grew up in Bedford and was a chorister at King’s College Cambridge. He studied at Bedford School and sang with Selwyn College Cambridge at university under the leadership of the inspirational Sarah Macdonald. Henry also sings with local chamber choir Cantamus and with Voce Chamber Choir, performing with the Rolling Stones at Glastonbury, the O2 and Hyde Park. He is Head of External Affairs for the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), and is a local Councillor and Education Portfolio Holder for Bedford Borough.