Music Direction

Director of Music

Since January 2018, our choir has been under the temporary direction of Sara Bartolozzi whilst we look for a permanent Director of Music. Sara is a classically trained mezzo-soprano and has sung a variety of music (solo and choral) in various venues although now focuses on classical song. She has been singing with St Luke’s since first coming to the church in 2007, both as a regular member of the choir and singing solos as required for special services. Sara’s family and other commitments do not allow her to take on the role of Choir Director permanently but she hopes to continue to be part of music-making at St Luke’s, supporting our new Director of Music once in post. Sara also runs the regular lunchtime recital series at St Luke’s.


Richard Sheppard – Organist

Rick was born in 1963 in NW London but spent much of his life in Tunbridge Wells. Educated at the Skinners’ School he received organ tuition from Leonard Lazell FRCO GTCL and came under the influence of several key musical figures in the area, David Gurney, John Francis and Christopher Harris. Richard has two grown-up sons and recently married Sarah (nee Lazell). In his now non-existent spare time Richard enjoys singing with the Chancel Singers, deputising at a few local consoles and occasionally conducting. A few simple choral compositions are available on the internet; two sets of BCP Preces & Responses and a short motet for the feast of Candlemas, Hodie Beata Virgo Maria have found popularity at home and abroad. One published work, The Coventry Carol, is available through the music publisher Animusi.