Hugh Morris has been the Director of the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) since August 2018. An experienced and accomplished choir trainer, organist and trained teacher, with a passion for a wide range of music both sacred and secular, he has worked in a number of different Cathedrals, churches and schools up and down the country.
Hugh spent eight years at Hexham Abbey as Assistant Organist, combining this post with teaching at the King’s School, Tynemouth, and Newcastle University, before moving to become Director of Music at Christchurch Priory in Dorset in 2009. At Christchurch, he founded a new Priory Music and Arts Festival, acting as Artistic Director for its inauguration in 2014; during this time, he also taught music at Bournemouth School for Girls. Hugh moved to Derby as Director of Music at the Cathedral in January 2015, immersing himself in the life of the Cathedral, city and further afield, until moving to the RSCM in 2018.
As an organist, Hugh has given many solo recitals at venues across the UK and Europe, competed in the finals of two international organ competitions, and accompanied a large number of choirs. Hugh is an ex-pupil of Abingdon School, a graduate of Cambridge University (as organ scholar from Magdalene College) and holds the Fellowship and Choral Direction diplomas of the Royal College of Organists. Hugh and his family continue to live in rural Derbyshire where the pleasures of walking in the Peak District, eating his wife Sarah’s cooking, and trying to keep the garden under control keep them all happily occupied.