Minster Musicians


Director of Music - Ian Sutcliffe BA Hons PGCE FRSA

Ian received his early musical education at Bradford Cathedral, where he became Head Chorister and later Organ Scholar.

Following a period as Associate Director and later Director of The Bradford Choristers he returned to the cathedral as Assistant Organist.

He graduated with BA Hons from Huddersfield University and gained his PGCE from Lancaster University whilst Organ Scholar of St Martin’s College.

His career has been largely in education. Following positions in Wakefield, he became Director of Music at Barnard Castle School, County Durham, St Edmund’s School, Canterbury and Marlborough College.

Ian has given many solo recitals and as part of ‘Sound the Trumpets’. He has conducted in most UK cathedrals, directed a number of youth choirs and choral societies, toured extensively overseas, appeared on the BBC, ITV and Canadian TV, made numerous recordings and worked with artist’s as diverse as Harry Secombe and Chris de Burgh.

He has been involved in work with The Royal School of Church Music, been President of the Music Masters’ Association and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts for his work in education.

Following a period of three years as Director of Music at The King’s School Ely, he enjoyed a freelance career as a conductor, organist, adjudicator, advisor and restauranteur.

Ian is delighted to have been asked to become Director of Music at Halifax Minster from Easter 2020.

You can contact Ian via the following;

  1. directorofmusic@halifaxminster.org.uk
  2. 07708 341778

This was a magnificent concert and a testament of Ian Sutcliffe’s inspirational directorship and inspired, rhythmically potent conducting.  An event of the highest quality and most fitting for Ely Cathedral and the time of year.


Assistant Director of Music & Organist - Graham Gribbin

Graham’s love of choral music began when he joined the Choir of Bradford Cathedral as a young Chorister.

Whilst Head Chorister he began organ lessons with the Organist and Master of the Choristers, Keith Rhodes.

During this time, he gained valuable experience in accompanying services; something he has continued doing in local churches for the past 30 years.

Prior to being appointed Sub Organist at the Minster, Graham was Director of Music at St. Martin’s Church, Heaton, Bradford.

He became Director of Music at the Minster in September 2019, but following the recent restructuring of the Music Department and given that he combines a busy performance schedule with the running of a successful piano service and retail business, GSG Pianos Yorkshire, Graham is happy to provide a supportive role as Assistant Director of Music and Organist.

He will continue to take charge of the outstanding Organ Recital Series Thursdays @ One which he has built up over the last four years and which now features eminent organists with an international reputation.

You can contact Graham via the following;

  1. graham@gsgpianos.co.uk
  2. 07775 593949

Halifax Minster Music Department

Ian Sutcliffe

Dr Simon Lindley
Prof. David Baker
Sean Montgomery

Helen Austwick
Revd Canon Hilary Barber
Andrew Sheldon

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