Music is an extremely important part of the life and worship of Grahamstown Cathedral.
Director of Music
It has been announced that Mr Cameron Luke has been appointed to be the next Director of Music at Grahamstown Cathedral, to succeed Dr Andrew-John Bethke who left at Easter this year. The appointment will be a joint one with Rhodes University – he will be conducting the Chamber Choir and doing some teaching in the Department of Music.
Born in Cornwall, England, Cameron Luke graduated with a BA (Hons) in music from Oxford University in 2004. During his studies he was Organ Scholar of Worcester College. This involved directing and overseeing the day-to-day running of the chapel music with its two choirs. His other musical qualifications include a Diploma in Choral Direction from the Royal College of Organists, and in 2012 he received his FRCO (Fellowship Diploma from the Royal College of Organists.)
Cameron has worked outside the UK previously, having served as an organist at two different churches in Norway between 1997 and 2001. He has extensive experience of working with young people at schools in Cheltenham, as well as with students at Oxford University.
Cameron has appeared as organist in BBC TV ‘Songs of Praise’ programmes and as soloist in several performances of music for organ and orchestra with the Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra.
He has a wide range of interests which include organ construction, choral conducting, composing, campanology, history, theology and liturgy, the study of academic dress, archaeology, walking, politics and current affairs.
He has been Director of Music at All Saints’ Church, Cheltenham, in the UK, since 2007.
The date of his arrival in Grahamstown can unfortunately not be announced yet. As a UK citizen he has to obtain a visa to work in South Africa, which may take a few months. The Cathedral family looks forward to welcoming him.
At the AGM of the Makana Choir School, a letter was read out, with greetings from Cameron Luke.