This is a list of the Organists who served S. Silas was mainly gleaned from the information given in the Monthly and Bi-monthly Parish Papers. It may not be totally complete and any additional biographical details would be welcomed.
Miss Vincent    1892 of  5 Sackville Street, W
Mr. Manders    1893 - 1894
Mr. E. A. Payne    1895 - 1896 then became Choirmaster.
Joseph Brereton    1897 - 1898
Thomas Mann    1899
Richard Mann    1900

George Thomas Moss    1901 - 1906
Died February 23rd 1920.

Mr. E. G. West    1908
Formerly assistant Organist at All Hallows, Southwark.
Mr. A. W. Gibbs    1909 - 1910
Mr. H. C. Holzapfel   Oct 1913 - Dec 1916
Fr. A. J. Clark    1917
Both priest and organist.
Edward James Bennett   Nov 1917 - Sept 1918 - then called up
Formerly Organist of St. Chad's, Haggerston.
Died  April 24th 1924.
Monthly Paper, Nov - Dec 1918, page 12 - List of Church Officials, Servers and others on Service - Organists- H. C. Holzapfel, A. W. Gibbs, E. J. Bennett.
Mr. S. Cockeram    Oct 1918 - Dec 1919
Formerly Organist at St. Faith's, Stoke Newington.
Edward James Bennett   Jan 1920 - Dec 1923
(Died April 26th 1924, aged 34)
Obituary - Bi-Monthly Paper, July-August 1924, pages 10-11.
(His wife gave the picture of the Madonna and Child which hangs above the gallery steps to the church in his memory)
Mr. Frank W. Harding   Dec 1923 - Oct 1926
Music teacher and Organist.
Director of Music at Golders Green Crematorium for about 25 years.  Died 1971.
Mr. P. A. Tapp    Nov - Dec 1927
Harold Walter James Rabson  1928 - 1969
(He was born near S. Silas in 1900, baptised confirmed and married here.  He was a choir boy when the present church was consecrated and in due course became an assistant organist.  He was a skilled musician and especially fond of plainchant and liturgical music.  He wrote a number of mass settings, hymns and motets for this and other churches.  He also taught composition at Morley College in London.  He was also a man of prayer, using the rosary every day of his life.  The statue of S. John Vianney is dedicated to his memory.)
Played the parts of a shepherd, Judas, and S. Silas in Benjamin Boulter's Mystery Plays.
He inherited a choir of men and boys from Mr. Bennett but at the onset of the Second World War the children of the Parish were evacuated and the choir lost its boys.  After this there were only two or three ladies and men.
David Fysh    1969-
Friend of Fr. Cobb.
25 years - Director of Music, Wycliffe College Junior School, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire.
Later became the Revd. David Fysh - 1995 Parish Priest at S. Mary's, West Walton, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.

Simon Lawford     1991 - 1992
1977-1980       Organ Scholar, Magdalen College, Oxford
1980-1986       Assistant Organist, Peterborough Cathedral
1986-1990       Assistant Organist, Christ Church, Oxford
1990-1991       Organist, Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles
1991-1992       Organist, St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town
1992-1994       Organist and Director of Music, Hampstead Parish Church
1994 -              Director of Music, St Georges’s Cathedral, Perth, Australia

Simon Lawford received his early musical training as a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, from Dr Christopher Dearnley. In 1977 he won the organ scholarship to Magdalen College, Oxford, where he studied under Dr Bernard Rose.

In 1980, he was appointed Assistant Organist at Peterborough Cathedral, and in 1986 moved to Christ Church, Oxford, as Assistant to Stephen Darlington. Together with this choir, and as soloist, he took part in numerous performances for BBC radio and TV, as well as  recordings and concerts throughout France, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Scandinavia, Canada and USA. Following a year in France as Organist at the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, he was appointed Director of Music at Hampstead Parish Church, where he instituted an important series of concerts and recitals. During this time he worked with the London Philharmonic Choir, the City of London Sinfonia, the Hanover Band, the Oxford Bach Choir, and the St EndellionFestival.

In January 1994, he took up his present appointment as Organist and Director of Music at St George’s Cathedral, Perth. He also directs St George’s Baroque Consort, specialising in the authentic performance of early music. This group has been widely acclaimed for its outstanding concerts featuring a wide variety of repertoire, including the first ever performances to use period instruments in WA of Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s St John Passion. He is in constant demand throughout WA as a recitalist, conductor and continuo player. He has performed the complete ‘48’ Preludes and Fugues of J. S. Bach at a series of recitals in St George’s Cathedral and was broadcast by the ABC as soloist with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in Poulenc’s Organ Concerto.

Peter St. John Stokes   Dec 1992 - June 2013
Peter St.John Stokes was born in Yorkshire in 1944.  He started playing the organ at school, and from the age of sixteen had lessons with Dr Francis Jackson, organist of York Minster.  He went to Trinity College of Music, London, where he studied organ, singing and orchestral conducting as well as composition with Dr Arnold Cooke.  He also has a degree in French and a MMus in historical musicology from Kings College, London.   As a former pupil of Naji Hakim, organist of La Trinité, Paris, he takes a particular interest in improvisation. 

He taught, first in London, and then for twenty-one years as Director of Music at Loreto College, St Albans.   During this time he continued to play the organ and to be involved in choral conducting, having given many concerts both in this country and abroad.

Previous organist positions include St Giles-the-Fields, London and Dunstable Priory.  Currently working as a freelance musician and teacher, since 1992 he has been organist of St Silas, Kentish Town.

Edward Hewes September 2013 - August 2016
Edward was appointed Director of Music at S. Silas in September 2013, after a distinguished history of performance at Lincoln and as Organ Scholar at Canterbury Cathedral. He developed the choral tradition at S. Silas considerably during his time, introducing a choir of four professional singers to enhance the Liturgy every Sunday and extending the choir for major feasts, accompanied by instrumental players. He moved from s. Silas in August 2016 to take up a position as Organ Scholar at Southwark Cathedral

Peter Dutton: September 2016 – present day
Peter teaches at Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, and was appointed Director of Music at S. Silas in September 2016. At the same time, John Bachelor was appointed as Assistant Director of Music. Between them, they have further developed the musical repertoire at S. Silas and established a regular choir of four professional singers who sing at the 11.00am Mass every Sunday and maintain the highest standards of performance to assist with the Liturgy. This choir is further enhanced by other singers and musicians for festivals. The Assistant Director normally plays for the 9.30am Mass at Holy Trinity, where there is also a regular choir, members of the congregation, who perform at the Sunday Mass once a month . On Sunday evenings there is a Said Mass with music, followed by Benediction, for which one of our organists plays.

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