St Richard Singers are delighted to announce the appointment of Sachin Gunga as their new Music Director from September 2019.
We are looking forward to working with Sachin. The first concert under his direction is on Monday 16th December, where we will perform a well-known carol by Gustav Holst in a new arrangement by Sachin. It will also include the Vivaldi Magnificat, Charpentier’s Noëls sur les instruments, plus seasonal music and congregational carols.
Born in Derby, Sachin Gunga trained as a chorister in Derby Cathedral Choir and studied organ under Dr. Tom Corfield. He went on to read Classics at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, followed by a Master’s degree in Music at the Birmingham Conservatoire, under Henry Fairs and David Saint. He subsequently held organ scholarships at Truro and Wells Cathedrals, completing his ARCO diploma in 2011.
Sachin’s first Assistant Organist position was at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, where he also made his first appearance as an organist on Songs of Praise. He spent ten months at Lincoln Cathedral as Acting Assistant Director of Music, before becoming Assistant Director of Music at Wakefield Cathedral in February 2015.
Whilst in Yorkshire he was also Musical Director of St Peter’s Consort. Under his direction, this local chamber choir performed numerous works by contemporary composers such as Eric Whitacre, Jonathan Dove and James MacMillan, alongside more traditional choral repertoire.
Sachin moved to Portsmouth in January 2018, where he now holds the twofold position of Sub-Organist at Portsmouth Cathedral and School Organist of The Portsmouth Grammar School. He accompanies the Cathedral Choirs for their weekly services, in addition to concerts and tours, and has also appeared with them on BBC Radio 3 and 4. Soon after his arrival in Portsmouth, the Choir recorded a new CD of Christmas music, Verbum Caro Factum Est (Herald), for which he was accompanist.
Sachin still enjoys singing and maintains a keen interest in languages.