Director of Music - Sachin Gunga
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 Cathedral and Wells Cathedral, 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.
Director of Music 2017-2019 - Jake Barlow
Countertenor Jake Barlow is a singer, conductor, and teacher based in Crewe. He read for a degree in Classics as a Choral Scholar at Worcester College, Oxford, and after holding Choral Scholarships at Truro and Norwich Cathedrals, he went on to be a Lay Vicar at Chichester Cathedral, where he sang eight services a week, as well as concerts, broadcasts and tours throughout the year.
A Fellow of the London College of Music and a Licentiate of Trinity College London, he has appeared as a soloist with the BBC Philharmonic, the Brook Street Band, the Amadeus Orchestra, Hastings Philharmonic, Norwich Baroque, the East Anglian Academy of Early Music, and the English Cornet and Sackbut Ensemble. He has also appeared at the International Liszt Festival in Hungary, and the Handel Week Festival in Illinois.
As a conductor, he has worked with groups around the country, including the Affinity Show Choir, Cornwall Cambiata, Truro Cathedral's choral outreach scheme, Cornwall Returners Orchestra, and Worthing Choral Society. He is also the Artistic Director of the St Richard Singers' in-house chamber orchestra, the Noviomagus Ensemble, and was the Social Media Officer for the Festival of Chichester.
In August 2019 he moved to Chester to become Director of Music with the Nantwich Singers. He also teaches singing and tutors in academic music and classics.