Raymond Johnston began his ministry as Canon Musician in 2000. He was drawn to Saint Mark’s because of its rich history of a strong music program. “The Music Program exists to enhance worship at the Cathedral,” he says, “To enable people to offer themselves in service to God and to speak to those in the wider community who are not necessarily part of our congregation, young and old alike.” In his position, he chooses the music for all liturgies and leads the Cathedral Choir that sings on Sunday mornings and the Choral Society that performs twice a year.
Raymond also coordinates the Music Series program that hosts a musical offering to the community on Sunday afternoons once a month. Raymond received his musical training at Peterhouse in Cambridge, England (awarded a Master of Arts in 1984). He worked primarily under Dr. Donald Hunt at Worcester Cathedral as Deputy Chorus Master of a 200 voice choir, but has also experienced the varied approaches of Sir David Willcocks, Dr. George Guest, Simon Preston and Joshua Rifkin. A composer and arranger of both sacred and secular choral music, Raymond’s own works have been performed in Worcester Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. Before coming to St. Mark’s, Raymond served as Director of Music for Kent College in England, Assistant Organist at Worcester Cathedral, and Music Master at The King’s School, Worcester.