Charter Choir - Who's Who?

Daniel Trocmé-Latter (Director of Music)

Photo: Daniel Trocme-Latter conductingDr Daniel Trocmé-Latter was appointed Director of Music at Homerton in 2011 following the completion of his doctoral studies. As a choral director he has conducted choirs across the UK, as well as internationally across four continents. In 2014, with the Charter Choir, he recorded Audite Finem, on which two of Daniel’s own compositions appear alongside works of William Byrd, Thomas Tallis, Peter Maxwell Davies, and John Hopkins among others. The Choir's recording of Greta Tomlins's Let all the world in every corner sing has featured on BBC Radio 3.

After taking up the organ aged 17, Daniel served as organ scholar at Selwyn and Robinson Colleges, Cambridge. Since that time he has given recitals in Europe and Australasia, including at several Cambridge colleges, Southwark and Portsmouth Cathedrals, and at churches in France, Australia, and New Zealand. His teachers have included Gerard Brooks, David Sanger, and Anne Page. He has also played on several recordings, including on the organ for The Moon of Wintertime (Selwyn College Chapel Choir, 2005) and on the harmonium in The Minpins (London Schools Symphony Orchestra, 2003; an arrangement of Roald Dahl’s story set to the music of Jean Sibelius). In March 2014 he played the organ in an ABC Classic FM broadcast of a new work by composer Gerard Brophy for Guildford Grammar School in Perth, Australia.

Daniel is also a College Teaching Officer in Music at Homerton, teaching a variety of undergraduate modules in the Cambridge Music Tripos, including practical musicianship (aural and keyboard skills), analysis, tonal skills, and music history courses. He is Director of Studies in Music at Homerton and Magdalene Colleges, Praelector at Homerton, and an Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Music. He is also Recordings Review Editor for the Oxford journal Early Music.

During Lent and Easter terms 2019, Daniel is taking a research sabbatical.

Douglas Coombes (Acting Conductor)

During Daniel Trocmé-Latter's sabbatical, the Acting Conductor of the Charter Choir is Dr Douglas Coombes MBE.

Christopher Baczkowski (Senior Organ Scholar)

Photo: Christopher BaczkowskiChristopher Baczkowski is Roger Green Senior Organ Scholar, President of Homerton College Music Society, and a third-year History student. He began his organ studies in 2011 with Keith Brown and since 2012 has been taught by  David Ratnanayagam, Gordon Stewart, and William Whitehead. Before taking up the organ scholarship at Homerton, he was Organ Scholar at Wakefield Cathedral. As part of his duties at Wakefield, Chris accompanied Tuesday Evensong and Sunday morning services. In addition, he assisted in the day-to-day running of the Music Department. As a recitalist, Chris has performed most notably in London and Ipswich, and he has also accompanied the Charter Choir on tour in Germany and the Czech Republic. In 2016, he made his cathedral performance debut, playing in Wakefield and at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Norwich. Chris also plays the piano and the violin. Chris was previously principal second violin of the Young Sinfonia, based at The Sage, Gateshead. When not playing music, Chris enjoys playing golf.

Matthew Walters (Junior Organ Scholar)

Photo: Matthew WaltersMatthew Walters is Junior Organ Scholar and is in his first year studying Classics at Homerton. He began playing the organ in 2013 under Christopher Tambling at Downside School, and was subsequently taught by Toby Moschard and Julian McNamara. He now learns with William Whitehead. In his final year at school he held an organ scholarship at St John’s Church, Glastonbury under Matthew Redman, performing at a weekly Sunday Eucharist and a monthly Evensong. He has also performed in Wells Cathedral and Downside Abbey. In addition to the organ, Matt plays the piano and the trumpet. He enjoys football and captained the Downside Football 1st XI in 2017–18. He also maintains an occasional philosophy blog. When he’s not exercising mind or body, Matt listens to drum and bass.

Patricia Maude (Honorary Lay Chaplain)

Photo: Patricia MaudePatricia (Trish) Maude MBE has enjoyed a long career in teaching and teacher training and has been at Homerton College since 1974. Amongst many other roles, she has served as Head of Physical Education, Deputy Senior Tutor, Director of School Liaison, Head Coach of Homerton Gymnastics Club as well as being a keen supporter of music in the College. Her research interest is in physical literacy and she is the Early Years Coordinator for the International Physical Literacy Association. As Homerton’s Honorary Lay Chaplain she recently (September 2018) completed the Ely Diocesan training to become an Authorised Lay Minister, with a specialism in worship leading. Her role as Honorary Lay Chaplain includes liaising between St John’s Church and Homerton and acting as pastoral adviser to members of the choir in relation to the choir. She also prepares the non-musical content of the weekly Choral Evensong services and organises the worship-leading and reading rotas.