Thomas Neal

Tom Neal is a freelance researcher, editor, and performer of sixteenth-century polyphony. He has researched and written widely on music and liturgy in the late Renaissance, with a particular focus on the music of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. He studied music at Clare College, Cambridge, graduating BA (Hons) in 2012, with a dissertation on the manuscript LonBL Royal 8 G.vii; and MPhil in 2013, with a dissertation on the printed sources of Palestrina’s Vespers hymns. In Lent term 2013 he was elected the John Stewart of Rannoch Scholar in Sacred Music. Also a former Stanley Vann Scholar, earlier this year he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Academy of St. Cecilia. In September 2014 Tom was appointed Director of Music at the Shrine Church of St. Augustine, Ramsgate (Ramsgate Abbey), having served as Organist there since July 2013. In addition to the day-to-day provision of music for the liturgy, he directs the Shrine’s artists-in-residence, The Victoria Consort, in a busy schedule of concerts, tours, and recordings.