Mr Ian Little
MA (Cantab) MusB FRCO LRAM ARCM
Director of Music

Born in St Austell in Cornwall, he received his early education as a chorister at Chester Cathedral later winning organ scholarships to the Royal College of Music and Pembroke College, Cambridge.  On leaving university he was appointed sub-Organist at Coventry Cathedral and a year later became its Director of Music and conductor of the cathedral choral society, the St Michael's Singers.  After a period as Director of Music at Dean Close School, Cheltenham he moved to Yorkshire to take up the post of Director of Music at Ampleforth College where, amongst other duties, he is choirmaster of the Schola Cantorum and Schola Puellarum and oversees the College’s music outreach programme.

  • Mr William Dore
    MA (Oxon) FRCO
    Assistant Director of Music and Abbey Organist

    William Dore was educated at Ampleforth College as one of the first music scholars, before winning an organ scholarship to Jesus College, Oxford where he read Music.  He studied organ with Nicolas Kynaston and John Wellingham.  After a year as post-graduate organ scholar at Norwich Cathedral, he spent seven years as Organist and Assistant Director of Music at Ipswich School, where he also built up a busy schedule as a freelance musician.  He returned to Ampleforth in 1994, and took on the position as Abbey Organist in 2005.  He has continued to work as a freelance musician in the North of England, including local festivals, and has performed as an organist throughout the UK and abroad.  In addition to his duties as Organist, he also runs the College Big Band, oversees the work with Schola probationers, and is Director of the Ampleforth and Ryedale Concert Choir.  He has recorded for Priory Records from the Abbey. The Influence of Plainsong was released in 2014.

  • Mr Alistair Hardie
    BA (York), MA (Durham)
    Teacher of Music

    Alistair was born in Devon, and was a chorister at Exeter Cathedral. After graduating from York University with first-class honours, he received a post-graduate scholarship from Durham University, where he was involved in The International Network for Music Theology. His research exploring the relationship between music and theology has been published in Contemporary Music Review, and he continues to explore this as a composer, violinist, conductor and teacher. His compositions have been performed in Salisbury, Exeter, Durham, York, and St. Andrews, and he has led and conducted orchestras and choirs performing in concerts and operas at Durham Cathedral, York Minster, Newcastle Cathedral and York University. Alistair currently performs with Bellissimé, a period-performance chamber group, and teaches A-level, GCSE, music theory, violin, and piano at Ampleforth College.  Alistair is also a tutor in St Oswald’s House.

  • Ms Sally Driscoll
    Music Administrator

    Sally was born in London, and now lives in Yorkshire.  On moving to the glorious North, she decided to take a short break from her extensive administrative career to study a little music.  She gained a BMus from Huddersfield University in 1999, where she was also awarded the Jacobs Prize for Musicology.  She now has a cello and a piano, and her cats have specially-adapted ear plugs.

  • Katherine Medway
  • Nicola Thorpe