Alistair Reid MA FRCO is currently Director of Music at St. Joseph’s Church Yorkville on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York. He directs the church’s semi-professional choir at the High Mass and the children’s choir at the Family Mass. Alistair is also a regular deputy organist at St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue and Trinity Church, Wall Street.
Alistair began his musical career as a chorister in London and began playing the piano at the age of eight. He studied music at the University of Oxford and, during this time, was Organ Scholar at Hertford College, Assistant Organist of the University Church, and Conductor of the Oxford Chamber Choir.
After graduating, he crossed the Atlantic to become Organ Scholar at Christ Church, Greenwich, Connecticut while continuing his studies with Gerre Hancock at St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City. Alistair was then appointed Assistant Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis. During his five years there, he played for weekly broadcasts, accompanied five European choir tours, and featured on the choir’s acclaimed CD, ‘My Spirit Rejoices’ on the Gothic label.
From 2004 to 2011, Alistair was Assistant Director of Music of Coventry Cathedral in England where he was involved with chorister training and choir direction as well as playing for a number of high profile services, concerts, broadcasts, and tours. He is featured on several CDs including ‘Choral Music from Coventry Cathedral’ on the Herald label and ‘The best Christmas carols album in the world… ever!’ on the Kingsway label. Alistair was also Assistant Conductor of the cathedral’s choral society, the Saint Michael’s Singers and in 2010 helped to prepare Britten’s War Requiem for a performance marking the 70th anniversary of the bombing of the cathedral.
Alistair also maintains a busy recital schedule and has played in many prestigious venues around the world including Notre Dame de Paris, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the National Cathedral in Washington, Harvard University Memorial Church, and St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue. Other recent performances have included the Saint-Saëns ‘Organ Symphony’ in the University Church, Oxford and Messiaen’s La Nativité in Coventry Cathedral. He is also much in demand as a continuo player and has played Bach’s St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Monteverdi’s Vespers, and Mozart’s Requiem with the English String Orchestra.