Chapel People


The Revd Dr Robert Tobin

As Chaplain at Oriel, I am responsible for all aspects of Chapel life. This ranges from conducting services and working with students to welcoming old members and visitors. As part of the Welfare Team, I am also here to offer help and support to any member of College, regardless of background.

The Chapel lies at the heart of the Oriel community. It is open to everyone in College as a place of prayer and reflection. While its services follow the established pattern of worship in the Church of England, the Chapel more generally promotes spiritual exploration, intellectual inquiry and social engagement.

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Director of Music

Dr David Maw

As Director of Chapel Music at Oriel, I work to maintain and develop the standard of liturgical music-making in the Chapel. My role involves overseeing the recruitment and auditioning of the Choir, the appointment of Organ and Choral Scholars, and working closely with the Chaplain in planning services. I also liaise with the Chaplain and Choir Committee on the organisation of the annual Choir Tour, Cathedral visits, occasional recordings and similar initiatives. From week to week, I am involved in conducting the Choir and playing the organ, sharing these activities with the Organ Scholars.

Any member of the University is welcome to audition for Oriel Choir at any point during the academic year. Please contact me at:

Senior Organ Scholar

Johnson Lau

As Senior Organ Scholar at Oriel, I work with the Director of Music in accompanying and directing the Chapel Choir and am responsible for playing at services. Currently I am in my second year reading for a degree in Engineering Science. I first started studying the organ with Peter Yue at the age of 12, when I was studying at St Paul’s College, Hong Kong. I joined the sixth form of Colchester Royal Grammar School in 2012, where I studied with John Chillingworth. Prior to joining Oriel, I was the Organ Scholar at St Nicholas Church, Witham.

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Junior Organ Scholar

William McDonald

As Junior Organ Scholar at Oriel, I am responsible for playing at the services, and work alongside the Director of Music and Senior Organ Scholar in accompanying and directing the choir. Currently in my second year reading Music, I began learning the Organ as a Chorister at Salisbury Cathedral where I learnt with Andrew Post. I then won a Music Scholarship to Eton College where I learnt with David Goode, playing first for the Lower Chapel Choir and then the College Chapel Choir in my final year. As well as playing the Organ I also play the French Horn and enjoy conducting whenever possible!

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