Who runs it?

The Camp is run by a group of Senior Staff, whose responsibilities are:

Don Gillthorpe (Church Music Director) and Oli Tarney (Concert Music Director) have responsibility for all musical activities. Don is Director of Music & Performing Arts at Ripley St Thomas C of E Academy in Lancaster and Director of Music at Lancaster Priory. Oli is Head of Composition and Singing at Winchester College. Both have been involved with the Morland Choristers’ Camp since the 1990s.  

Pastoral (House Parents)
As House Father and House Mother, Simon Gordon and Ruth Evans have responsibility for the non-music aspects of the camp including setting up and running the choristers’ accommodation. Between them they have over 30 years’ experience of Morland Camp. Simon teaches Music and ICT at Appleby Grammar School and music at Ullswater Community College in Penrith. Ruth is a Producer at Welsh National Opera and is responsible for the company’s community opera and North Wales programmes. The House Parents are assisted by teams of male and female pastoral staff and Nurses/First-aiders.

As Chaplain, The Revd Carrie Thompson is responsible for the church services and liturgical aspects of the camp (in liaison with the Dean of Carlisle Cathedral and the Rector of Morland Parish Church) and offers spiritual and pastoral support to the choristers and the staff team. Carrie is Vicar of St John the Evangelist, Gosport, and has been involved with Morland Camp since 1990.

David Jones, General Manager, has been involved with Morland Camp for over 40 years.  David has responsibility for aspects of camp relating specifically to Cumbria, organising the various premises, venues and domestic facilities required, supplying pianos and other equipment, and liaising with the residents and businesses of Morland and the surrounding area. David is assisted by Cathy Martin, experienced arts administrator, and Richard Prescott, Director of Tech-hub, who between them handle the chorister entry and registration processes, and administrative duties during the week itself.

The camp is well staffed with experienced professionals skilled in relating to young people. Most are practising musicians at a professional or amateur level. A dedicated pastoral team includes trained teachers and people with nursing or first-aid qualifications. Health & Safety policies are carefully monitored, and there are specified adults on duty at all times throughout the week. The current list of Staff (with photos and mini-biographies) may be found here.

Board of Trustees meets annually in November and has overall responsibility for the governance of the camp. Chaired by the Dean of Carlisle, the Board comprises senior members of the Church, leading musicians, representatives of the local area and of the Markham family, and members of the camp staff. Information on the current trustees may be found here.