The Chaplain

The Revd Dr Tess Kuin Lawton is responsible for all aspects of Chapel life and for the pastoral care of the College. She joined the College in 2017 from Magdalen College School, where she was a teaching Chaplain in Theology for eight years. During this time she prepared 48 students to study Theology, at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter and Bristol. She taught the Christian Theology, Philosophy of Religion and Ethics papers at A level and has a PhD in Anglican Ecclesiology and the Theology of Religious Pluralism. Her most recent publication is a chapter on ‘Anglican Theologies of Ministry’ in the SPCK 2018 Handbook on Ministry.

Tess is also an Assistant Priest in the parish of Bampton with Clanfield and is the Vocations Adviser for the University.

The Chaplain’s room is Nuffield 10, and her email address is

Director of Chapel Music

Mr Thomas Allery FRCO is responsible for the musical development of the Chapel Choir and organ scholars. He directs and trains the gentlemen, ladies, and boys of the choir for regular services, as well as for tours, recordings and concerts.

A former organ scholar of Worcester College, Thomas graduated with Distinction from the Master’s programme at the Royal College of Music, where he studied organ with Margaret Phillips and harpsichord with Terence Charlston. He has also held posts at Canterbury Cathedral, St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge, and Magdalen College, Oxford.

In addition to his responsibilities at Worcester College, Thomas is Director of Music at St Mary-le-Bow in the City of London. As a continuo player, Thomas performs regularly with his own period ensemble, Ensemble Hesperi. The Director of Music’s address is

Assistant Chaplain

Dr Matthew Cheung Salisbury is also the National Liturgy and Worship Adviser to the Church of England, and a College Lecturer. His academic background is in liturgy and music, in both historical and contemporary contexts. Matthew organises and oversees the daily offices and deputises for the Chaplain. He is also secretary to the Chapel Committee.

The Assistant Chaplain’s room is Nuffield 15, and his email is


Senior Organ Scholar

Julia Alsop began studying music whilst at The Portsmouth Grammar School, before becoming the youngest founder member of Cantate, the Girls’ Choir at Portsmouth Cathedral, in 2006. At school she held a music scholarship and played in a variety of ensembles, taking lessons in organ, in which she has achieved DipABRSM in performance, as well as studying violin, voice and piano. Julia also studied piano at the junior department of Trinity Laban Conservatoire, winning the opportunity to play in a piano ensemble at the Wigmore Hall. In her final year of sixth form, Julia also took up the Junior Organ Scholarship at Portsmouth Cathedral, where she accompanied the choir every week.

During the summer of 2015 Julia also spent a week studying piano at the Royal Danish Academy of music, and at the Aldeburgh Festival as part of the Hesse Student Scheme. She spent a gap year as Organ Scholar at St Paul’s within the Walls in Rome. Beyond her musical duties at the church, she had opportunities to accompany in Papal Basilicas, as well as singing and playing organ and harpsichord in choral and orchestral concerts