Music Director/Conductor

Spencer Payne

Spencer is currently Director of Music at St. Edmund’s School, Canterbury.


He is an accomplished performer, accompanist, teacher and examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

Spencer studied piano with the international concert pianist Ronald Smith; he holds a Master of Arts degree which he gained with distinction, a PGCE and diplomas in piano performance and organ from the Royal College of Music and Trinity College, London, and the Royal College of Organists. He is much in demand as an accompanist, recitalist and organist, and has provided organ and piano accompaniment on many recordings. Spencer also conducts the School Symphony Orchestra and Choral Society, and recent performances include: Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, The Wasps Overture by Vaughan-Williams, Mont Juic by Britten/Berkeley, Mozart’s Violin Concerto in A major, Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, Chilcott’s Requiem and the Haydn Nelson Mass.

Spencer is particularly interested in the study of Baroque harmony and counterpoint techniques, and the performance of Romantic piano repertoire. Although trained as a soloist, Spencer spends a large proportion of his time teaching, accompanying, rehearsing, coaching and examining in the UK and abroad. In addition to performing, Spencer has directed many musicals and productions over the years. He is also chairman of the Kent Festival Senior Piano Section, a committee member of EPTA, an examiner for A-level performance for the Edexcel examinations board in London and sings as an occasional deputy Lay Clerk in Canterbury Cathedral Choir. When there is any spare time, Spencer also enjoys walking and has a new found passion for cooking.