Rufus is a former Organ Scholar of Merton College, Oxford, and Worcester Cathedral and a former Conductor of Oxford University Philharmonia. Following a career in teaching, Rufus took up his current appointment as Organist and Assistant Director of Music at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, where he has played for the Queen and Prince Philip as well as accompanying Kiri te Kanawa and José Carreras. Following postgraduate study in Church Music and Choral Direction at the Royal Academy of Music, he now pursues a freelance career as a conductor, organist, accompanist and teacher.
Rufus has collaborated with composer James Cook for many years, directing ‘Voces Oxonienses’ as well as playing for various CDs on the Divine Art label. Rufus has participated in conducting workshops with the BBC Singers and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and holds various conducting appointments. He is Musical Director of Surrey Youth Choir, Yateley Choral Society, Zingers Childrens’ Choir, ‘Ace of Herts’ Youth Choir, Mid Hertfordshire Youth Orchestra, Assistant Conductor and Accompanist for Islington Choral Society and Assistant Conductor of Hertfordshire County Youth Orchestra. He has also recently formed PAEAN, an ensemble of young professional singers and instrumentalists.
Recent performances have included the cathedrals of Bristol, Hereford, Southwark, Peterborough, St Albans, Winchester and Arundel (accompanying Crispian Steele-Perkins), St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, The Spitalfields Festival, The Royal Military Chapel (Sandhurst), St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the Royal Albert Hall, as well as La Madeleine (Paris), Cologne Cathedral and Neresheim Abbey (Germany) as well as conducting the European Premiere of Dave Brubeck’s Cantata The Gates of Justice.
Rufus also continues to perform as a violinist, and appeared with the late American singer/song-writer, Gene Pitney, on a UK tour.