Thomas Edward Stockwell
Where did you grow up?
I was born in Poole in Dorset (I’m one of triplets) but I spent most of the time away at boarding school.
Salisbury Cathedral School, Lancing College and then Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln.
Your previous role and place of work:
Most recently I’ve been Director of Music at Sunningdale School near Ascot in Berkshire. I’ve also been Organist and Director of Music at the local church. Before that, I was a lay clerk at Lincoln Cathedral.
What are you most looking forward to about working at King’s Ely?
My wife Victoria and I are excited to be working with the cathedral choristers in Choir House and to be living, working and raising our family in such a beautiful, historic and supportive environment.
Hobbies/interests outside of school:
I love playing cricket, travel and exploring and spending time with friends and family.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I wanted to be a train driver or a vet. I then decided that I wanted to sing in cathedrals! I’ve achieved one of those things so far…
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
What was the last book you read?
Wine, Women and Song – A Spitfire Pilot’s Story by Hamish Brown.
What song are you most likely to sing at a Karaoke?
Pretty much anything by Queen. I have been dubbed ‘The Jukebox’ by friends, as I have an usual ability to remember words and tunes to all sorts of songs!
What is your favourite film?
Saving Private Ryan – absolutely incredible.
Do you have any phobias or fears?
I’m rather irrationally terrified of spiders…
Name three things you would want with you if stranded on a desert island for a week:
Coffee, my Amazon Alexa (so I could listen to music!) and my wife and best friend, Victoria.