Who's who at Pusey House
The Steward (Karen Westhaver)
Master of the Music
Matthew F. Reese is an American conductor, cellist, and tenor, active on both sides of the Atlantic. A recipient of Oxford’s prestigious conducting prize, Matthew has held the Music Directorships of both the Oxford University Philharmonia (2016-2017), and the Oxford University Wind Orchestra (2015-2017), and currently directs the emerging chamber orchestra, Consortium Novum. In 2016, he was named the University’s inaugural ‘Conducting Scholar’, assisting Maestro John Traill and the St Anne’s Camerata. As an active theatre conductor, Matthew has recently conducted performances of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Così fan tutte, as well as Purcell’s Dioclesian.
Matthew has studied conducting under the Celibidache student, Angel Gil-Ordóñez (PostClassical), Paul Spicer (Finzi Singers), Akiko Fujimoto (Minnesota Orchestra), and with the Haydn scholar, James Armstrong (William & Mary). He has participated in masterclasses with Leon Botstein, Harold Farberman, Mark Gibson, Marios Papadopoulos, and Markand Thakar. His principal cello study occurred with Neal Cary (Principal, Richmond Symphony), a pupil of Leonard Rose, and with Judith Shiffers (Israel Chamber Orchestra), a student of Orlando Cole and Paul Tortelier.
Equally at home in the choir stalls, Matthew currently sings with the Choir of The Queen’s College, Oxford, and as a Deputy Lay Clerk in the Choirs of Men & Boys, and Men & Girls at Washington National Cathedral. He also serves as Master of the Music at Pusey House, Oxford, conducting one of the University’s premier mixed-voice chamber choirs. Matthew earned his B.A. magna cum laude with High Honours in Music from America’s second-oldest university, the College of William & Mary (1693), where he is the founding Music Director Emeritus of the William & Mary Schola Cantorum. Matthew also holds an M.Phil in Musicology from the University of Oxford, where he is currently a doctoral candidate in Music.
David Bannister In addition to his duties at Pusey House, David Bannister currently holds the post of Organist to the Cathedral Singers of Christ Church, Oxford, where he accompanies the choir in daily sung services out of term.
He has served as Director of Music at St Peter’s Wolvercote (2011-16) where he was privileged to have been involved in the commissioning of a brand new pipe organ from Dorset based craftsman Robin Jennings. Following on from this he became Choir Director at St John’s College, Oxford, a post which he held for for the 2016-17 academic year.
As an organist, David has performed and recorded with a wide range of groups including, amongst others, The King’s Singers, and Charivari Agréable.
He is the Artistic Director of Vespri Segreti, a professional Oxford based vocal ensemble which exists to perform a wide range of early and contemporary repertoire.
David continues to study with Paul Spicer (choral conducting) and Stephen Farr (organ).
Secretary of the Friends
Ann Chippindale was born in Accrington, Lancashire. She moved south to read Chemistry at New College Oxford remaining there until 1998, first as a doctoral student and then Research Fellow. Her research interests lie in solid-state inorganic chemistry and crystallography. Ann is Secretary to the Friends of Pusey House and a Vice President of the Society for the Maintenance of the Faith. When not addressing envelopes and washing up at Pusey, she is tutor in Inorganic Chemistry at Worcester and Pembroke Colleges in Oxford and Reader in Solid-State Chemistry at the University of Reading.
Alice Love Twelves Alice joins Pusey after having worshipped with us throughout her Oxford undergraduate degree in History (matric 2014). Whilst at Merton Alice became increasingly involved in the life of the college chapel, and will happily continue to do so in her role as Sacristan there this year. Coming from a broad church background, it was her experience of High Anglicanism whilst at Merton which drew Alice to Pusey and to Anglo-Catholicism. Alice is also a member of the John Coombe’s House community. The community consists of four members, living and working together to support the mission of St Thomas the Martyr’s Church, a chapel of ease within the parish of St Barnabas, through the running of services and provision of hospitality. Alice’s interests include English Reformation history, politics, skiing, rowing, and all things sporty generally.
Chapel Intern & Sacristan
Richard Keeble was born and raised in Harrow, North London. From 2014-2017 he studied Theology at King’s College London, graduating with first class honours and the Associate of King’s College. He was awarded the Plumptre Prize for English Literature, the Sellers Prize in Christian Doctrine and the Bishop Collins Memorial Prize for Church History. Reflecting on his Anglo-Catholic upbringing, Richard now hopes to explore the wealth of this tradition at Pusey House and test a vocation to the priesthood. In the role of Sacristan, he strives to preserve the beauty and unique character of worship at Pusey, whilst welcoming new people to the life of the House. His interests include sketching, films and ecclesiology.
Ryan Cox Ryan was born and grew up in the beautiful countryside of Somerset, he studied Theology at the University of Gloucestershire. Ryan was brought up in the Church of England, but has been drawn to the Anglo-Catholic tradition in particular since his first year of university. He trained for four years to be a chef but chose to leave that life behind in order to explore a call to priesthood. Ryan enjoys bell ringing, reading and traveling. He hopes his time at Pusey House will be a year of discernment of vocation.
Petter Kringberg Hailing from the northern parts of Sweden (almost 400 miles north-west of Stockholm), Petter has studied and worked in both Sweden and the UK, as an accountant, Tourist Guide, Verger and Parish Administrator. Despite having lived in Stockholm for more than 15 years, two Anglo-Catholic parishes in Pimlico, London, remain his spiritual home. Petter enjoys history, reading and travelling and is very much looking forward to exploring a possible vocation to Holy Orders while immersing himself in the life of Pusey House for the coming academic year.