Thomas Tunnard

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Thomas Tunnard (30 July 1918 – 25 August 2012) was an English cathedral organist, who served in St. Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham.[1]


Thomas Newburgh Tunnard was born on 30 July 1918 in Lexham, Norfolk. He was a chorister at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, and then educated at Bedford School, the Royal College of Music and New College, Oxford 1937 - 1939, and 1945 - 1946.

From 1950 he was head of music at Warwick School.

In 1953 he founded the Warwick & Kenilworth Choral Society[2]

From 1958 he was head of music at King Edward's School, Birmingham, following in the footsteps of his predecessor Willis Grant at the Cathedral.

Died 25 August 2012[3]


Organist of:

Cultural offices
Preceded by
Peter Burton
Organist and Master of the Choristers of Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick
Succeeded by
Douglas Clarke
Preceded by
Willis Grant
Organist and Master of the Choristers of Birmingham Cathedral
Succeeded by
Roy Massey


  1. ^ The Succession of Organists. Watkins Shaw.
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  3. ^ "Thomas TUNNARD Obituary". The Times. 7 September 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2013.