Director of Music

When you walk into Harris Manchester, the chances are you’ll hear music!  We have a rich musical life, overseen by our Director of Music, John Dunston. John directs the College Choir, which sings for chapel services and other College events, such as during the Christmas Dinner.  He also gives music lessons to members of College of all levels of proficiency.

Everyone is welcome at our lunchtime concerts, held regularly on Thursdays in term time.

Organ Scholar

The Harris Manchester Organ Scholar for 2019-20 is Israel Lai.
Israel is a 2nd year MPhil Music (Composition) student at Keble College. He is a composer, arranger, piano accompanist, conductor, orchestral violinist, translator and hyperpolyglot from Hong Kong. He is currently an Esther Yewpick Lee Millennium Scholar reading for an MPhil in Music (Composition) at the University of Oxford, studying with Prof. Martyn Harry and Prof. Robert Saxton, following his graduation from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2018 with a first-class honours Bachelor of Arts in Music. He was previously an exchange student at Lund University, Sweden.
More information on Israel’s career and interests can be found at:

Read about our college organs.


To book the Chapel for practice, sign up on the sheet in the Lodge.  A music practice room will be part of our new building.