About me

Cantus Firmus Music was opened in 2015 with the aim of making high-quality editions of some of the finest Tudor and Jacobean church music available at reasonable prices.

My interest in early music began when I was a teenager. I read music at Christ Church, Oxford, where I studied with Stephen Darlington and John Milsom; I also sang in the cathedral choir as an academical clerk. After leaving university, I started editing early music professionally, preparing editions for, among others, Oxford University Press.

I started doing typesetting work for the British Academy series Early English Church Music in 2002, and have been a member of the editorial committee since 2009. I am currently preparing a two-volume edition for EECM of the collected works of Edmund Hooper, organist of Westminster Abbey at the end of the 16th century.

The music of the Eton Choirbook holds a particular interest for me, and I prepared the editions for the Tallis Scholars’ Gramophone Award-winning recording of music by John Browne. It has also been a great pleasure to make the editions for all five CDs of music from Eton by the choir of Christ Church Cathedral, the first recordings in the modern era to use boys’ voices; the first three of these were all nominated for Gramophone Awards; the fourth was Editor’s Choice in Gramophone on its release in September 2016.

I bring many years’ singing experience to my editorial work and know what makes the singer’s task easier in a performance or recording, and strive to bring these benefits to my customers.

I have sung in four different cathedral choirs, the most recent being that of Hereford Cathedral. Although I retired from singing in 2014, I still work there part-time as the music and liturgy adminstrator.

Timothy Symons

Cantus Firmus Music
5 Hampton Street