Director of Music

Martin Barry has been the Choirmaster and Director of Music at St John's Cathedral, Salford since 1995. He studied at Cambridge University and has many years of experience as a singer in church and chamber choirs. He has sung with several of the leading amateur choirs in the north-west of England, including Manchester Chamber Choir and the William Byrd Singers, and as well as the cathedral choir has directed a choir of prisoners at HMP Forest Bank, one of the UK's largest prisons.

Martin leads workshops and choir festivals for parish musicians, and his compositions are published by several publishers in the UK and the USA, including GIA Publications, McCrimmons and Decani Music.

Outside of music Martin's specialism is phonetics - the science of speech. He taught at universities in England for twenty-one years, and was head of the department of Linguistics and English Language at the University of Manchester from 2002-2008. He is a former editor of the Journal of the International Phonetic Association, and was pronunciation editor for the landmark 11th edition of Chambers Dictionary. He now works as a forensic speech scientist, specialising in criminal cases involving disputed voice recordings. One way or another, he’s used to having all of human life in his ears!

Contact Martin at or on 0161 443 4104 (daytime).