A committed Christian, with a great love of church music, I have worked in churches as an organist and choir trainer since my teens. Recent posts have been as Director of Music at St. Mary the Virgin, Monken Hadley (2013-14) and Director of Music at St. Peter’s, Bexhill-on-Sea (2014-2020). I have enjoyed training the choirs and playing the organ.
As well as singing in the church we have been privileged to sing at such venues as Westminster Abbey, Coventry Cathedral, Brecon Cathedral, Canterbury Cathedral, Winchester Cathedral, Portsmouth Cathedral, Rochester Cathedral, Chichester Cathedral and Southwark Cathedral. It has been an honour to direct the choir in cathedral worship and, occasionally, to accompany other choirs as an organist.
I am an active member, and currently President, of the Brighton and District Organists’ Association.
Whilst working part-time as a teacher and musician, I have developed my organ playing skills, gaining the ATCL, ARCO, LLCM and FLCM diplomas. Below are some videos recorded in 2020 during lockdown. More are available on my You Tube channel. The organ is a Viscount Chorale 3 digital instrument, with the audio produced through the Hauptwerk software system.
Few would argue that Johann Sebastian Bach is not amongst the greatest composers.
BWV 533 shows many of the hallmarks of his early works: a fantasy-like opening and a well developed motivic argument.
A talented pianist and composer, Florence Price also played the organ in Arkansas.
Her Suite for Organ is unjustly neglected. The Air is especially poetic, with some wonderful harmonic touches.
Sir Charles Stanford is one of the doyens of English Church Music. Irish-born, he was influential as both composer and teacher.
This postlude says much in a short space of time and makes a suitably grand concert or service item.
Johann Walther was a contemporary of Bach. He also transcribed a number of Italian concerti for the instrument.
Signor Meck’s concerto for violin, has been given an idiomatic treatment for the organ in a lively B minor.
Joséphine Boulay’s music is ripe for rediscovery. She composed a comparatively small number of pieces for the organ, but the C# minor prelude is of a high quality.
A limpid melody is supported by piquant harmonies and the typical timbres of the French romantic organ.
Coleridge-Taylor’s music has been seeing a welcome revival in the 21st century. The British composer was a first study violinist, later studying composition with Stanford.
The Impromptu is a lyrical and dramatic piece for the instrument.