Andrew Cantrill

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Andrew Cantrill is a British-born organist and choral director. He has held cathedral positions in New Zealand and the United States, and most recently served as Organist & Master of the Choristers at Croydon Minster.[1] He is a Fellow, prize-winner and Trustee Council member of the Royal College of Organists,[2] and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


Andrew Cantrill was a music scholar at Reigate Grammar School, and organ scholar at Barnard Castle School. He studied music at Durham University, where he was organ scholar of the College of St Hild and St Bede, conductor of the University Chamber Choir and Chamber Orchestra, and assistant conductor of the University Choral Society. He graduated in 1991 with the Eve Myra Kisch Prize for Music. His organ teachers have included James Lancelot, Peter Wright, Susi Jeans and Gerre Hancock.


He has been assistant organist of Hampstead Parish Church, Master of the Choristers at Grimsby Minster, Director of Music at Saint Paul's Cathedral, Wellington, New Zealand, Organist-Choirmaster at St Paul's Cathedral, Buffalo, NY, USA, and Organist & Master of the Choristers at Croydon Minster, London.

During his time in New Zealand, Andrew Cantrill was Musical Director of The Orpheus Choir of Wellington, with whom he conducted both the Orchestra Wellington and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He was tutor in organ at the Massey University Conservatorium of Music, and appeared regularly on Radio NZ's Concert FM as organ soloist, accompanist and presenter. Cantrill was appointed Organist-Choirmaster of St. Paul's Cathedral (Buffalo, New York), USA in 2004. There he directed the Choir of Men & Boys, one of the first to be established in the United States, and the girls' choir. At Croydon Minster he was responsible for the four church choirs, and an extensive annual programme of musical events.


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Preceded by
Philip Walsh
Organist & Director of Music, Wellington Cathedral of Saint Paul
1999 – 2004
Succeeded by
Michael Fulcher
Preceded by
Dale Adelmann
Organist-Choirmaster, St. Paul's Cathedral (Buffalo, New York)
2004 – 2007
Succeeded by
Jeremy Bruns
Preceded by
Nigel McClintock
Organist and Master of the Choristers, Croydon Minster
2008 – 2012
Succeeded by
Ronny Krippner