List of musicians at English cathedrals

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The cathedrals of England have a long history liturgical music, often played or accompanied by the organ. The role of cathedral organist is a salaried appointment, the organist often also serving as choir master. There is also an assistant organist, and often an organ scholar.

Pipe organ in Gloucester Cathedral. The case dates from 1579, the organ was rebuilt by Henry Willis (1874). It is located in its original position.
The organ of Exeter Cathedral is inscribed "John Loosemore made this organ, 1665".
The pipe organ of Chester Cathedral

Contents

Arundel Cathedral[edit]

The Church of Our Lady and St Philip Howard has been the Catholic Cathedral of Arundel since 1965.

Directors of Music[edit]

  • 1992–2002 Alistair Warwick
  • 2002–present Elizabeth Stratford

Birmingham, St Philip's Cathedral[edit]

Organists at St Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham have included composers Charles John Blood Meacham, Richard Yates Mander and Rupert Jeffcoat.

Directors of Music[edit]

Assistant Organists[edit]

Bradford Cathedral[edit]

Organist and Master of the Choristers[edit]

  • c1861 – 1893, Absalom Rawnsley Swaine
  • 1893 – 1939, Henry Coates
  • 1939 – 1963, Charles Hooper
  • 1963 – 1981, Keith Vernon Rhodes
  • 1982 – 1986, Geoffrey John Weaver
  • 1986 – 2002, Alan Graham Horsey
  • 2003 – 2011, Andrew Teague

Director of Music[edit]

  • 2012– Alexander Woodrow

Cathedral Organist[edit]

  • 2011– Paul Bowen (Formerly Assistant Organist)

Assistant Director of Music[edit]

  • 2019–2012 David Condry
  • 2012– Jonathan P. Eyre

Bristol Cathedral[edit]

Organists at Bristol Cathedral have included the writer and composer Percy Buck and the conductor Malcolm Archer.

Organists[edit]

  • 1542 Thomas Denny
  • 1588 Elway Bevan
  • 1599 Edward Gibbons
  • 1638 Arthur Phillips
  • 1639 Thomas Deane
  • 1680 Paul Heath
  • 1724 Nathaniel Priest
  • 1734 James Morley
  • 1756 George Coombes
  • 1759 Edward Higgins
  • 1765 George Coombes
  • 1769 Edward Rooke
  • 1773 Samuel Mineard
  • 1778 Richard Langdon
  • 1781 Rice Wasbrough
  • 1825 John Davies Corfe
  • 1876 George Riseley
  • 1899 Percy Carter Buck
  • 1901 Hubert Hunt
  • 1946 Alwyn Surplice
  • 1949 Clifford Harker
  • 1983 Malcolm Archer
  • 1990 Christopher Brayne
  • 1998 Mark Lee

Assistant organists[edit]

  • 1856–1860 John Barrett
  • 1862–1876 George Riseley
  • Albert Edward New
  • 1888–1892 J.H. Fulford
  • 1902 Arthur S. Warrell
  • 1920–1941 Geoffrey Leonard Mendham
  • Lionel Pike
  • John Jenkin
  • 1980–1986 Martin Schellenberg, (later Director of Music of Christchurch Priory)
  • 1986– Tony Pinel
  • Claire Hobbs
  • 1991–1994 Ian Ball
  • 1994–2001 David Hobourn
  • 2001– Paul Walton

Canterbury Cathedral[edit]

Organists and Assistant Organists at Canterbury Cathedral have included composers Clement Charlton Palmer, Gerald Hocken Knight and Philip Moore (organist) and musical directors Allan Wicks and Stephen Darlington.[1][2]

Organists[edit]

  • 1407 John Mounds
  • 1420 William Stanys
  • 1445 John Cranbroke
  • 1499 Thomas
  • 1534 John Wodynsborowe
  • 1547 William Selby
  • 1553 Thomas Bull
  • 1583 Matthew Godwin
  • 1590 Thomas Stores
  • 1598 George Marson
  • 1631 Valentine Rother
  • 1640 Thomas Tunstall
  • 1661 Thomas Gibbes
  • 1669 Richard Chomley
  • 1692 Nicholas Wotton
  • 1697 William Porter
  • 1698 Daniel Henstridge
  • 1736 William Raylton
  • 1757 Samuel Porter
  • 1803 Highmore Skeats
  • 1831 Thomas Jones
  • 1873 William Longhurst
  • 1898 Harry Crane Perrin
  • 1908 Clement Charlton Palmer
  • 1937 Gerald Hocken Knight
  • 1953 Douglas Edward Hopkins
  • 1956 Sidney Campbell
  • 1961 Allan Wicks
  • 1988 David Flood

Assistant Organists[edit]

  • 1836 William Henry Longhurst
  • 1873 John Browning Lott
  • 1875 ?
  • 1884 Herbert Austin Fricker
  • 1892 J. Sterndale Grundy
  • 1906 W. T. Harvey
  • 1909 Frank Charles Butcher
  • 1918 Rene Soames[3]
  • 1926 ?
  • 1936 Henry Frank Cole
  • 1938 ?
  • 1953 John Malcolm Tyler[4]
  • 1956 Gwilym Isaac
  • 1964 Stephen Crisp
  • 1968 Philip Moore
  • 1974 Stephen Darlington
  • 1978 David Flood
  • 1986 Michael Harris
  • 1997 Timothy Noon
  • 2001 Matthew Martin
  • 2005 Robert Patterson
  • 2008 John Robinson
  • 2011 David Newsholme

Organ Scholars[edit]

  • 1982 Christopher Tambling
  • 1987 David Woodcock
  • 1990 David Hobourn
  • 1991 Timothy Noon
  • 1992 Duncan Aspden
  • 1993 Andrew Arthur
  • 1994 Andrew Bryden
  • 1997 Tom Williamson
  • 1998 Anthony Gowing
  • 1999 Philip Stopford
  • 2000 Timothy Uglow
  • 2001 John Robinson
  • 2002 Benjamin Chewter
  • 2003 Richard Leach
  • 2004 Léon Charles
  • 2005 Jonathan White
  • 2006 James Norrey
  • 2007 Tim Harper
  • 2008 Mark Browne
  • 2009 David Gerrard
  • 2011 Andrew Wyatt
  • 2012 Edward Hewes
  • 2013 Weston Jennings

Carlisle Cathedral[edit]

Notable organists at Carlisle Cathedral have included the composer, astronomer and mathematician Thomas Greatorex and founder of the Royal School of Church Music, Sir Sydney Nicholson.

Organists[edit]

Assistant Organists[edit]

  • 1900–1902 Stanley G. P. Stubbs (later Acting Organist)
  • 1915–1919 Charles Frederick Eastwood
  • 1932–1934 G. F. Stuart
  • 1940–1945 Keith Burton-Nickson[5]
  • William L. Snowdon
  • Ifor James
  • 1970–1973 Christopher Rathbone
  • 1974–1985 Hugh Davies
  • 1985–1987 Andrew Shaw
  • 1987–1989 Andrew Sackett
  • 1989–1995 Ian Hare[6]
  • 1995–1999 Charles Harrison
  • 2000–2005 David Gibbs
  • 2005–2008 John Robinson
  • 2008–present Edward Taylor (formerly Organ Scholar at Ely Cathedral)

Chester Cathedral[edit]

Notable organists of Chester Cathedral include the composers Robert White and John Sanders and the recording artist Roger Fisher.[7][8]

Organists[edit]

Assistant organists[edit]

  • 1857 Mr. Munns
  • 1872–1876 Herbert Stephen Irons[8]
  • 1876–1877 Joseph Cox Bridge (then organist)
  • ????-1890 John Gumi
  • 1893–1925 John Thomas Hughes (then organist)
  • 1925–1926 Guillaume Ormond (later organist of Truro Cathedral)[8]
  • 1934–1944 James Roland Middleton (later organist of Chelmsford Cathedral)[8]
  • 1944–1947 George Guest
  • 1955–1960 Brian Runnett
  • 1960–1962 Peter Gilbert White
  • 1962–1967 Harold Hullah
  • 1967–1971 John Belcher
  • 1971–1975 John Cooper Green
  • 1975–1978 John Keys
  • 1978–???? Simon Russell
  • ????-1989 Lee Ward
  • 1989–1998 Graham Eccles
  • 1998–2003 Benjamin Saunders
  • 2003–2008 Philip Rushforth
  • 2008–2011 Ian Roberts
  • 2011–present Benjamin Chewter

Chichester Cathedral[edit]

Notable organists at Chichester Cathedral have included composer Thomas Weelkes and conductors John Birch and Nicholas Cleobury.

Until 1801, there were two distinct posts, 'Organist' and 'Master of the Choristers', which were merged upon the appointment of James Target. Since the mid-nineteenth century, there has existed the role of Assistant Organist. Currently, the 'Organist and Master of the Choristers' is responsible for the direction of the choir and cathedral liturgy, and the 'Assistant Organist' accompanies the choir.

The sacking of Chichester Cathedral in December 1642 caused all cathedral services to be suspended. They were not resumed until the restoration of the monarchy in 1661. The choir was re-formed in the same year, but the appointment of a new organist did not occur until 1668.

Organists and Masters of the Choristers[edit]

Assistant Organists[edit]

Organ Scholars[edit]

  • 1977 Richard R. Webster (Fulbright Scholar)
  • 1979 Kenneth Sweetman
  • 1982 Simon Dinsdale
  • 1988 Andrew Johnstone
  • 1992 Mark Purcell
  • 1993 Neil Cockburn
  • 1994 Benjamin Nicholas
  • 1995 David Soar
  • 1996 Nicholas Chalmers
  • 1997 Christopher Denton
  • 1998 Luke Bartlett
  • 1999 Marcus Wibberley
  • 2000 Deirdre Comerford
  • 2001 Edmund Aldhouse
  • 2002 Ian Roberts
  • 2003 Jamie Hutchings
  • 2004 Sebastian Thompson
  • 2005 Matthew Pitts
  • 2006 John Mountford
  • 2007 Colin Gray
  • 2008 Julian Haggert
  • 2009 John Dilworth
  • 2010 Paul Manley
  • 2011 Alex Goodwin
  • 2012 Ben Cunningham
  • 2013 Leonard Sanderman
  • 2014 Tomek Pieczora

Derby Cathedral[edit]

Organists[edit]

Assistant Organists[edit]

  • (Alfred) Samuel (Wensley) Baker
  • Celyn Kingsbury
  • Rodney Tomkins
  • 1985 Tom Corfield

Durham Cathedral[edit]

Notable organists at Durham Cathedral have included the composer Richard Hey Lloyd and choral conductor David Hill.

Organists[edit]

Assistant organists[edit]

  • ????-1850 John Matthew Wilson Young, (later organist of Lincoln Cathedral)
  • Thomas Henry Collinson
  • ????-1874 J.C. Whitehead,
  • 1895–1903 Revd John Lionel Shirley Dampier Bennett
  • 1901 F. E. Leatham, 1 (temporary during absence of J. L. Bennett)
  • 1903–1918 William Ellis, (later organist of Newcastle Cathedral)
  • 1918–1919 Basil S. Maine,
  • 1919–1968 Cyril Beaumont Maude,
  • 1968–1972 Bruce Richard Cash,
  • 1973–1980 Alan Thurlow, (later Organist Chichester Cathedral)
  • 1980–1982 David Hill,
  • 1982–1985 Ian Shaw,
  • 1991–2011 Keith Wright,
  • 2011–present Francesca Massey,

Ely Cathedral[edit]

Organists of Ely Cathedral have included the composers Basil Harwood and Arthur Wills.

Organists[edit]

Assistant Organists[edit]

  • ????-1857 *Mr. Bailey (afterwards organist of Holy Trinity Church, Coventry)
  • ????-1865 William J. Kempton
  • George Legge
  • William George Price (later organist to the City of Melbourne)
  • 1903–1906 Frederick Chubb 1
  • 1906–1909 Harold Carpenter Lumb Stocks
  • 1911–1915 Edwin Alec Collins[12]
  • 1927–1929 Guillaume Ormond 1 (afterwards organist of Truro Cathedral)
  • William Bean
  • 1939 C.P.R. Wilson
  • 1945–1949 Russell Missin
  • 1949–1958 Arthur Wills
  • 1958–1961 Christopher Scarf
  • 1961–1964 Michael Dudman
  • 1964–1966 Anthony Greening
  • Roger Judd
  • 1973–1976 Gerald Gifford
  • 1977–1989 Stephen Le Prevost
  • 1989–1991 Jeremy Filsell 1
  • 1991–1996 David Price (now organist at Portsmouth Cathedral)
  • 1996–1998 Sean Farrell
  • 1999–2002 Scott Farrell
  • 2002 Jonathan Lilley
  • 2013 Edmund Aldhouse

Directors of the Girls' Choir[edit]

Assistant Organists of the Girls' Choir[edit]

  • 2006–2008 Edward Taylor (later Assistant Organist at Carlisle Cathedral)
  • 2008–2012 Oliver Hancock (later Sub-Organist at Portsmouth Cathedral)
  • 2012–present Alexander Berry

Exeter Cathedral[edit]

List of the organists of Exeter Cathedral

Notable organists at Exeter Cathedral include hymn writer Samuel Sebastian Wesley, educator Ernest Bullock and conductor Thomas Armstrong.

Organists / Directors of Music[edit]

Assistant Organists (Organist from 1999)[edit]

  • 1856 H. G. Halfyard
  • 1861 – 1870 W. Pinney
  • 1861? – 1868 Graham Clarke (later organist of St Andrew's, Plymouth)[13]
  •  ???? – 1880? Mr. Vinnicombe
  • 1881 – 1889 Ernest Slater
  • Frederick Gandy Bradford[14]
  •  ???? – 1898 Walter Hoyle[15] (later organist of Coventry Cathedral)
  • 1900 – 1906 Revd Arnold Duncan Culley[16]
  • 1906 – 1918 F. J. Pinn
  • 1919 – 1927 Ernest Bullock[17] (later Organist of Westminster Abbey)
  • 1929 – 1937 William Harry Gabb[18] (later Organist of H.M. Chapels Royal & Sub Organist at St Paul's Cathedral, London)
  • 1937 – 1940 John Norman Hind
  • 1945 – 1946 John Norman Hind
  • 1946 – Edgar S. Landen
  • 1950 – 1955 Howard Stephens[19]
  • 1956 – 1961 Stuart Marston Smith
  • 1961 – 1969 Christopher Gower (later Master of the Music at Peterborough Cathedral)
  • 1969 – 2010 Paul Morgan (titled 'Organist' in 1999)

Assistant Directors of Music[edit]

  • 2010 David Davies

Assistant Organists[edit]

  • 1994 Stephen Tanner (Assistant Organist)

Gloucester Cathedral[edit]

List of organists at Gloucester Cathedral

Notable among the organists of Gloucester Cathedral are composers and choral conductors of the Three Choirs Festival, Sir Arthur Herbert Brewer, Herbert Sumsion and John Sanders.

Organists[edit]

The known organists of the cathedral are listed below. In modern times, the most senior post has become known as Director of Music; only these names are recorded here.

Assistant organists[edit]

Guildford Cathedral[edit]

Organists at Guildford Cathedral have included the composer Philip Moore.

Organists[edit]

Sub-Organists[edit]

  • 1927–40 Walter William Lionel Baker[26]
  • 1954–???? Harry Taylor
  • 1965(?)-1970 Gavin Williams
  • 1970–77 James Anthony Froggatt (later Organist of Portsmouth Cathedral)
  • 1977–89 Peter Wright (later Organist of Southwark Cathedral)
  • 1989–2002 Geoffrey Morgan (later Organist of Christchurch Priory)
  • 2002–03 Louise Reid (later Director of Ely Cathedral Girls' Choir)
  • 2003–09 David Davies (later Assistant Director of Music at Exeter Cathedral)
  • 2009–present Paul Provost

Hereford Cathedral[edit]

Notable organists of Hereford Cathedral include the 16th-century composers John Bull and John Farrant, the conductor and advocate of British composers Meredith Davies and the editor of Allegri's Miserere, Ivor Atkins.

Organists[edit]

Assistant organists[edit]

Leeds Cathedral[edit]

Master of the Choristers[edit]

  • 1883-1913 Arthur Grimshaw
  • John Needham
  • Henry Kallaway
  • 1930s and 40s John Peers
  • 1950s and 60s Gerald B Lyons

Master of Music[edit]

  • 1970-1978 William Dibley
  • 1983-1989 Michael Murphy
  • 1988-1993 Joseph Cullen
  • 1993-2002 Stuart Thompson

Directors of Music[edit]

  • 2002- Benjamin Saunders

Cathedral Organists[edit]

  • 1913-1931 Henry Alban Chambers (aged 11 when appointed)
  • 1931-1953 Frank Malone
  • 1955-1987 Brian Mawson
  • 1982-1990 Iain Robertson
  • 2011- Daniel Justin

Leicester Cathedral[edit]

List of organists of Leicester Cathedral

Organists and directors of music[edit]

Assistant organists and assistant directors of music[edit]

  • Frederick William Dickerson
  • Dennis Arnold Smith 1918
  • Stanley Vann 1932 (subsequently Master of the Music at Peterborough Cathedral 1953–1977)
  • Thomas Bates Wilkinson 1933[31]
  • Wallace Michael Ross 1951 (subsequently assistant organist at Gloucester Cathedral 1954–1958, and organist of Derby Cathedral 1958–1982)
  • Sidney Thomas Rudge 1955
  • Robert Prime 1965
  • Geoffrey Malcolm Herbert Carter 1973 (subsequently organist of St Mary's Church, Humberstone)
  • David Cowen 1995 (now Associate Organist of Leicester Cathedral)
  • Simon Headley 1999 (now Assistant Director of Music – see below)

In 2010 the posts of Organist and Director of Music were separated, the Assistant Organist post being re-titled Organist & Assistant Director of Music.

  • Simon Headley 2010–present (also acted as Acting Director of Music in the Autumn of 2010 between the departure of Jonathan Gregory and the appointment of current Director of Music, Christopher Johns)

Lichfield Cathedral[edit]

Notable organists of Lichfield Cathedral include the 17th-century composer Michael East, and the musical educator and choral conductor William Henry Harris who conducted at the coronations of both Elizabeth II and George VI

Directors of music[edit]

  • 2010 Ben and Cathy Lamb

Organists[edit]

  • 1618 Michael East
  • 1638 Henry Hinde
  • 1662 Mr Lamb (Snr)
  • 1688 Mr Lamb (Jnr)
  • 17?? George Lamb
  • 1750 John Alcock
  • 1766 William Brown
  • 1807 Samuel Spofforth
  • 1864 Thomas Bedsmore
  • 1881 John Browning Lott
  • 1925 Ambrose P. Porter
  • 1959 Richard Greening
  • 1978 Jonathan Rees-Williams
  • 1992 Andrew Lumsden
  • 2002 Philip Scriven
  • 2010 Martyn Rawles

This post was restructured in September 2010.

Assistant organists[edit]

This post was restructured in September 2010.

Lincoln Cathedral[edit]

Notable organists of Lincoln Cathedral have included the Renaissance composers William Byrd and John Reading and the biographer of Mendelssohn, William Thomas Freemantle.

Organists[edit]

  • 1439 John Ingleton
  • 1489 John Davy
  • 1490 John Warcup
  • 1506 Leonard Pepir
  • 1508 Thomas Ashwell
  • 1518 John Watkins
  • 1524 John Gilbert
  • 1528 Robert Dove
  • 1538 Thomas Appilby
  • 1539 James Crowe
  • 1541 Thomas Appilby
  • 1563 William Byrd
  • 1572 Thomas Butler
  • 1593 William Boys
  • 1594 John Hilton
  • 1599 Thomas Kingston
  • 1616 John Wanlesse
  • 1660 Thomas Mudd
  • 1663 Andrew Hecht
  • 1670 John Reading
  • 1693 Thomas Hecht
  • 1693 Thomas Allinson
  • 1704 George Holmes
  • 1721 Charles Murgatroy
  • 1741 William Middlebrook
  • 1756 Lloyd Raynor
  • 1784 John Hasted
  • 1794 George Skelton
  • 1850 John Matthew Wilson Young
  • 1895 George Bennett
  • 1930 Gordon Archbold Slater
  • 1966 Philip Marshall
  • 1986 David Flood
  • 1988 Colin Walsh

From 2003 the post was divided: Colin Walsh became Organist Laureate and Aric Prentice was appointed Director of Music.

Assistant organists[edit]

Articled pupils fulfilled the role of assistant organist until 1893 when the Chapter formalised the position of assistant organist.

Liverpool Cathedral[edit]

London, St Paul's Cathedral[edit]

The many distinguished musicians who have been organists, choir masters and choristers at St Pauls Cathedral include the composers John Redford, Thomas Morley, John Blow, Jeremiah Clarke and John Stainer, while well known performers have included Alfred Deller, John Shirley-Quirk, Anthony Way and the conductors Charles Groves and Paul Hillier and the poet Walter de la Mare.

Organists and directors of music[edit]

Sub-organists and assistant organists[edit]

In 2007 the posts of Organist and Director of Music were separated, the Sub-Organist post being re-titled Organist & Assistant Director of Music in September 2008.

  • Simon Johnson 2008 (September) – present

Assistant sub-organists and sub-organists[edit]

In 2007 the posts of Organist and Director of Music were separated, the Assistant Sub-Organist post being re-titled Sub-Organist in April 2008.

  • 2008–present Timothy Wakerell

Almoners and masters of the choristers[edit]

The title of Almoner then passed to one of the Minor Canons, while the post of Master of the Choristers was held by a succession of Vicars Choral, including –

  • 1867–74 Fred Walker 1867–1874 (Vicar Choral)

until –

The training of the choristers was then entrusted to the Organist & his deputies until –

  • 1977–1984 Barry Rose OBE 1977–1984 (Master of the Choir)
  • 1990 the post was re-united with that of Organist under John Scott

Organ scholars[edit]

Some notable choristers and vicars choral[edit]

16th century
17th century
18th century
19th century
20th century

Norwich Cathedral[edit]

Notable organists of Norwich Cathedral have included composers Thomas Morley, Heathcote Dicken Statham, Alfred R. Gaul and Arthur Henry Mann.

Organists and Masters of the Music[edit]

Assistant organists[edit]

Oxford, Christ Church Cathedral[edit]

First among the notable organists of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford is the Renaissance composer John Taverner. Other significant composers and conductors are Basil Harwood, Thomas Armstrong, Simon Preston and Nicholas Cleobury.

Organists[edit]

Assistant organists[edit]

Sub organists[edit]

Peel, St German's Cathedral, Isle of Man (since 1980)[edit]

Organists[edit]

  • 1980 – 2008 Mike Porter

Organist/Directors of Music[edit]

  • 2008 Don Roworth
  • 2012 Peter Litman

Peterborough Cathedral[edit]

Notable organisrts of Peterborough Cathedral have included Stanley Vann, Sir Malcolm Sargent and Thomas Armstrong.

Masters of the Music[edit]

  • 1540 Richard Storey
  • 1569 John Tyesdale
  • 1574 Richard Tiller
  • 1584 John Mudd
  • 1631 Thomas Mudd
  • 1632 David Standish
  • 1643 Vacant
  • 1661 David Standish
  • 1677 William Standish
  • 1691 Roger Standish
  • 1714 James Hawkins
  • 1750 George Wright
  • 1773 Garter Sharp
  • 1777 James Rogers
  • 1784 Richard Langdon
  • 1785 John Calah
  • 1799 Samuel Spofforth
  • 1808 Thomas Knight
  • 1812 Edmund Larkin
  • 1836 John Speechley
  • 1870 Haydn Keeton
  • 1921 Dr Richard Henry Coleman
  • 1944 Charles Cooper Francis
  • 1946 Douglas Edward Hopkins (later Organist of Canterbury Cathedral)
  • 1953 Dr Stanley Vann
  • 1977 Christopher Gower
  • 2004 Andrew Reid (Director of Music)
  • 2013 Robert Quinney

Assistant Masters of the Music[edit]

Plymouth Cathedral[edit]

The Catholic Cathedral of Saint Mary and Saint Boniface – built in 1858

Directors of Music[edit]

  • 1996–1998 Robert Osmond (formerly Director of Music at Sacred Heart and S Teresa, Paignton)
  • 1998–2001 Kevin Holmes
  • 2001–Present Christopher Fletcher (formerly Director of Music at Totnes Parish Church)

Assistant Directors of Music[edit]

  • 1996–1998 Brian Apperson (formerly Director of Music at St Augustine's, Kilburn, London NW6

Organists[edit]

  • 1995–1997 Timothy J Lewis (former Anglican Priest and now Catholic Priest)

Portsmouth Cathedral[edit]

Organists[edit]

  • 1927 Hugh Burry
  • 1933 T. H. Newboult
  • 1944 John Davison
  • 1959 Maxwell Menzies
  • 1964 Peter Stevenson
  • 1968 Christopher Gower
  • 1977 Tony Froggatt
  • 1990 Adrian Lucas
  • 1996 David Price

Sub-Organists[edit]

  • 1930 Mr Pease
  • 1963 Hugh Davis
  • 1978 David Thorne
  • 1999 Rosemary Field
  • 2005 Marcus Wibberley
  • 2012 Oliver Hancock

Organ Scholars[edit]

  • 1999 James Davy
  • 2000 William Ings
  • 2001 Edward Taylor
  • 2002 Richard Hills
  • 2003 Christopher Eastwood
  • 2004 Jamie John Hutchings
  • 2008 Max Puller
  • 2009 William Drakett
  • 2010 Kate Macpherson
  • 2011 Nick Miller
  • 2012 David Harris
  • 2013 William Wallace

Ripon Cathedral[edit]

Notable organists of Ripon Cathedral have included composers Charles Harry Moody and Ronald Edward Perrin.

List of organists[edit]

  • 1447 Thomas Litster (priest)
  • 1478 Lawrence Lancaster
  • 1511 John Watson
  • 1513 William Swaine
  • 1520 Adam Bakehouse
  • 1540 William Solber
  • 1548 Interregnum
  • 1613 John Wanlass
  • ca. 1643 Interregnum
  • 1662 Henry Wanlass
  • 1670 Wilson
  • 1674 Alexander Shaw
  • 1677 William Sorrell
  • 1682 John Hawkins
  • 1690 Thomas Preston (sen)
  • 1731 Thomas Preston (jun)
  • 1748 William Ayrton[52]
  • 1799 William F. M. Ayrton[52]
  • 1802 Nicholas T. D. Ayrton
  • 1823 John Henry Bond
  • 1829 George Bates
  • 1874 Edwin John Crow
  • 1902 Charles Harry Moody, CBE (formerly organist of Holy Trinity Church, Coventry)
  • 1954 Lionel Frederick Dakers
  • 1957 Philip Marshall
  • 1966 Ronald Edward Perrin
  • 1994 Kerry Beaumont
  • 2002 Andrew Bryden (Acting)
  • 2003 Simon Morley
  • 2003 Andrew Bryden

Assistant organists[edit]

  • Edward Brown[53]
  • 1876–81 Henry Taylor[54]
  • ???? J. William-Render[55]
  • William Rains
  • William Edward Cave
  • Edgar Alfred Lane
  • ????-1887 Herbert Arthur Wheeldon[56]
  • 1887–90 Charles Morton Bailey
  • Edgar Watson
  • ca. 1908 C. RIchards[57]
  • David Lamb
  • 1925–27 Leonard Bagguley[58][59] (formerly assistant organist of St Mary's Church, Nottingham, afterwards organist of Paignton Parish Church)

The post of assistant organist was informal until 1928 when it made official.

  • 1928–35 Dennis Cocks
  • 1935–39 Alfred H. Allsop
  • WWII 1939 – 1947
  • 1947–52 Alex Forrest
  • 1952–55 Paul Mace
  • 1955–56 Keith Bond
  • 1956–58 Peter Anthony Stanley Stevenson[60]
  • 1958–63 Laurence Gibbon
  • 1963–74 Alan Dance
  • 1974–86 Marcus Huxley (later organist of St. Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham)
  • 1986–98 Robert Marsh
  • 1998–2003 Andrew Bryden (then organist)
  • 2003-4 Stephen Power (Acting)
  • 2004–08 Thomas Leech
  • 2009–13 Edmund Aldhouse
  • 2013– present Ben Horden

Rochester Cathedral[edit]

Among the composers, conductors and concert performers who have been organists at Rochester Cathedral are Bertram Luard-Selby, Harold Aubie Bennett, Percy Whitlock and William Whitehead.

Organists[edit]

  • 1559 James Plomley,
  • 1588 Roper Blundell,
  • 1599 John Williams,
  • 1614 John Heath,
  • 1672 Charles Wren,
  • 1674 Daniel Henstridge,
  • 1699 Robert Bowers
  • 1704 John Spain,
  • 1721 Charles Peach,
  • 1753 Joseph Howe,
  • 1781 Richard Howe,
  • 1790 Ralph Banks,
  • 1841 John Larkin Hopkins,
  • 1856 John Hopkins,
  • 1900 Bertram Luard-Selby,
  • 1916 Charles Hylton Stewart,
  • 1930 Harold Aubie Bennett,
  • 1956–77 Robert Ashfield,
  • 1977–94 Barry Ferguson,
  • 1994–2013, Roger Sayer, (organist only from 2008)[61]
  • 2008–present Scott Farrell

Assistant organists[edit]

St Albans Cathedral[edit]

List of organists of St Alban's Cathedral

The posts of organist and master of the music at St Albans Cathedral have been held by a number of well-known musicians, including Peter Hurford, Stephen Darlington and Barry Rose. Andrew Lucas is the current Master of the Music.[63] Since 1963 the cathedral has been home to the St Albans International Organ Festival, winners of which include Dame Gillian Weir, Thomas Trotter and Naji Hakim.

Organists[edit]

  • 1302 Adam
  • 1498 Robert Fayrfax
  • 1529 Henry Besteney
  • 1820 Thomas Fowler
  • 1831 Edwin Nicholls
  • 1833 Thomas Fowler
  • 1837 Thomas Brooks
  • 1846 John Brooks
  • 1855 William Simmons
  • 1858 John Stocks Booth
  • 1880 George Gaffe
  • 1907 Willie Lewis Luttman
  • 1930 Cuthbert E. Osmond
  • 1937 Albert Charles Tysoe
  • 1947 Meredith Davies
  • 1951 Claude Peter Primrose Burton
  • 1957 Peter Hurford
  • 1978 Stephen Darlington
  • 1985 Colin Walsh
  • 1988 Barry Rose
  • 1998 Andrew Lucas

Assistant organists[edit]

  • 1908–09 John Cawley[64]
  • 1921–30 George C. Straker
  • 1936–39 Sydney John Barlow[65]
  • 1945–51 Frederick Carter
  • 1951–70 John Henry Freeman[66]
  • 1970–75 Simon Lindley
  • 1975–76 John Clough
  • 1976–2001 Andrew Parnell
  • 2001–08 Simon Johnson (later Assistant Director of Music St Paul's Cathedral)
  • 2008–current Tom Winpenny

Salisbury Cathedral[edit]

Among the notable organists of Salisbury Cathedral have been a number of composers and well-known performers including Bertram Luard-Selby, Charles Frederick South, David Valentine Willcocks, Richard Godfrey Seal and the BBC presenter Simon Lole.

Organists[edit]

Assistant organists[edit]

Southwark Cathedral[edit]

Among the organists of Southwark Cathedral are Edgar Tom Cook, known for his lunchtime organ broadcasts on the BBC, and the organ designer Ralph Downes.

List of organists[edit]

Assistant organists[edit]

  • F. Stanley Winter
  • 1908–1917 Charles Edgar Ford
  • 1917–1922 Francis W. Sutton
  • 1922 J.C. Bradshaw 1922
  • 1923–25 Ralph William Downes
  • 1934–35 Philip Miles
  • 1936 Ernest F.A. Suttle
  • 1937–54 Ernest Herbert Warrell[72]
  • 1955–56 William Allen Humpherson[73]
  • 1957–59 Denys Darlow
  • 1959–1962 John Flower, Alan Dance, John Oxlade
  • 1962–1970 Arthur Newell
  • 1971–1974 Christopher Jenkins
  • 1975–78 Nicholas Woods
  • 1978–85 John Scott
  • 1985–88 Andrew Lumsden
  • 1988–97 Stephen Layton
  • 1997 Stephen Disley

Organ scholars[edit]

  • 2000–02 Daniel Cook
  • 2002–04 Ian Keatley
  • 2004–05 Martin Ford
  • 2005–07 David Pipe
  • 2007–08 Tim Wakerell
  • 2008–10 Tom Little
  • 2010–12 Jonathan Hope (later Organ Scholar of Winchester Cathedral, then Assistant Director of Music, Gloucester Cathedral)
  • 2012–present Martyn Noble

Southwell Minster[edit]

At Southwell Minster, the term Rector Chori is used rather than Director of Music, or Master of the Choristers. It literally means Ruler of the Choir, and is a historic title.

List of Rectores Chori[edit]

List of Organists[edit]

Assistant Organists:

In 2008 the title of Assistant Organist was replaced with Assistant Director of Music, in line with other Cathedrals. Assistant Directors of Music:

Organ Scholars[edit]

Charles Harrison Organ Scholarship

  • 1992–93 Matthew Halls (later director of The King's Consort, now the Retrospect Ensemble)
  • 1994–95 David Soar (now Professional Operatic Bass)
  • 1995-06 David Gostick (now Musical Director of the Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir and Organist and Master of the Choristers, Wimborne Minster)
  • 1997–98 Thomas Wiggall (now Composer and Teacher of Music Surbiton High School, Surrey)
  • 1998–99 Anthony Smith (now Research Fellow, University of Sussex)

David McIntosh Organ Scholarship

  • 1999–2000 Matthew O'Donovan (now Director of Lower Chapel Music, Eton College)
  • 2000–01 Christopher Bucknall (now Director of Music and Organist, St Mary's Church, Barnes)
  • 2001–02 Oliver Lallemant (now Assistant Director of Music, Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Square, London)
  • 2002–03 Charles Sega (now Organist and Choirmaster, The Episcopal Church of the Atonement, Chicago)
  • 2003–04 Stephen Moore (now Organist and Director of Choral Music at Felsted School and Director of Music, St Matthew's Church Northampton)
  • 2004–05 Dr Emma Gibbins (now Director of Music St. George's Church, Belfast)
  • 2005–06 Simon Earl (now Assistant Director of Music, Wakefield Cathedral)
  • 2006–07 Daniel Battle (then Associate Organist, St Mary's Cathedral, Limerick, now Director, Scholæ Filiorum, Ss. Peter and Paul's Church, Cork)
  • 2007–08 Richard Moore (then Organ Scholar, St John's College, Oxford, now Organ Scholar, St Paul's Cathedral)
  • 2008–09 Peter Holder (now Organ Scholar, Westminster Abbey)
  • 2009–11 Jonathan Turner (now Director of Music, St Stephen's Church, London)
  • 2011–13 Hilary Punnett (previously Assistant Organist, Christchurch Cathedral, Montreal)
  • 2013–present David Quinn (previously Organ Scholar, St Peter's College, Oxford)

Truro Cathedral[edit]

Organists and Masters of the Choristers[edit]

Assistant Organists[edit]

Organ scholars[edit]

Wells Cathedral[edit]

The first record of an organ at Wells Cathedral dates from 1310, with a smaller organ, probably for the Lady Chapel, being installed in 1415. In 1620 a new organ, built by Thomas Dallam, was installed at a cost of £398 1s 5d, however this was destroyed by parliamentary soldiers in 1643 and another new organ was built in 1662,[80] which was enlarged in 1786,[81] and again in 1855.[82] In 1909–1910 a new organ was built by Harrison & Harrison with the best parts of old organ retained,[83] and this has been maintained by the same company since.[84]

Organists[edit]

  • 1416–1418 Walter Bagele (or Vageler)[85]
  • 1421–1422 Robert Cator
  • 1428–1431 John Marshal
  • 1437–1462 John Marchell
  • 1461–1462 John Menyman (joint)
  • 1461–1462 Richard Hygons (joint)
  • 1497–1507 Richard Hygons
  • 1507–1508 Richard Bramston
  • 1508 John Clawsy (or Clavelleshay)
  • 1514 William Mylwhard
  • 1515–1531 Richard Bramston
  • 1534–1538 John Smyth
  • 1547–1554 Nicholas Prynne
  • 1556–1557 John Marker
  • 1558 Robert Awman
  • 1559–1562 William Lyde
  • 1563 Thomas Tanner
  • 1568 Matthew Nailer
  • 1587 John Clerk
  • 1600 Thomas Hunt
  • 1608 James Weare
  • 1613–1614 Edmund Tucker
  • 1614–1619 Richard Brown
  • 1619–1642 John Oker (or Okeover)
  • 1663–1674 John Brown
  • 1674 Mr Hall
  • 1674–1688 John Jackson
  • 1688–1690 Robert Hodge
  • 1690–1712 John George
  • 1713–1726 William Broderip
  • 1726 Joseph Millard
  • 1727–1740 William Evans
  • 1741 Jacob Nickells
  • 1741–1771 John Broderip
  • 1771–1773 Peter Parfitt
  • 1773–1781 Robert Parry
  • 1781–1820 Dodd Perkins
  • 1820–1859 William Perkins
  • 1859–1895 Charles Williams Lavington
  • 1896–1899 Percy Carter Buck
  • 1899–1933 Revd. Canon Thomas Henry Davis
  • 1933–1936 Conrad William Eden
  • 1936–1971 Denys Pouncey
  • 1971–1996 Anthony Crossland
  • 1996–2004 Malcolm Archer
  • 2004–2005 Rupert Gough (acting)
  • 2005 Matthew Owens[86]

Assistant organists[edit]

Senior organ scholars[edit]

  • 2002 David Bednall
  • 2006 Samuel Hudson
  • 2009 Oliver Walker
  • 2010 Stephen Buzard
  • 2011 Sachin Gunga
  • 2012 Owain Park
  • 2013 Jeremy Woodside

Winchester Cathedral[edit]

The earliest known organist of Winchester Cathedral is John Dyer in 1402. Later organists include Christopher Gibbons whose patronage aided the revival of church music after the Interregnum, Samuel Sebastian Wesley, the composer of sacred music, and Martin Neary who arranged the music for the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Organists[edit]

Assistant organists[edit]

Organ scholars[edit]

  • 1984–85 David Halls
  • Mark Elliott-Smith
  • 1990–91 Meirion Wynn Jones
  • 1991–93 Katherine Dienes-Williams
  • 1994–95 Robert Quinney
  • 1995–96 Clive Driskill-Smith
  • 1996–98 Christopher Monks
  • 1998–99 Christopher Whitton
  • 2002–03 James Sherlock
  • 2012–14 Jonathan Hope (later Assistant Director of Music, Gloucester Cathedral)

Worcester Cathedral[edit]

Organists of Worcester Cathedral have included the composers Thomas Tomkins, William Hayes, and conductors David Willcocks, Douglas Guest and Adrian Lucas.

Organists[edit]

Assistant Organists[edit]

Assistant Organists and Assistant Directors of Music[edit]

  • 2012–present Christopher Allsop

Sub-Assistant Organists[edit]

  • 2007–08 Simon Bertram
  • 2008–12 George Castle
  • 2012–present James Luxton

York Minster[edit]

List of the organists of York Minster on the wall of the north transept

Among the notable organists of York Minster are four members of the Camidge family who served as cathedral organists for over 100 years, and a number of composers including John Naylor, T. Tertius Noble and Francis Jackson.

Organists[edit]

The organists of York Minster have had several official titles, the job description roughly equates to that of Organist and Master of the Choristers. They will have an Assistant Organist, who may be titled simply "Organist".

Assistant organists[edit]

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