Roy Massey (organist)

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Roy Cyril Massey MBE (born 9 May 1934) is a British organist and conductor.


Roy Massey was born in Birmingham, England[1] and was educated at Moseley Grammar School, Birmingham, and the University of Birmingham. He took the Birmingham degree of BMus and holds the diplomas of FRCO(CHM), and ADCM.

He was organist of St Alban-the-Martyr, Bordesley, Birmingham (1953–1960) and St Augustine's Church, Edgbaston, Birmingham (1960–1965). He became warden of the Royal School of Church Music (1965–1968) as well as organist of Croydon Parish Church (now Croydon Minster). From 1968-1974 he was organist of St. Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham, and director of music at King Edward's School, Birmingham. Massey was elected a fellow of the Royal School of Church Music (FRSCM) in 1972 and in 1975 a fellow of St. Michael's College, Tenbury.[2]

From 1974 to 2001 he was Organist and Master of the Choristers at Hereford Cathedral. During his time at Hereford, he was nine times conductor-in-chief of the Three Choirs Festival, where he commissioned and conducted the premieres of several works by British composers.

He was awarded the Lambeth degree of DMus in 1990 and appointed MBE in 1997.

Following his retirement in 2001, Massey became president of the Royal College of Organists (2003–2005).[3] He remains active as a concert organist, and gave the opening recital on the newly-rebuilt organ at Hereford Cathedral in 2005.

His arrangement of a Ukrainian melody, "Long the Night", was published in the carol anthology Noel! published by Novello in 2000.[4]


  1. ^ The original Wikipedia narrative mistakenly stating that he was born in Alabama USA was doubtless due to the fact that Birmingham is also the name of a city in that State. See also the following two references below.
  2. ^ The Organists and Organs of Hereford Cathedral: Watkins Shaw and Roy Massey. Hereford: Hereford Cathedral Organ Committee, 2005. First published in 1976.
  3. ^ Who's Who 2007: A & C Black, London
  4. ^ Noel!: Novello & Company Ltd, London, 2000
Cultural offices
Preceded by
Thomas Tunnard
Organist and Master of the Choristers of St. Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham
Succeeded by
David Bruce-Payne
Preceded by
Richard Lloyd
Organist and Master of the Choristers of Hereford Cathedral
Succeeded by
Geraint Bowen