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Scott Farrell | James Norrey

 

Scott Farrell (Director of Music)

 

Scott FarrellScott was born in Dover in 1971 and was educated at Dover Grammar School for Boys.  At the age of fourteen Scott took up his first church appointment and whilst still at school was awarded the Associateship of the Royal College of Organists. In 1989 Scott went up to Royal Holloway and Bedford New College (University of London) as Organ Scholar to read music.  Upon graduation, Scott pursued postgraduate studies at the Institute of Education (University of London) combining this with the position of Assistant Organist at St. Paul's, Knightsbridge. 

In August 1993 Scott took up the full time post of Assistant Director of Music at St. Edmundsbury Cathedral, Suffolk moving in January 1999 to Ely Cathedral to work alongside Paul Trepte. Whilst at Ely, he recorded and toured widely with the Cathedral Choir and outside the Cathedral was also Musical Director of Ely Choral Society and the Ely Consort as well as appearing regularly with the Britten Sinfonia. 

In September 2002, Scott left Ely to take up the position of Organist and Master of the Music at the Cathedral Church of St Nicholas, Newcastle upon Tyne.  During his time there, the Choir recorded four compact discs to critical acclaim, made a welcome return to the broadcast evensong schedule on Radio 3 and regularly performed with artists such as the Northern Sinfonia under Sir Roger Norrington and Simon Halsey, Fine Arts Brass, Julian Lloyd Webber, the legendary jazz saxophonist Peter King and the Mediaeval Baebes. 

Since August 2008, Scott has held the post of Director of Music at Rochester Cathedral, the second most ancient Cathedral foundation in the UK.  Here, Scott is responsible for all music in the Cathedral and most especially the direction and training of the boy choristers. The choir are frequent broadcasters on television, Radio 3 and Classic FM and have released a further three discs - Sing Alleluia, Christmas from Rochester and, most recently, A Year at Rochester - to add to their already extensive discography.  The choir have toured widely and in the last few years have twice been guests of the Victoria International Arts Festival in Malta and have also taken part in the Internationale Chorbiennale, Aachen, Germany. Recent concerts have seen the choir join forces with English Touring Opera, London Concertante and James Taylor Quartet, most notably in the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

As a soloist, Scott has recorded discs on the organs at St. Edmundsbury, Ely and most recently at Newcastle. Recent solo recitals have taken Scott all around the North East of England and a recital tour to Sweden, and have also included Liverpool Cathedral, Hull City Hall, St. Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.

 

James Norrey (Assistant Director of Music and Accompanist)

 

James NorreyJames Norrey received his musical training at Chetham's School of Music studying organ with Christopher Stokes, Organist and Master of the Choristers of Manchester Cathedral, and at Trinity College of Music studying with William Whitehead.

James has held organ scholarships at Canterbury and Chelmsford Cathedrals, and in 2010 was appointed Assistant Organist of Llandaff Cathedral where he accompanied the Cathedral Choir in their Opus Dei and trained the Probationary Choristers. He also recorded the first choral CD recording with the new Nicholson of Malvern organ titled Majestas and played for Her Majesty the Queen in a service of celebration for her Diamond Jubilee. In 2012 James was appointed Assistant Director of Music at Newcastle Cathedral and Director of Campus Music at Northumbria University.

As a recitalist, James has performed throughout the country, at many of the major British cathedrals, including Liverpool Anglican, Gloucester, St Paul’s and Westminster.

James is currently Assistant Sub-Organist at Rochester Cathedral and Organist of King's School, Rochester, posts he took up in January 2016. James accompanies the Cathedral Choirs in their Opus Dei and plays for the King’s School services as well as teaching piano and organ. He is also Assistant Director of Music at St Mary-at-Hill in the city of London and a member of Seraphim, a music ensemble made up of professional singers for which James accompanies.

 

 

 

 

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