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Scott Farrell | James Norrey

 

Scott Farrell (Director of Music)

 

Scott Farrell

Scott Farrell is Director of Music & Organist of Rochester Cathedral, a post he has held since 2008.

Educated at Dover Grammar School for Boys, Scott took up the organ at the age of thirteen & by the age of sixteen had passed his Associateship of the Royal College of Organists. In 1989 Scott went up to Royal Holloway, University of London as Organ Scholar to read music. He then pursued post-graduate studies at the Institute of Education, University of London combining this with the post of Assistant Organist at St Paul's, Knightsbridge. 

In 1993, Scott took up the post of Assistant Director of Music at St Edmundsbury Cathedral & then in 1999 moved to Ely Cathedral as assistant to Paul Trepte. Whilst here, he undertook tours radio broadcasts and recordings with the choir alongside concert platform performances with the Britten Sinfonia & as Musical Director of Ely Choral Society. 

In 2002, the Cathedral Church of St Nicholas, Newcastle upon Tyne claimed Scott's services as Organist & Master of the Music. It was here that Scott formed a strong relationship with Regent Records, releasing three discs with the Cathedral Choir & a solo organ disc, Vol VIII in Regent's The English Cathedral Series to critical acclaim ("Nimble playing from Scott Farrell" BBC Radio 3 Record Review). Scott built the reputation of the choir such that they were invited back to the Radio 3 Choral Evensong schedule as well as to perform regularly with the Royal Northern Sinfonia alongside guest appearances with the Mediaeval Baebes & Fine Arts Brass. 

In 2008 a new chapter opened as Scott moved to Rochester, the second most ancient Cathedral in England, founded in 604 AD, where he is responsible for all music in the Cathedral. Under Scott's leadership, the choir have been regular broadcasters on BBC Radio 2,3 & 4 as well as Classic FM & appearances on television. 

Since 2008 the choir have released five discs, including three for Regent Records, including Sing Alleluia, Christmas from Rochester and A Year at Rochester, as well as The Rochester Mass with the James Taylor Quartet; a true crossover between the worlds of cathedral music & acid jazz. A further disc of favourite anthems is due for release on Regent. 

Under his direction, the choir have toured widely including participating in the Victoria International Arts Festival in Malta three times. They have also been invited to the Internationale Chorbiennale, Aachen, Germany to sing in performances of Britten's War Requiem and have enjoyed three Christmas tours to Germany & Holland. 

Recent concerts have seen the choir join forces with English Touring Opera, London Concertante, The King’s Singers, The Sixteen and, most unusually, the James Taylor Quartet in the Queen Elizabeth Hall & Ronnie Scott’s, the world-famous Jazz Club.

As a solo organist, Scott has recorded discs on the organs at St Edmundsbury, Ely and Newcastle and this is his first disc at Rochester. Solo recitals have taken Scott to Sweden, Malta and also Westminster Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Temple Church, and the Cathedrals of Liverpool, Canterbury, Chichester and St. Paul’s amongst others. 

Outside the Cathedral, Scott is Music Director of Rochester Choral Society and is very active with the Royal School of Church Music having founded their Residentiary Choir and now as Director of RSCM Voices South. In October 2017, Scott was awarded an Associateship of the Royal School of Church Music in acknowledgement of his work in cathedral music as well as for the RSCM.

 

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 been Assistant Sub-Organist at Rochester Cathedral and Organist of King’s School, Rochester since January 2016; he accompanies the Cathedral Choirs in their Opus Dei and plays for the King’s School services as well as teaching piano and organ. James is also a member of Seraphim, a London based music ensemble made up of professional singers for which James accompanies.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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