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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 & Organist 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, BBC Radio 3 and 4 and Classic FM and since October have enjoyed the benefits of Deputy Head Chorister, Edward Hyde being awarded the BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year.

Since 2008 they have released five discs, Sing Alleluia, Christmas from Rochester, A Year at Rochester, Their name liveth for evermore and The Rochester Mass with the James Taylor Quartet, a true crossover between the worlds of cathedral & acid jazz, with a further disc of favourite anthems due out for Christmas. The choir have toured widely and in the last few years have twice been guests of the Victoria International Arts Festival in Malta, have also taken part in the Internationale Chorbiennale, Aachen, Germany and most recently visited Holland. Recent concerts have seen the choir join forces with English Touring Opera, London Concertante, The King’s Singers, The Sixteen and most notably, James Taylor Quartet in the Queen Elizabeth Hall & Ronnie Scott’s.

As a solo organist, Scott has recorded discs on the organs at St Edmundsbury, Ely and Newcastle and has just recorded a further disc at Rochester. Solo recitals have taken Scott to Sweden, 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 very active with the Royal School of Church Music having founded their Residentiary Choir and now as Director of RSCM Voices South. In March 2017 Scott was awarded an Associateship of the Royal School of Church Music in acknowledgement of his work at both Newcastle and Rochester Cathedrals 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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