Join us at 1pm on Tuesday 9th October 2018 for a recital by Ashley Grote (Norwich Cathedral). Free entry, retiring collection.
Pièce héroïque – César Franck (1822-1890)
Prelude and Fugue in B minor BWV 544 – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Fantasia and Fugue in G – Charles Hubert Hastings-Parry (1848-1918)
Capriccio – John Ireland (1879-1962)
Elegy – George Thalben-Ball (1896-1967)
Marche héroïque – Herbert Brewer (1865-1928)
This concert is jointly supported by Mike and Gilian Vernon and by Derek and Rosanne Lorkin
ASHLEY GROTE has held the post of Master of the Music at Norwich Cathedral since September 2012. He is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Cathedral music department, directing the boys’ and girls’ choirs in their busy programme of choral services, concerts, broadcasts, tours and recordings. He also directs the Cathedral Chamber choir who perform frequent concerts alongside period instrument ensemble Norwich Baroque.
Ashley was a chorister at King’s College, Cambridge (1990-1995) and returned there as organ scholar 2001-2004. As organ scholar at King’s, he performed internationally with the world-famous choir and accompanied numerous recordings radio and television broadcasts including the annual ‘Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols’. Ashley has subsequently held posts as Organist-in-residence at Tonbridge School (2004-2005), Assistant Organist of Westminster Abbey (2005-2008) and Assistant Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral (2008-2012). Ashley has also been involved in the Edington Music Festival of Music within the Liturgy, first as Organist (2007-2009) and then Festival Director (2010-2012).
Ashley studied the organ with David Goode and Nicolas Kynaston. Much in demand as a recitalist, he has performed throughout the UK, USA and Europe with recent concerts in Italy, Germany, Finland and Sweden. His first solo disc, of organ symphonies by Louis Vierne, was described by Gramophone magazine as a ‘top-notch recording’, and his more recent recording of popular organ works from Norwich Cathedral has been frequently on BBC Radio 2 and Classic FM. As a composer and arranger of organ and choral works, he has been published by Oxford University Press, Stainer and Bell, and Encore publications.
Away from music, Ashley has raised in excess of £75,000 for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, following his daughter’s treatment there, by running the London marathon for four consecutive years. He is also a keen cook, having appeared on the 2018 series of BBC’s ‘MasterChef’. Ashley grew up in Colchester and is honoured to be a Patron of the Friends of the Moot Hall Organ.