First anniversary recital by Ashley Grote, 26 May 2016

The Trustees of The Friends of the Moot Hall Organ are delighted to announce a recital by Ashley Grote, Master of Music at Norwich Cathedral, to celebrate the first anniversary of the restoration of the organ. It will take place at 7pm on Thursday 26th May 2016 at 7pm at The Town Hall, High Street, Colchester CO1 1PJ look at here now.

Tickets are £15 each (£10 for members of The Friends of the Moot Hall Organ), and can be ordered via the booking form in the concert leaflet downloadable here.

Our celebratory Concert will include works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach and Felix Mendelssohn and arrangements for the organ of ‘Chanson du Matin’ by Edward Elgar and ‘Crown Imperial’ by Henry Walton. We will also hear a ‘Prelude’ written by Ashley himself and the evening will conclude fittingly with the ‘Carillon de Westminster’ by Louis Vierne.

There will be a cash bar available before the recital from 6.30pm and during the interval.

Ashley Grote has held the post of Master of Music at Norwich Cathedral since September 2012. He is responsible for the management of the Cathedral music department, directing the boys’ and girls’ choirs and is also conductor of Norwich Cathedral Chamber Choir. He has given two fund-raising recitals for ‘The Friends’ in recent years.

Born in Colchester in 1982, Ashley developed an early love of music through his involvement at both Eld Lane Baptist Church and the Saturday morning music school at Colchester Institute. With his roots in Colchester, and his family still living in the town, he says it is a great joy and honour for him to be one of our Patrons!

He went on to be a chorister at King’s College, Cambridge, 1990-95, returning in 2001-04 as organ scholar, when he performed internationally with the world famous choir and accompanied numerous recordings, radio and television broadcast including the annual ‘Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols’. He subsequently held posts as organist-in-residence at Tonbridge School (2004-05), Assistant Organist of Westminster Abbey (2005-08) and Assistant Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral (2008-12).

Ashley is in demand as an organ soloist, having studied with Nicolas Kyaston since 2002. He has performed throughout the UK, USA and Europe with recent concerts in Italy, Germany and Sweden. His first solo recording, of organ symphonies by Louis Vierne, was released in June 2012 and was described by Gramophone magazine as a ‘top-notch recording’. A new recording of organ favourites from Norwich Cathedral was released this autumn by Priory Records.

Forthcoming engagements include performances at King’s College, Cambridge; Winchester, Gloucester and Helsinki Cathedrals and Edington Priory. Plus a new disc of English Anthems with Norwich Cathedral choir and tours to Germany and Italy with the boy and girl choristers respectively.