Organ recital: Ashley Grote (Master of Music, Norwich Cathedral), 1pm, 9 November 2021

A welcome return from one of our favourite recitalists!

No advance booking necessary; entry is free with retiring collection.

Programme

Fantasia and Toccata in D minor – Charles Villiers Stanford (1852 – 1924)

Elegy – George Thalben-Ball (1896 – 1987)

Prelude and Fugue ‘The Spitfire’ – William Walton (1902 – 83) arr Tom Winpenny

‘Nimrod’ from Enigma Variations – Edward Elgar (1857 – 1934) arr. William Harris

Fantasia on British Sea Songs – Henry Wood (1869 – 1944) arr. Harold Jackson

Ashley Grote has held the post of Master of the Music at Norwich Cathedral since 2012. He is responsible for the running of the music department, directing the boys and girls choirs in the busy programme of choral services, concerts, broadcasts and recordings. He also directs Norwich Cathedral Chamber Choir alongside period instrument ensemble Norwich Baroque.

Ashley was both a chorister (1990-95) and an organ scholar (2001-04) at Kings College, Cambridge under the late Sir Stephen Cleobury whose influence did so much to shape Ashley’s musical development. 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 (2004-05), Assistant Organist of Westminster Abbey (2005-08) and Assistant Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral (2008-12). Ashley has also been involved in the Edington Music Festival of Music within the Liturgy, first as Organist (2007-09) and then Festival Director (2010 –S12).

Ashley studied the organ with David Goode and Nicolas Kynaston. As a recitalist he has performed throughout the UK, USA and Europe with recent concerts in Italy, Germany, Finland and Sweden. During the COVID 19 pandemic,
his regular online recitals from Norwich Cathedral have attracted many listeners from around the world. Ashley’s first solo disc, of organ symphonies by Louis Vierne, was described by Gramophone magazine as a ‘top-notch recording’, and his recording of popular organ works from Norwich Cathedral is heard frequently on Classic FM. His most recent recording, of major organ works by J.S. Bach from Selby Abbey, was released in December 2019 to critical acclaim. Ashley has performed alongside the BBC Singers in recording and broadcast projects, most recently in a live radio broadcast of Messiaen’s solo Christmas cycle for organ, ‘La Nativite du Seigneur’ in December 2020. As a composer and arranger of organ and choral works, his work has been published by Oxford University Press, Stainer and Bell, and Encore publications.

Away from music, and thanks to the generosity of many friends and supporters, Ashley has raised over £107,000 by running six London Marathons for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital where his daughter has been treated since 2014 – see www.justgiving.com/fundraising/teamemilygrote2021 for further details. A keen cook, he also appeared in the 2018 series of BBC MasterChef.