Organ recital: Hilary Punnett (Assistant Organist, Chelmsford Cathedral), 1pm, 8 March 2022

Making her first appearance at the Moot Hall, Hilary Punnett is a cathedral organist with a wide range of experience around Canada and the UK. No advance booking necessary; entry is free with retiring collection.


Fantasia in G major (‘Pièce d’Orgue’) – J.S. Bach (1685 – 1750)

O Traurigkeit, O Herzelied – Ethyl Smyth (1858 – 1944)

In Quiet Mood – Florence Price (1887 – 1953)

Chorale No 3 in A minor – César Franck (1822 – 1890)

Rockingham – Kenneth Leighton (1929 – 1988)

Fiat Lux – Théodore Dubois (1837 – 1924)

Hilary Punnett is Assistant Organist and Director of the Girls’ Choir at Chelmsford Cathedral. A native of Canada, Hilary completed her M.Mus. in Organ Performance at McGill University under the tutelage of John Grew and William Porter, and was awarded the W.Douglas Clark Memorial prize and the Douglad Mackey prize for her studies. During her time at McGill, Hilary worked as Assistant Organist at Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal. In 2011 she moved to England, spending two years at Southwell Minster as Organ Scholar, where in 2012, she was also Director of the Minster Girls’ Choir. She then moved on to become the inaugural Travis Organ Fellow at All Saints’ Church Northampton, where she accompanied the boys, girls and choral scholars in their 7 weekly services.

From 2014-2019 Hilary worked at Lincoln Cathedral as Assistant Organist where she regularly accompanied and conducted the Cathedral Choir, trained the probationer choristers and was the Director of the Lincoln Cathedral Consort.

Outside her work at Chelmsford Cathedral, Hilary is an accompanist, singer, teacher, organ recitalist and choral conductor. She has appeared on several CD recordings both as a singer and organist, including Southwell’s acclaimed recording of the Cavaille-Coll organs in Sees Cathedral. She is also RSCM Area Team Leader for Essex and East London.