Organ recital: James Davy, Tuesday 10 July 2018

1pm, Tuesday 10 July 2018 in the Moot Hall, admission free with retiring collection.

‘SOMETHING BORROWED’ – James Davy (Chelmsford Cathedral)

Marche Militaire in D, Op.51 no1 (arr. James Davy) – Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Mozart Changes Zsolt Gardony (b.1946)

Canzona (from Sonata for Organ in C minor) – Percy Whitlock (1903-1946)

Prelude and Fugue in C minor BWV 546 J.S.Bach (1685-1750)

CantabileCesar Franck (1822-1890)

Finale (from Symphony no 1, Op 14) – Louis Vierne (1870-1890)

James Davy  is Organist and Master of the Choristers at Chelmsford Cathedral. A charismatic and versatile all-round musician with a wide range of experience as an accompanist, soloist, choir trainer and conductor, James was organ scholar of Portsmouth, Durham, & St Albans Cathedrals and University College Durham, and Assistant Organist at Winchester College; he then spent six years as Assistant Director of Music at Blackburn Cathedral, where he twice acted as Director of Music and was also Music Director of Blackburn Music Society.

In addition to a full schedule of daily choral services, the life of Chelmsford Cathedral includes an ambitious musical programme, for which James is responsible. In 2014 he worked with Mark Wigglesworth as chorus master for the Cathedral choristers on Neil Bartlett’s production of Owen Wingrave for the Aldeburgh and Edinburgh Festivals and in 2017 with Ryan Wigglesworth on a new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Netia Jones for the Aldeburgh Festival.

Other recent highlights include singing at the Festival of Sons and Friends of the Clergy at St Paul’s Cathedral, a commemoration of the Gallipoli campaign at the Cenotaph in Whitehall in the presence of the HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh broadcast live on BBC 1, concerts with The Kings Singers, The Band of HM Royal Marines and two Choral Evensongs broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

James is also musical director of the Chelmsford Singers with whom he pursues a varied schedule of concerts. In addition to his conducting work, James is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, and continues to perform in recitals around the UK. James has extensive broadcast and recording experience, having appeared numerous times on Radios 2,3 & 4, BBC1 and ITV, and has a number of commercial recordings to his credit. He is an experienced composer and arranger, whose works have been performed across Europe and the USA, winning the Choir & Organ composition competition in 2010. His music is published by Novello and OUP. In his spare time, James is a keen equestrian.