People

Here is a series of interviews with people connected with the Moot Hall Organ: organists who have performed on the organ, composers who have written music for it, and those involved with its restoration and maintenance.

Colin Nicholson, July 2019

Colin Nicholson has been a leading figure in Colchester’s musical scene over several decades as an organist, conductor and composer. After serving as Director of Music at St Botolph’s Church for over sixty years, Colin finally retired in 2018.

Alan Bullard, March 2019

Distinguished Colchester-based composer Alan Bullard discusses composing for organ and the role of the Moot Hall Organ in the musical life of Colchester.

Gillian Ward Russell, October 2016

We interviewed popular organ recitalist Gillian Ward Russell in advance of her Moot Hall appearance in November 2016. Dr Ward Russell served for 30 years as President of the Essex Organists’ Association.

Hon Borough Organist Ian Ray, September 2016

Hon Borough Organist Ian Ray shares his memories of the Moot Hall Organ, thoughts about the role of a Borough Organist, town hall repertoire and the musical life of the Moot Hall.

Peter Crompton, July 2016

We interviewed Peter Crompton, Organist Emeritus of the Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, about his experience of the Moot Hall Organ and issues around organs in education.

Ashley Grote, June 2016

For the first in our series of interviews with organists who have played at the Moot Hall, we asked Ashley Grote about his musical connections with Colchester, thoughts about music at the Moot Hall, cathedral music and advice for young organists. Ashley is Master of Music at Norwich Cathedral and a Patron of Friends of the Moot Hall Organ.