My present position is Organist and Director of Music of the Church of St. John the Evangelist, Edinburgh. I have worked in a variety of denominations and played a variety of organs including the impressive Baroque-inspired mechanical action organ in St. Mary's Parish Church, Haddington. I've also had the pleasure of leading the singing in some of this countries most beautiful buildings including Ripon and Durham cathedrals, and York Minster.
Over the years I have been responsible for playing much of the standard choral repertoire and leading the singing with a penchant for 'spirited' hymn accompaniment; I also endeavour to wed Voluntaries to the musical theme of the service. The Choir of St. John's CD, Sing the Seasons includes a new commission by Francis Grier, At the manger Mary Sings, which I had the pleasure of accompanying- you can hear this here.
I have given regular organ recitals, both at home and abroad including playing the fabulous 4-manual Rushworth & Dreaper in the Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling, the fiery Lewis organ in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow and giving a number of recitals as part of Edinburgh University's lunchtime series, which included a performance of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.
More recently, I have been invited to give two recitals on the
Grand Mulholland Organ in Belfast's Ulster Hall, the first of
which attracted a four-star review (click here to read the
programme and review. You can also hear sound files of
some of my performances here.) Recent recitals have
included the organ of the Cromwellian Holy Trinity Church
in Berwick-on-Tweed (an organ very similar in style to
St. John's), and on the fabulous restored 1892 Willis Organ
in the Old High Kirk, Inverness. (see picture on left.)
I have played organ with all the professional Scottish
orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra and the National Youth Choir
of Scotland in tours to France and Sweden, and have played
in the Decca recording of Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Edinburgh Festival Chorus, conducted by Paul Daniel. As an orchestral organist I am frequently called on to 'recreate' various orchestral scores in 'Come-and-Sing' events including the likes of Mozart's and Faure's Requiem and Handel's Messiah.