Organist

Organist

In September 2018, after almost 18 years of great music-making, I relinquished my position as Organist and Director of Music of the Church of St. John's in Edinburgh- the first time I'm without an appointment in a church for 30 years!- during which time I've worked in a several denominations and played a variety of organ designs 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 country's beautiful buildings including Ripon and Durham cathedrals, and York Minster.  I was also delighted to record  a CD with The Choir of St. John'sSing the Seasons, which included a new commission by Francis Grier, At the manger Mary Sings, which I had the pleasure of  accompanying- you can hear this and other performances by that fine choir here.

 

I am a regular organ recitalist, which dates back to my time as a student when I took part in Edinburgh University's lunchtime series, which included a performance of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. More recently, I have given two recitals on the Grand Mulholland Organ in Belfast's Ulster Hall, the first of which attracted a four-star review (you can hear sound files of some of my performances here.) During my time at St. John's, and partly to help advertise the organ on that place,  I gave a variety of recitals, not least as part of the Blow! concert series that I established to help raise funds for the organ. 

Further recitals have taken place on organ of the Cromwellian Holy Trinity Church in Berwick-on-Tweed, a very similar organ to St. John's (but with a mobile console!) which I've also played in accompanying concerts by choral societies in that church, most recently playing Bernstein's Chichester Psalms.  Invitations led to two recitals on the fabulous restored 1892 Willis Organ in the Old High Kirk, Inverness, most recently in the Autumn of 2019 (see picture and some recordings here.)  

As an orchestral organist I  have played organ with all the professional Scottish orchestras and the Ulster Orchestra, including their recent performance of Saint-Saens' famous 'Organ Symphony'. As an organ accompanist I toured France and Sweden with the National Youth Choir of Scotland in tours to France and Sweden, and  played on the Decca recording of Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Edinburgh Festival Chorus, conducted by Paul Daniel. 

© 2020 by STEPHEN DOUGHTY

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