The Grand Organ at Christ Church Cathedral has been described as the most significant new Irish cathedral organ in history.
It has gained an impressive international reputation particularly through its central role in the Dublin International Choral and Organ Festival.
The organ was commissioned to complement the major restoration of the building, completed in 1982. It was designed and installed in 1984 by Kenneth Jones and Associates of Bray, county Wicklow, Ireland.
The organ’s flexibility and comprehensive specification enable the performance of a wide range of repertoire as well as the fulfilment of an active role within the cathedral liturgy.
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Tom began his early musical education as a chorister at York Minster and a music scholar at Ampleforth College. Not knowing whether to pursue a career as an organist or singer, he decided to do both. After a year studying at the regional conservatoire in Angers, Tom moved to Truro Cathedral, first as a choral scholar and then as Organ Scholar.
In 2006, Tom won a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music, London. He received tuition from some of the finest organists including Margaret Philips, Dame Gillian Weir and Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin (St Sulpice, Paris). Alongside his studies, he held positions at several London churches including King’s College London and Southwark Cathedral.
For the last nine years, Tom enjoyed a busy freelance career in London whilst holding the positions of Assistant Director of Music at Croydon Minster, Organ Tutor at The London Oratory School and Visiting Specialist to Whitgift School. As an organist, Tom has performed at major concert halls and cathedrals across the UK including the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall. He has featured on numerous recordings and also broadcasts for BBC TV and Radio. Tom is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.
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James began organ lessons at St Leonard’s, Hythe, where he was Organ
Scholar and a chorister. He later received tuition from David Newsholme at
Canterbury Cathedral. In 2017, he won the Parry Wood Organ Scholarship at Exeter College, Oxford, where he read for a degree in Music and directed the renowned mixed-voice student chapel choir. During this time, James led the choir on tours to Estonia and Croatia, as well as in concert across the UK and studied organ with William Whitehead and Christian Wilson. He features as organist on the choir’s acclaimed 2018 recording ‘Mater Mundi’, which focused on little-known repertoire from Eastern Europe and the Baltic States.
Upon graduating, James moved to Florence where he was appointed as
Organist in Residence at St Mark’s English Church. In 2021, James assumed the role of Director of Music and was responsible for the choir and the musical life of the chaplaincy.
James is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.
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