Hidden within the walls of this ancient house of prayer is Ireland’s finest romantic organ – all 4,000 pipes of it! Come join us and listen as the Cathedral is filled with glorious sound whilst watching the performers on a giant screen in the nave. 4 concerts, 4 fabulous performers from home and abroad – 1 wondrous machine!
SUNDAY 7 OCTOBER ∙ 6.30pm
James Thomas, Director of Music Saint Edmundsbury Cathedral, UK
JAMES THOMAS has been St Edmundsbury Cathedral’s Director of Music (Organist and Master of the Choristers) since 1997. He oversees the provision of music for acts of worship at the Cathedral, recruits and trains the Cathedral Choir, the St Cecilia Chorale and the Colts Choir, and conducts the majority of the choral services.
Born in 1963, a date now in need of major revision, James had the enormously good fortune to read music as Organ Scholar at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, receiving tuition on the organ from Nicolas Kynaston. During this time he gained the FRCO, winning the Dixon prize for extemporisation. After graduating, he spent a year at Homerton College, then, armed with a PGCE, lived in France for two years, assisting Robert Weddle in the choral singing department of the Conservertoire in Caen, Normandie, and studying the organ in Rouen with Louis Thiry. He won the Premier Prix de Perféctionnement there in 1988. James returned to England in 1988 as Assistant Organist at Blackburn Cathedral (when David Leigh was Organ Scholar), and then moved to Chichester in 1991 as Assistant Organist at the Cathedral and Director of Music at the Prebendal School. Here he met the daughter of one of his music staff. Katharine and James were married in Chichester Cathedral in 1993. Katharine is herself an accomplished musician, having been Organ Scholar at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, reading Music. She sings, plays the violin and piano and teaches dozens of singing pupils each week. Katharine and James have three daughters (Charlotte, Eleanor and Harriet), a dog (Bertram Wilberforce) and two cats (Jeoffry and Jasper). Holidays in France are indispensable.
PROGRAMME TO FOLLOW
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