The 2021 Organ Recital Series sees the cathedral welcome first-rate organists to play Truro’s acclaimed Father Willis Organ. The guest organist will be Joseph Wicks.
The series runs from July to October and each recital lasts around 45 minutes.
Each lunchtime concert is completely free to attend, the cathedral only asks that if you are able, you consider making a donation – the income generated by the generosity of both the audience and artists (who play for free) directly supports music at the cathedral and the ability to continue to offer such community events.
Norman Cocker (1889 - 1953)
Five Short Pieces
Percy Whitlock (1903 - 1946)
Passacaglia & Fugue Healey Willan (1880 - 1968)
Born in 1993, Joseph Wicks is a prize-winning organist, conductor and tenor. His principle work as a singer is with vocal ensemble The Gesualdo Six, of which he is the founding first tenor. Before pursuing his freelance career further afield, Joseph spent two years as Assistant Director of Music at Truro Cathedral. He appears with the cathedral choir on a CD of choral & organ music by Dobrinka Tabakova for Regent Records and accompanied them on three broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 including a live concert broadcast of Duruflé’s Requiem, as well as for their appearance in ITV’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’.
He was also Musical Director of St Mary's Singers with whom he conducted performances of Bach's Magnificat & St John Passion, Finzi’s In Terra Pax, and Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols. Prior to this Joseph was Assistant Organist of St John’s College, Cambridge, having been its Herbert Howells Organ Scholar. Whilst at St John’s, Joseph accompanied the world-famous College Choir in services, on broadcasts and tours to
countries across the world. Joseph appears on four CDs for Signum Classics as accompanist to the choir including works by Kodály, Vaughan Williams, and various live radio broadcast performances for BBC Radio 3. Joseph was also Musical Director of the Gentlemen of St John’s with whom he recorded a CD of Christmas music.
Joseph is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and a recipient of the Limpus prize. He has given recitals across the UK and notably in St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral and King's College Cambridge.
He founded the chamber choir The Beaufort Singers in 2016 with whom he also founded the Boxgrove Choral Festival. The first ever online series is currently premiering on OnJam, with tickets available to watch on demand: