Organ Recital - Benjamin Scott

This Organ Recital will be given by Benjamin Scott, Kent. Benjamin is as a freelance musician operating throughout the UK. Organ recitals have recently taken him to Exeter, Westminster, Liverpool and Canterbury; internationally he has given performances in Italy, Slovakia and France. Last year, he was appointed Director of Music at the Shrine of St Augustine, Ramsgate to establish and develop the music department immersed in Gregorian chant, choral & organ repertoire and improvisation. The majority of his students study organ, piano, singing and composition.

Consequently, Ben has coached members of the Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir and The Bach Choir in London. Other students have gone on to scholarships at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. During his training to become a teacher, he specialised his studies on vocal physiology and solfége. Accompanying ensembles has taken Ben to venues such as the Colyer-Ferguson Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall, several choir tours to English cathedrals (including Westminster Abbey) and BBC recordings. He also performs regularly for Canterbury Christ Church University as their ceremony musician and organist throughout the year. Previously, he served his alma mater as their Director of Chapel Music and Organ Scholar, graduating with the Performance Prize in 2014.

Recently starting up a small business tuning and repairing pipe organs, pianos and other keyboard instruments has proved a successful new venture. He’s looking forward to working on and expanding this side of his career. Downtime for Ben includes a love of cooking, gardening and walking. Residing in the idyllic village of Goodnestone with his partner Isa and their cats, Espresso and Pickles, makes the perfect compliment to the usual hustle and bustle!

Programme

Tuba Tune
N. Cocker

Erbam’ dich, o Herre Gott BWV 721
J.S. Bach

Clair de Lune (arr. O. Penin)
C. Debussy

Scherzo
E. Bossi

Prelude and Trumpetings
M. Roberts

Improvisation for Saint-Sulpice, Paris
D. Briggs

Organ Symphonie No 2, Final
C.M. Widor

Truro Cathedral has one of the finest organs in the country. Built by Father Willis specifically to fit the of the building, its range, depth and power are truly awe-inspiring. The weekly Friday lunchtime series runs from March to October and each recital lasts around 50 minutes. These are completely free to attend - donations to support the cathedral's music are appreciated.