Organ Recital - James Tett

This Organ Recital will be given by James Tett (Royal College of Music: Oundle Award). James is a nineteen year old British organist and violinist studying for a Bachelor of Music as an RCM Scholar at the Royal College of Music with David Graham and Ani Schnarch. 2019 has seen James give organ recitals at Bristol Cathedral, the Royal Hospital School Holbrook (with The Organ Club), Christ Church Chelsea and St Clement Danes Church. Last year James participated in masterclasses with Thomas Trotter and Daniel Moult and gave organ recitals at St Margaret’s Westminster, St Laurence Upminster and Winchester Cathedral. James is a regular at ‘Oundle for Organists’ and won recital award opportunities for his performance in both the 2017 and 2018 summer schools, including this recital at Truro Cathedral. The next of these is at St George’s Windsor in 2020.

James was a music scholar at Westminster School and as a school organist regularly played for school services including in Westminster Abbey. James was the organist for the 2017 school performance of Saint Saens’ ‘Organ’ Symphony No. 3 in C minor at St John’s Smith Square (2017). Forthcoming engagements include recitals at Brentwood Cathedral (September) and with the Alton Organ Club (October).

As a violinist, James was a student at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and during that time won the prestigious Angela Bull Memorial Prize 2018. James won the Westminster Young Musician of the Year (WMOTY) competition 2018 and this year has won prizes at both the Sevenoaks Young Musician and Rickmansworth Young Musician Competitions. James is a former member of both the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and National Children’s Orchestras.


Sonata no 4 in Bb Major Opus 65
I Allegro con brio
II Andante religioso
III Allegretto
IV Allegro maestoso e vivace
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Sonata No. 6 in Eb minor Opus 119
II Intermezzo
Rheinberger (1839-1901)

Prelude and Fugue in A minor
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)

Chorale Preludes Opus 122
No.10 Herzlich tut mir verlangen in A minor
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Symphony No. 2 in E minor Opus 20
I Allegro
Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

Truro Cathedral has one of the finest organs in the country. Built by Father Willis specifically to fit the acoustic 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.