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JEREMY COLE
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ACTING ORGANIST & MASTER OF THE CHORISTERS

Jeremy Cole was organ scholar at Trinity College from 2010-2013, where he studied the organ with Colin Walsh, Stephen Farr, and David Briggs, and conducting with Stephen Layton. He was closely involved in the world-famous choir’s routine of services and concerts, and features on several of their recordings on the Hyperion label.

Jeremy has held positions at St Paul’s Knightsbridge and St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square, where he was the principal organist, playing for all regular and special services, as well as concerts and special events, in one of London’s busiest churches and concert venues. He combined this role with a busy freelance career as an organist, conductor and piano accompanist. While in London he was assistant conductor and accompanist of the Holst Singers, and worked regularly with leading choirs such as Polyphony and the City of London Choir. He is in demand and as a repetiteur for solo singers and instrumentalists and as a continuo player.

Jeremy is currently Acting Organist and Master of the Choristers at Wells Cathedral, having been Assistant Organist since 2017. He is responsible for the Cathedral Choir’s busy schedule of nine sung services each week, as well as its broadcasts, concerts and tours. He is also the Musical Director of the Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society, and a visiting organ teacher at Wells Cathedral School.

 
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temporary assistant organist

James began his organ studies with Huw Tregelles Williams OBE before graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Bristol, where he studied the organ with Dr David Ponsford. Following this, he studied a Master of Arts in Organ Performance at the Royal Academy of Music in 2009, where his principal organ teacher was Nicolas Kynaston. During his time at the Academy, James gained the Fellowship Diploma of the Royal College of Organists as well as the Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music teaching diploma, and was Organ Scholar at St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street. He was also the recipient of several Academy prizes including the Eric Thiman Organ Prize for solo organ, open to all RAM organ students. He was also chosen to play the organ for a visit by Elton John to the Academy.

As a solo recitalist, James has played in many of the UK’s most prestigious venues including St Paul’s, Westminster Cathedral, The Temple Church, St Bride’s, and Bath Abbey, as well as across Europe including France, Denmark, Sweden, and Germany. Recent performances have included Bach’s Six Trio Sonatas in a concert where James collaborated with the organ virtuoso Dame Gillian Weir, as well as recitals at Westminster Cathedral and St Martin-in-the-Fields, and a further collaboration with trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins as part of the Clifton International Festival of Music.

James previously held the position of Assistant Organist at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, London, and currently studies the organ with Dame Gillian Weir.

 
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david stevens
sub-assistant organist

David Stevens is the Sub-Assistant Organist at the Cathedral, and assists with all aspects of the department’s activities. Before coming to Wells, David was the Organist and Master of the Choristers at Belfast Cathedral. During his time in Belfast, the Cathedral Choir broadcast on BBC TV (including a performance on Songs of Praise), UTV, BBC Radio, and Radio Ulster, sang in concerts with the Ulster Orchestra and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, performed on-stage with NI Opera, and recorded a CD of new music for Christmas. He has also held positions in the Cathedrals in Newcastle and Guildford. David gives recitals throughout the UK, and also works as an orchestral keyboard player; he has played organ, harpsichord and harmonium for concerts, broadcasts, and recordings with the Ulster Orchestra.

David was the Organ Scholar at Oriel College, Oxford, studying the organ with Kevin Bowyer and David Sanger, and then studied Choral Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Patrick Russill, from where he graduated with an MA with Distinction and the Irene Burcher Prize. In 2016 he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music for a ‘significant contribution to the music profession’.