Truro Cathedral Organist Chris Gray come to St Ives for a fantastic recital.
CHRISTOPHER GRAY is Director of Music at Truro Cathedral where he is responsible for the Cathedral Choir and its seven sung services each week. He has also been Music Director of Three Spires Singers since 2008, having previously conducted St Mary’s Singers, Cornwall Youth Choir, Cornwall Junior Choir, Richard Lander School’s Wilbye Choir and Truro School’s Senior Choir.
Christopher was appointed Assistant Director of Music at the Cathedral in September 2000 when he worked closely with Andrew Nethsingha and then Robert Sharpe. During this time, he appeared as organist with the Cathedral Choir in numerous live broadcasts for BBC radio and television as well as on eight CD recordings on the Regent, Lammas and Priory labels.
After his early musical education in his hometown of Bangor, Northern Ireland, Christopher became Assistant Organist at St George’s Parish Church, Belfast. At the age of 18 he moved to England to take up the organ scholarship at Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he read music. A Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, Christopher studied the organ with David Sanger and Nicolas Kynaston at Cambridge. He was subsequently taught by Margaret Phillips at the Royal College of Music, where he was a post-graduate student and a prize-winner. During this time he also held the organ scholarship at Guildford Cathedral, working with Stephen Farr and Geoffrey Morgan.
Under his direction, Truro Cathedral Choir has recorded its first DVD, featuring the Nine Lessons and Carols service devised for Truro by Bishop Benson in 1880. His recent CD recordings with the choir have won praise in the international classical press, with Gramophone ‘Editor’s Choice’ selections for several. He has directed the choir in recordings with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the City of London Sinfonia and the BBC Concert Orchestra.