Wednesday 3rd September 2014, 7:00pm
Assistant Organist, Southwark Cathedral
Stephen Disley studied organ at Liverpool Cathedral before winning a joint Foundation Scholarship to the Royal College of Music and London's Temple Church, studying with Dr John Birch. He won many prizes and awards, studied further under Daniel Roth at Saint-Sulpice in Paris and has performed in prestigious masterclasses.
As a recitalist and accompanist he has played at Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral and St. Paul's Cathedral, the Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall, King's College, Cambridge and at festivals at Salisbury, Peterborough, Lichfield, the City of London and the International Organ Festival at St Albans. He has performed and broadcast with ensembles such as the BBC Singers (including a disc of selected anthems commissioned by the Musicians Benevolent Fund), the Holst Singers, the Finzi Singers, Onyx Brass and the Budapest Radio Choir, working with conductors such as, Paul Brough, Andrew Carwood, Nicholas Cleobury, Ronald Corp and Stephen Cleobury and David Hill. Performances include Poulenc's Organ Concerto with the London Mozart Players, Janacek's Glagolitic Mass in the Montepulciano Festival, Italy, and a Gala Organ Concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra celebrating the Great Organ of the Royal Albert Hall. At the Royal Albert Hall last year, Stephen was invited to accompany the choristers of King's College, Cambridge conducted by Stephen Cleobury, at a concert celebrating Sir David Willcocks 90th birthday.
Stephen is Sub-Organist at Southwark Cathedral and Founding Director of its Girls' Choir. Under his direction, the Girls' Choir has undertaken tours to Bergen, Rouen, the Czech Republic and Rome, and has performed on two recordings to excellent reviews, most recently on a CD of Hymns on the Herald label. The choristers (both the Boys' and Girls' Choirs) participated in a performance of Bach's St Matthew's Passion with the English Consort and Trevor Pinnock at the Proms, and sang in the Easter Day Eucharist, which was broadcast in 2009 'live on BBC1' from Southwark Cathedral.
As an organist Stephen has toured the USA and many parts of Europe with the Cathedral Choir, and has featured on broadcasts and recordings. He has appeared with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus in concerts and recordings, including the world premiere of Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio conducted by Carl Davis, Herbert Howells' English Mass, Hymnus Paradisi and Elgar's Dream of Gerontius conducted by Vernon Handley, and Suk's symphonic poem Praga under Libor Pesek. In May 2008 Stephen appeared alongside Cantabile and Josh Groban in the Tim Rice/ABBA musical Chess in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall; this extraordinary event was recently released on DVD by Warner Brothers. He has also performed and recorded premieres of music by Peter Maxwell Davis, Judith Bingham, Bob Chilcott, Gabriel Jackson, Tarick O'Regan and others. Stephen and has been involved with the John Armitage Memorial Trust (JAM) since 2008.
Stephen is an instrumental tutor at the City of London School and a former council member of Friends of Cathedral Music.
Further details can be obtained from www.stephendisley.org