Steven Grahl – Director of Music
Steven Grahl took up the post of Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral in September 2014. Prior to this, he spent seven years as Assistant Organist at New College, Oxford, accompanying the chapel choir in services, concerts, broadcasts, webcasts and recordings. In conjunction with this post, he held the position of Organist & Director of Music at St Marylebone Parish Church, London, from 2001, where he directed the professional choir, and was custodian of the 1987 Rieger Organ. Steven was appointed Principal Conductor of the Guildford Chamber Choir in 2006.
A prize-winning graduate of Magdalen College, Oxford, and the Royal Academy of Music, Steven gained the Limpus (highest mark) and Dixon (improvisation) prizes in his FRCO examination, and is also a holder of the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Silver Medallion. In 2010, Steven was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM), an award offered to past students of the Academy who have distinguished themselves in the music profession and made a significant contribution to it in their particular field. As a member of the Oxford University Faculty of Music, Steven has twice held stipendiary lectureships in music at New College and is much in demand as an organ and conducting tutor. He is currently a Junior Fellow in Choral Direction at Birmingham Conservatoire, and until recently held the post of Chairman of the Association of Assistant Cathedral Organists. Steven was an interpretation finalist in the International Organ Competitions at St Albans (UK) in 2011, and in Dudelange (Luxembourg) in 2013.
David Humphreys - Assistant Director of Music
David Humphreys is Assistant Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral, where his duties include accompanying and directing the Cathedral Choir on a daily basis. He has held the post since moving from a similar role at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in October 2011, a time that has included two terms as Acting Director of Music, when he was responsible for the Cathedral’s entire music programme, including all the provision for choral services.
David is increasingly in demand as a recitalist, recently playing at venues including Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedrals. His most recent solo CD, from Peterborough Cathedral on the Regent label, was released in mid-March to critical acclaim; Gramophone hailing it as “a disc full of delights”, with “about as compelling a case for the Fantasia and Fugue in G by Parry as it has ever received on disc.” Alongside his solo work, David has played continuo for groups such as the Britten Sinfonia, Saraband Consort and Charivari Agréable, and taught for the University of Cambridge and Oundle for Organists.
David studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the University of Cambridge, where he read music. He held organ scholarships at All Saints, Margaret Street, St Albans Abbey and Jesus College, Cambridge, during which time, whilst an undergraduate, he was made a fellow of the Royal College of Organists. He has made numerous appearances on BBC radio and television, accompanying and directing choirs live on BBC Radio 3, and toured widely across Europe. He has played for a number of royal engagements, including, whilst at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, the Office for the Royal Maundy in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen.
James Bowstead - Organ Scholar
As Organ Scholar James Bowstead plays for some of the daily Cathedral services and contributes to the training and rehearsal of the boy and girl choristers, in particular the probationers.
He was educated at Colchester Royal Grammar School and Jesus College, Oxford, where he was the Senior Organ Scholar, responsible for directing the voluntary choir, with whom he toured to Cologne, Bratislava, Vienna, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Whilst at Oxford he studied organ with Steven Grahl and choral conducting with Paul Spicer. He graduated in 2015, following which he spent a year as Organist in Residence at Pangbourne College in Berkshire and Organ Scholar at All Saints Church, Fulham.
In Summer 2014 he gained his ARCO (Associateship of the Royal College of Organists), winning the Limpus Prize, Frederick Shinn Prize and Durrant Prize for the highest mark in the practical examination. He has given recitals at Jesus and Exeter Colleges, Oxford, at the 2015 Three Choirs Festival in Hereford, and as part of the inaugural recital series on the newly-restored organ at the Moot Hall in Colchester. He is also a composer and arranger, having had works recorded by the Choir of Jesus College, Oxford for Regent and published by Novello.
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