New Assistant Organist Announced!
Wells Cathedral is delighted to be welcoming a new Assistant Organist to its Music Foundation following the appointment of Jeremy Cole. Jeremy, who is currently the Assistant Director of Music at St-Martin-in-the-Fields, London will take up the post in September 2017.*
Matthew Owens (Organist and Master of the Choristers, Wells Cathedral) said “I am thrilled that Jeremy Cole will be joining us as Assistant Organist. He comes to us with glowing recommendations from those with whom he has worked, and with a great deal of experience of working at a very high level as an organist, choir trainer, and conductor. I know that the whole Cathedral choir will make him feel most welcome upon his arrival.”
Jeremy said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Wells Cathedral as Assistant Organist, and to be moving to such a beautiful city. I am very much looking forward to working with Matthew Owens and the superb Cathedral choir, as well as the clergy, staff, and volunteers that make up the Cathedral community.”
Jeremy Cole is currently assistant director of music at St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square, where he is the principal organist and plays for all regular and special services, as well as broadcasts and concerts, in one of London’s busiest churches. He also oversees the music at St Stephen Walbrook in the City of London. Alongside these roles, Jeremy pursues a busy freelance career as a conductor, organist, and piano accompanist. He is assistant conductor of the Holst Singers, and is in demand as a repetiteur for choirs, solo singers and instrumentalists, and as a continuo player. He is artistic director of Illuminare Choir, a professional ensemble which he founded in 2012.
Jeremy is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and has studied the organ with Colin Walsh, Stephen Farr, and David Briggs, and conducting with Stephen Layton. He has an increasing profile as a recitalist, with recent engagements including London’s Temple Church, Westminster Abbey, and the cathedrals of Gloucester and Southwark.
Jeremy joins a team of organists at the Cathedral, which includes two organ scholars. Wells Cathedral choir was also hailed recently by an international jury from Gramophone Magazine as the greatest choir with children in the world, and the sixth greatest overall. It consists of 18 boy choristers, 18 girl choristers and 12 Vicars Choral (the men of the choir).
*appointment is subject to DBS referencing