Photo courtesy of Iain MacLeod-Jones
Jeremy Cole took up the post of assistant organist at Wells Cathedral in September 2017, where he accompanies the world-renowned cathedral choir in the daily services, and assists with training the choristers. He is also accompanist to the Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society. He was previously assistant director of music at 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 artistic director of Illuminare Choir, a professional ensemble which he founded in 2012 and which has performed to great acclaim in venues across London. The choir has championed new music and recently commissioned and performed the premiere of The Temptations of Christ, a substantial contemporary cantata written by Barnaby Martin for two choirs, soloists, tubular bells and organ.
Jeremy was organ scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge, and graduated with a degree in music in July 2013. His role in the college chapel involved regularly conducting and accompanying the choir in their routine of rehearsals and services, as well as their busy concert and recording schedule. In 2011 he played the organ on Trinity College Choir’s Gramophone Award-winning disc of the music of Herbert Howells, and features as accompanist and organ soloist on their recently released recording of the music of Kenneth Leighton on the Hyperion label.
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.