St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Marc Murray – organ

Friday, 30 June at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Marc Murray – organ

G Handel arr. Henry Coleman

Overture to the Occasional Oratorio

Adagio - Allegro - Adagio espressivo - March

S Wesley

Voluntary and Fugue in D

Healey Willan

Passacaglia and Fugue no 2 in E minor

Malcolm Archer

Lancaster Suite

Duchy Fanfare and March

Pastorale - The Trough of Bowland

John O'Gaunt Gigue

Claire de 'Lune'

Centenary Toccata

Marc Murray was born and educated in Cape Town South Africa and moved to the United Kingdom in May 2010 to take up the post of Director of Music at St Botolph's Church (The Stump), Boston and was subsequently appointed Director of Music of Peterborough Opera and has also conducted both Peterborough Symphony Orchestra and Peterborough Gilbert and Sullivan Society.

He has worked with several Choral societies, including Boston Choral Society, Sleaford Choral Society and South Holland Singers and Boston Music Theatre group, winning several NODA awards. He has also worked with Lesley Garrett and Aled Jones at Boston Stump. Marc studied piano and organ at the University of Cape Town's College of Music and was a winner of the Leslie Arnold Award and the Metropolitan Methodist Church Organ Prize. He holds teaching and performing qualifications the University of South Africa, Trinity College of Music, London and the Royal College of Organists (Associate and Choral Directing Diplomas).

Besides holding major church positions, he spent close to ten years working on the South African Schools Choral Eisteddfod, which is one of the school enrichment programmes co-ordinated by the Department of Education to promote choral singing as a national identity. During this period, he was Assistant and Acting Chorus Master of Cape Town Opera (CTO). Previously he taught its Choral Training Programme, established for talented but disadvantaged young singers in the nearby townships. He was often invited back to work with the chorus and act as répétiteur and accompanist, including work on their 2006 best-selling CD of Opera Choruses and concert tours of Sweden and Central Africa. Marc presently continues to occasionally engage with Professor Alison Pearce (previously head of singing at The Royal Academy of Music) in the delivery of singing masterclasses. Previous masterclasses have taken place in Italy, Stapleford Granary, Cambridge Summer School, Grimsby and annual classes in Boston, and is now preparing for a similar week-long course at Jesus College, Cambridge.

In 2001 he formed the Magnificats Chamber Choir in Cape Town and they performed to great acclaim in the city and further afield. Besides their busy concert schedule, they often sang in services at St George's Cathedral and St Mary's Cathedral in the city. In the UK, he has collaborated with several groups on various projects using the resources of local choirs and musicians, including preparing St Botolphs' Singers in a programme of music by Patrick Hawes, conducted by the composer. The choirs of Boston Stump have recorded several Christmas Day Carol Services for BBC Radio Lincolnshire under Marc's direction. Other programmes include the Peterborough Watercity Project.

As an organist, he has given recitals and played in concerts throughout South Africa, the USA, Germany, Sweden, and the UK, including solo recitals in Westminster Abbey, St Paul's, Newcastle, Chester, Blackburn and Bradford Cathedrals. Forthcoming recitals include Liverpool Cathedral. Marc is Director of Music and Master of the Choir School of St Mary the Virgin, Bury Parish Church, conductor of Southport Bach Choir and accompanist to Chester St Cecilia Singers and will be continuing with postgraduate studies in Performance Practice.

Marc Murray was born and educated in Cape Town, South Africa. He moved to the United Kingdom in May 2010 to take up the post of Director of Music at St. Botolph's Church, Boston and, the following January, he was appointed Director of Music of Peterborough Opera. He has worked with several choral societies and operatic groups, as well as conducting Peterborough Symphony Orchestra, and he has accompanied Cantemus Choir, Lesley Garrett and Aled Jones at Boston Stump. He has also recorded for BBC Radio Lincolnshire. Marc studied piano and organ at the University of Cape Town's College of Music, winning several prizes. He holds teaching and performing qualifications from the University of South Africa, Trinity College of Music, London and the Royal College of Organists (Associate and Choral Directing Diplomas). As an organist, he has given recitals and played in concerts throughout South Africa, as well as in the USA, Germany, Sweden, and the UK, including solo recitals in Westminster Abbey, St Paul's, Newcastle, Chester, Blackburn and Bradford Cathedrals. Marc is Director of Music and Master of the Choir School of St Mary the Virgin, Bury Parish Church, Music Director for Southport Bach Choir and accompanist to Chester St. Cecilia Singers.