St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

James Furniss-Roe – organ

Friday, 25 May at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

James Furniss-Roe – organ

Olivier Messiaen

L'apparition de l'église éternelle

Charles-Marie Widor

Organ Symphony no. 6

Adagio (Movement 2)

Louis Vierne

24 Pièces de Fantaisie

Suite 2

Hymne au Soleil

Jean Langlais

Neuf Pièces

Chant de Paix

Charles Tournemire

Sei Fioretti

6. 'A son ami [Maurice] Lenormand'

Maurice Duruflé

Prélude, Adagio et Choral varié sur le thème du 'Veni Creator'

Choral varié

James Furniss-Roe is currently Graduate Organist at King Edward's School, Witley, playing for services, concerts and tours that the school and their Chapel Choir participate in. Alongside this, James plays for academic performances and is a key member of the functioning of the music department. James has recently graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London with a music undergraduate degree. He also held the post of Organ Scholar in his first and second year and Senior Organ Scholar in his final year. As an Organ Scholar, James was required to play regularly in the Chapel, both for weekly services and rehearsals. James was accompanist for the Founder's Choir and also for the Chorus, and occasionally sang tenor for the Chapel Choir for various larger events and concerts.

In 2004, James became a chorister at Rochester Cathedral, and was awarded a Deputy Head-Choristership in 2008. He left the choir in 2009, where he began learning the organ under Scott Farrell, Director of Music at the cathedral. In 2010, he was awarded an Organ Scholarship at his school King's School, Rochester, which entailed playing for the weekly service that took place at the cathedral. After having left King's School, he joined Royal Holloway as an Organ Scholar, and is currently being taught by Rupert Gough.

Throughout his musical career, he has been lucky enough to perform in many prestigious venues, such as St John's, Smith Square; St Paul's Cathedral; Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. James has also been fortunate to have been involved in many tours, and has visited Germany, Italy, Belgium, Holland, USA and Canada, Hungary and Austria. He has also performed some recitals in various places in the UK: Saint Mary-le-tower, Ipswich; Rochester Cathedral; Saint Albans Methodist Church and St Michael's and St Mary Magdalene, Easthampstead. From September 2018, James will be taking up the post of Organ Scholar at Portsmouth Cathedral, a position that he is very much looking forward to.

In 2004, James Furniss-Roe became a chorister at Rochester Cathedral, and was awarded a Deputy Head-Choristership in 2008. He left the choir in 2009, where he began learning the organ under Scott Farrell, Director of Music at the cathedral. In 2010, he was awarded an Organ Scholarship at his school King's School, Rochester. He has recently graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London with a music undergraduate degree. James also held the post of Organ Scholar in his first and second year and Senior Organ Scholar in his final year. James is currently Graduate Organist at King Edward's School, Witley, playing for services, concerts and tours that the school and their Chapel Choir participate in. From September 2018, James will take up the position of Organ Scholar at Portsmouth Cathedral.