JOHN SCOTT (1956-2015)
13 August 2015
John Scott at his Three Choirs Festival recital in Hereford CathedralCourtesy Three Choirs Festival
The death of John Scott yesterday has shocked the organ world.
Scott had returned to New York, where he was organist and director of music at Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, after a European tour which had included a brilliant recital in Hereford Cathedral on 31 July at the Three Choirs Festival. He was hospitalised with a cardiac complaint and died yesterday afternoon, with his wife Lily at his side.
John Scott was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, and was a chorister in the cathedral choir there before going as organ scholar to St John’s College, Cambridge University. Following assistant organist posts at Southwark and St Paul’s cathedrals in London, Scott was succeeded Christopher Dearnley as organist and director of music of St Paul’s in 1990. In the 2004 New Year’s Honours list he was appointed a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO).
An obituary will be published in the September/October 2015 issue of Choir & Organ.
Rob Elliott announced as new director of Cornwall choral festival
20 July 2015, Rebecca Morton
Rob Elliott has been announced as the new director of Cornwall’s International Male Voice Choral Festival, following the retirement of Peter Davies, who held the post for nine years. Elliot will lead the eighth biennial festival in 2017, which encompasses workshops, concerts and tuition for directors and singers in venues across Cornwall.
St Albans winners
20 July 2015
Johannes Zeinler, 1st Prize and Gold Medal winner, Interpretation
David Cassan, Tournemire Prize winner, Improvisation
The competitions at St Albans International Organ Festival finished with a flourish on Friday, with two competitors in the morning’s Improvisation final, and four in the Interpretation final in the evening.
Coming from Germany and France respectively, Lukas Grimm and David Cassan both gave convincing performances of Tournemire’s Improvisation sur le Te Deum (as transcribed by Duruflé) before improvising three movements in symphonic style on the plainchant Ave Maris Stella and two themes by Piet Kee. David Cassan took the Tournemire Prize with his impressively integrated performance.
The four Interpretation finalists – Johannes Zeinler (Austria), Michal Kocot (Poland), Zita Nauratyill (Hungary) and Davide Mariano (Italy) – each peformed a Handel organ concerto with the Orchester Wiener Akademie, directed by founder-director (and jury member) Martin Haselböck, before completing their programmes with a free choice of works by J.S. Bach and other composers. Each performer shone in different ways, but the overall winner and gold medallist was Johannes Zeinler, with Davide Mariano taking the second prize (sponsored by Choir & Organ's parent company, Rhinegold Publishing).
The winners of the other awards were:
- Peter Hurford Bach Prize: Davide Mariano
- Audience Prize: Zita Nauratyill
- Paul Patterson Prize for the best performance of the commissioned work, Paul Patterson’s Volcano: Zita Nauratyill
- Douglas May Award: Thomas Gaynor, from New Zealand
4.5% of Europe involved in choral singing
10 July 2015, Katy Wright
A study by the Voice Project has found that 4.5% of Europe’s population are actively engaged in choral singing. Singing Europe discovered that 37 million people are involved in about 1 million choirs or vocal ensembles.
RPS announces 2015 ENCORE Choral pieces
8 July 2015, Katy Wright
Robin HollowayHanya Chlala
Robin Holloway's Christmas Carol and Jonathan Lloyd's Mass have been selected for the Royal Philharmonic Society's ENCORE Choral scheme, which aims to promote neglected contemporary gems of the British choral repertoire. Both works will receive a BBC broadcast and live performance in the UK during 2016/17.