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Scott, John (organ)
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John Scott (organ)

John Scott was born in 1956 in Wakefield, Yorkshire, where he became a Cathedral chorister. While still at school he gained the diplomas of the Royal College of Organists and won the major prizes. In 1974 he became Organ Scholar of St. John’s College, Cambridge, where for four years he acted as assistant to Dr. George Guest and held the University John Stewart of Rannoch Scholarship in Sacred Music. His organ studies were with Jonathan Bielby, Ralph Downes, and Dame Gillian Weir. He made his debut in the 1977 Promenade Concerts in the Royal Albert Hall, playing Reubke’s Sonata on the 94th Psalm. He was the youngest organist to appear in the Proms.

On leaving Cambridge, he was appointed Assistant Organist at London’s two Anglican Cathedrals, St Paul’s and Southwark. During this time he won the first prizes from the Manchester and Leipzig J. S. Bach International Organ Competitions in 1978 and 1984 respectively.

In 1985 he became Sub-Organist of St Paul’s Cathedral. In 1990 he succeeded Dr. Christopher Dearnley as Organist and Director of Music.

His work at St Paul’s involved the training and direction of the choir, and the overseeing and development of the Cathedral’s busy music program. In recent years he was responsible for the music at a number of high-profile events, including the National Service of Thanksgiving for the Millennium, the services to mark the 100th birthday of HM The Queen Mother and the Golden Jubilee of HM The Queen (for which he was asked to compose an anthem) and the service held on 14 September 2001 following the terrorist atrocities in the USA. Under his direction, the St Paul’s Cathedral Choir has toured extensively in Europe, Japan, and North and South America, made many widely acclaimed recordings, worked with a number of distinguished orchestras and ensembles and given world premieres of many works commissioned especially for them.

His career as a recitalist has taken him to five continents. In November 1989 he inaugurated the new Rieger organ in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and in 1990, he was one of five international Cathedral organists invited to play in Washington National Cathedral to celebrate the completion of the Cathedral. Recent engagements have included recitals in the USA, Germany, Hong Kong, St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Notre Dame in Paris and Slovakia, and a complete cycle of organ works of J.S. Bach and the Vierne and Widor Symphonies in concert in St Paul’s. In 2003 he gave a series of recitals in St Paul’s featuring the complete organ works of Franck in five recitals, and in 2004 he performed the complete organ works of Buxtehude in a series of ten recitals at St Paul’s.

John Scott’s many recordings include the organ sonatas of Elgar, organ music by William Mathias, the complete organ works of Duruflé and Mendelssohn, as well as two discs of music by Dupré. He has also recorded the solo organ part in Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas.

John Scott is a Council member of the Royal College of Organists and the Royal School of Church Music. He is President of the Percy Whitlock Trust, a Past-President of the Incorporated Association of Organists and in 1998 was nominated International Performer of the Year by the New York Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. He was a member of the Jury for the Concours International d’Orgue “Grand Prix de Chartres” in 2002 and chaired the Jury for the Dallas International Organ Competition in 2003.

In the summer of 2004, after 26 years at St Paul’s, he moved to take up the post of Organist and Director of Music at Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York, in succession to Dr. Gerre Hancock, where he directs the renowned choir of men and boys.

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Albums

Advent at St Paul's
CDH55463Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Brahms: motets
CDH55346Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Britten: Saint Nicolas & Hymn to Saint Cecilia
CDH55378Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Bruckner: Mass in E minor
CDH55277Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Bruckner: Masses
CDS44071/33CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Dupré: Organ Music
CDD220592CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Duruflé & Fauré: Requiem
CDA67070Download only
Duruflé: The Complete Organ Music
CDH55475Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Fauré & Duruflé: Requiem
CDA67070Download only
Fauré: Requiem & other choral works
CDA30008Hyperion 30th Anniversary seriesDownload currently discounted
Fauré: Requiem & other sacred music
CDA66292
Mendelssohn: Choral Music
CDH55268Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service
Mendelssohn: Music for organ
CDD220292CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
The Music of St Paul's Cathedral
SPCC2000Super-budget price sampler
Vaughan Williams: Choral Works
CDS44321/44CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Vaughan Williams: The shepherds of the delectable mountains & other works
CDA66569Archive Service; also available on CDS44321/4Download currently discounted
Whitlock: Organ Sonata
CDA67470

Complete works available for download

JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833-1897))
Ave Maria, Op 12with Corydon Singers, Matthew Best (conductor)
Geistliches Lied, Op 30with Corydon Singers, Matthew Best (conductor)
Psalm 13, Op 27with Corydon Singers, Matthew Best (conductor)
BENJAMIN BRITTEN (1913-1976))
Saint Nicolas, Op 42with Corydon Singers, English Chamber Orchestra, Matthew Best (conductor)
ANTON BRUCKNER (1824-1896))
Libera mewith Corydon Singers, Colin Sheen (trombone), Roger Brenner (trombone), Phillip Brown (trombone), Olga Hegedus (cello), Thomas Martin (double bass), Matthew Best (conductor)
ANDREW CARTER (b1939))
Organ Toccata on Veni Emmanuel
MARCEL DUPRÉ (1886-1971))
Choral et Fugue, Op 57
Cortège et Litanie, Op 19 No 2
Deuxième Symphonie, Op 26
Esquisses, Op 41
Symphonie-Passion, Op 23
Variations sur un vieux Noël, Op 20
MAURICE DURUFLÉ (1902-1986))
Fugue sur le thème du Carillon des Heures de la Cathédrale de Soissons, Op 12
Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d'Alain, Op 7
Prélude sur l'Introit de l'Épiphanie, Op 13
Prélude, Adagio et Choral varié sur le thème du 'Veni Creator', Op 4
Scherzo, Op 2
Suite pour orgue, Op 5
GABRIEL FAURÉ (1845-1924))
Cantique de Jean Racine, Op 11with Corydon Singers, Matthew Best (conductor)
Messe Bassewith Corydon Singers, English Chamber Orchestra, Matthew Best (conductor)
Requiem, Op 48with Corydon Singers, English Chamber Orchestra, Matthew Best (conductor)
Two Motets, Op 65with Corydon Singers, English Chamber Orchestra, Matthew Best (conductor)
FELIX MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847))
Allegro in B flat major
Allegro maestoso in C major
Allegro, Chorale and Fugue in D major
Andante in D major
Andante in F major
Ave Maria, Op 23 No 2with Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), Christine Barratt (soprano), Janey Mackenzie (soprano), Joya Logan (alto), Jenny Youde (alto), Robin Mace (tenor), Julian Walker (bass), Kenneth Roles (bass), Corydon Singers, English Chamber Orchestra, Matthew Best (conductor)
Fugue in E minor 'Allegro'
Fugue in F minor 'Lento'
Hör mein Bitten, Op posth.with Anne Dawson (soprano), Corydon Singers, Matthew Best (conductor)
Prelude and Fugue in C minor, Op 37 No 1
Prelude and Fugue in D minor, Op 37 No 3
Prelude and Fugue in G major, Op 37 No 2
Sonata in A major, Op 65 No 3
Sonata in B flat major, Op 65 No 4
Sonata in D major, Op 65 No 5
Sonata in D minor, Op 65 No 6
Sonata in F minor, Op 65 No 1
Verleih' uns Frieden, Op posth.with Corydon Singers, English Chamber Orchestra, Matthew Best (conductor)
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958))
A song of thanksgivingwith Sir John Gielgud (speaker), Lynne Dawson (soprano), The London Oratory Junior Choir, Corydon Singers, City of London Sinfonia, Matthew Best (conductor)
PERCY WHITLOCK (1903-1946))
Fantasie Choral No 1 in D flat major
Five Short Pieces
Organ Sonata in C minor

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

A song of thanksgiving (Vaughan Williams)
Allegro deciso  
Allegro in B flat major (Mendelssohn)
Allegro maestoso in C major (Mendelssohn)
Allegro, Chorale and Fugue in D major (Mendelssohn)
Andante in D major (Mendelssohn)
Andante in F major (Mendelssohn)
Ave Maria, Op 12 (Brahms)
Ave Maria, Op 23 No 2 (Mendelssohn)
Cantique de Jean Racine, Op 11 (Fauré)
Choral et Fugue, Op 57 (Dupré)
Come, stranger sent from God!  
Cortège et Litanie, Op 19 No 2 (Dupré)
Crucifixion  
Death, I hear thy summons and I come  
Deuxième Symphonie, Op 26 (Dupré)
Esquisses, Op 41 (Dupré)
Évocation, Op 37 (Dupré)
Famine tracks us down the lanes  
Fantasie Choral No 1 in D flat major (Whitlock)
Five Short Pieces (Whitlock)
Folk Tune  
For forty years our Nicolas  
Fugue in E minor 'Allegro' (Mendelssohn)
Fugue in F minor 'Lento' (Mendelssohn)
Fugue sur le thème du Carillon des Heures de la Cathédrale de Soissons, Op 12 (Duruflé)
Geistliches Lied, Op 30 (Brahms)
He journeys to Palestine  
Hear my prayer  
Herr, wie lange willst du mein so gar vergessen?  
His piety and marvellous works  
Hör mein Bitten, Op posth. (Mendelssohn)
Intermezzo  
Lass dich nur nichts nicht dauren mit trauren  
Le monde dans l'attente du Sauveur  
Le tombeau de Titelouze '16 Chorals sur des Hymnes liturgiques', Op 38 (Dupré)
Libera me (Bruckner)
Messe Basse (Fauré)
My parents died  
Nativité  
Nicolas and the pickled boys  
Nicolas comes to Myra and is chosen Bishop  
Nicolas devotes himself to God  
Nicolas from Prison  
Nicolas sailed for Palestine  
Nicolas was born in answer to prayer  
O for the wings of a dove  
Organ Sonata in C minor (Whitlock)
Organ Toccata on Veni Emmanuel (Carter)
Our eyes are blinded by the holiness you bear  
Paean  
Persecution sprang upon our Church  
Placare Christe servulis  
Prelude and Fugue in C minor, Op 37 No 1 (Mendelssohn)
Prelude and Fugue in D minor, Op 37 No 3 (Mendelssohn)
Prelude and Fugue in G major, Op 37 No 2 (Mendelssohn)
Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d'Alain, Op 7 (Duruflé)
Prélude sur l'Introit de l'Épiphanie, Op 13 (Duruflé)
Prélude, Adagio et Choral varié sur le thème du 'Veni Creator', Op 4 (Duruflé)
Preludes and Fugues, Op 7 (Dupré)
Preludio  
Psalm 13, Op 27 (Brahms)
Requiem, Op 48 (Fauré)
Résurrection  
Saint Nicolas, Op 42 (Britten)
Scherzo, Op 2 (Duruflé)
Sicilienne  
Sonata in A major, Op 65 No 3 (Mendelssohn)
Sonata in B flat major, Op 65 No 4 (Mendelssohn)
Sonata in C minor, Op 65 No 2 (Mendelssohn)
Sonata in D major, Op 65 No 5 (Mendelssohn)
Sonata in D minor, Op 65 No 6 (Mendelssohn)
Sonata in F minor, Op 65 No 1 (Mendelssohn)
Suite pour orgue, Op 5 (Duruflé)
Symphonie-Passion, Op 23 (Dupré)
Te lucis ante terminum  
The birth of Nicolas  
The death of Nicolas  
Toccata  
Toccata  
Two Motets, Op 65 (Fauré)
Variations sur un vieux Noël, Op 20 (Dupré)
Verleih' uns Frieden, Op posth. (Mendelssohn)