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O'Donnell, James (organ)
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James O'Donnell (organ)

James O'Donnell, Organist and Master of the Choristers of Westminster Abbey, was born in Scotland in 1961. He won a junior scholarship in organ and harpsichord at the Royal College of Music while still at school, and was then elected organ Scholar of Jesus College, Cambridge, where he also held an open scholarship to study Music. At Cambridge he won several academic awards and prizes and graduated with first class honours. He studied the organ with Peter Hurford and Nicolas Kynaston, and latterly with David Sanger. on leaving university in 1982 he was appointed Assistant Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral; he was then Master of Music from 1988 to 2000.

James O'Donnell has developed an international reputation as an organist. He has given recitals in Britain, Europe, the United States and Australasia, as well as having made solo appearances at the Proms and broadcast many times on BBC Radio 3. In 1987 he won first prize in the competition for the Royal College of Organists' Performer of the Year award. He has worked as a conductor with many distinguished groups, including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Florilegium, the BBC Singers, the City of London Sinfonia and the Hanover Band. He has appeared as a soloist and continuo player in recordings and concerts with many leading period-instrument ensembles, notably The King's Consort and the Gabrieli Consort and Players. In 1997 he was appointed Professor of Organ at the Royal Academy of Music, where he also lectures in church music studies. He has served on the Council of the Royal College of Organists for ten years.

Albums

Treasures of the Spanish Renaissance
CDH55430Helios (Hyperion's budget label) 2 February 2015 Release
Bach: Cantatas Nos 54, 169 & 170
CDH55312Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Britten: A Ceremony of Carols
CDA66220
Bruckner: Mass in D minor & Te Deum
CDH55356Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Bruckner: Masses
CDS44071/33CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Langlais: Missa Salve regina & Messe solennelle
CDH55444Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Lo Sposalizio – The wedding of Venice to the sea
CDD220722CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Martin: Mass; Pizzetti: Messa di Requiem
CDA67017
The Music of Westminster Cathedral
This album is not yet available for downloadWCC100Super-budget price sampler
Victoria: Missa Vidi speciosam & other sacred music
CDH55358Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Essential Bach
This album is not yet available for downloadKING5Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Complete works available for download

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750)
Gott soll allein mein Herze haben, BWV169with James Bowman (countertenor), The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
BENJAMIN BRITTEN (1913-1976)
A Hymn of St Columbawith Gordon Jones (baritone), Westminster Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor)
Jubilate Deo in E flatwith Westminster Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor)
Missa brevis, Op 63with Westminster Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor)
ANTON BRUCKNER (1824-1896)
Te Deumwith Corydon Singers, Corydon Orchestra, Matthew Best (conductor)
ANDREA GABRIELI (c1510-1586)
Intonatione Primo tonowith The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Intonatione Settimo tonowith The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
FRANCISCO GUERRERO (1528-1599)
O altitudo divitiarumwith Westminster Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor)
O sacrum conviviumwith Westminster Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor)
Regina caeli a 8with Westminster Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor)
Surge propera amica meawith Westminster Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor)
JEAN LANGLAIS (1907-1991)
Messe solennellewith Westminster Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor)
Missa Salve reginawith Westminster Cathedral Choir, English Chamber Orchestra Brass Ensemble, Andrew Lumsden (organ), David Hill (conductor)
ALONSO LOBO (1555-1617)
Ave Mariawith Westminster Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor)
FRANK MARTIN (1890-1974)
Passacaille
TOMÁS LUIS DE VICTORIA (1548-1611)
Missa Vidi speciosamwith Westminster Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor)
Vidi speciosamwith Westminster Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor)
SEBASTIÁN DE VIVANCO (c1551-1622)
Magnificat octavi toniwith Westminster Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor)