Greg Morris (Conductor and Musical Director)
Greg Morris is Associate Organist of the Temple Church in London, a position he has held since 2006. He accompanies the acclaimed Temple Church Choir, described recently by Gramophone magazine as “among the very best”, and has appeared with them on BBC Radio 3 and in CD recordings. He takes a major role in the training of the choristers, and recently completed a term as Acting Director of Music, a highlight of which was a performance by the choristers of the Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten. Greg also regularly conducts the gentlemen of the Choir and the Temple Singers.
As a recitalist, Greg regularly performs at major venues throughout the UK and Europe, most recently at Notre Dame de Paris. His repertoire includes music from across the last five centuries, and focuses particularly on the organ works of Bach and twentieth-century French and English music. He gave the first performance of David Briggs’ Organ Concerto in concert and on disc, and has also premiered works by David Bednall. His first solo CD, Sounds Inspirational, received widespread critical acclaim, while American Record Review commented of his recent release of music by Kenneth Leighton: “Morris’s playing is authoritative and more than equal to Leighton’s virtuosic demands”.
Greg was born in Manchester, and began to study the organ with Andrew Dean. Following a year as Organ Scholar at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, he began his studies at Jesus College, Cambridge, where he directed both the College Choirs. He studied the organ with Paul Stubbings, John Kitchen and Thomas Trotter, and was awarded first prize and the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians for his performance in the FRCO examinations. In 2000, Greg was appointed Assistant Director of Music at Blackburn Cathedral. Under his direction, the Cathedral Young People’s Choir gave first performances of several works, including Sing unto the Lord by Andrew Simpson, recently published in the Choirbook for the Queen to commemorate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee. The choir also gave several live broadcasts on BBC Radio 4, performed with the Northern Chamber Orchestra, and toured to Edinburgh, Rome and Vienna.
For further information, please visit www.gregmorris.org.uk