Greg Morris (Conductor and Musical Director)
Greg Morris is Associate Organist of the Temple Church in London, Musical Director of Collegium Musicum of London, and founding Musical Director of the Bar Choral Society. An acclaimed solo recitalist and recording artist, Greg has performed widely throughout the UK and Europe. He is known for his exciting and revealing interpretations of organ music ranging from the 16th to the 21st centuries, and his wide repertoire has a particular bias towards the music of J.S. Bach and 20thcentury French and English composers. He gave the world premiere of David Briggs' Organ Concerto, and subsequently recorded the work with the Northern Chamber Orchestra. His first two solo CDs, including an “authoritative” (American Record Guide) performance of organ music by Kenneth Leighton, received widespread critical acclaim. A third CD, the first to be recorded on the newly restored organ of the Temple Church and featuring Whitlock’s magnificent Sonata, was released by Signum in May 2014, and has been described by Gramophone as “a singularly impressive release”.
Since 2006, Greg has accompanied the Temple Church Choir, a professional ensemble recently described by Gramophone as “among the very best”. He has performed with them on BBC Radio 3, in CD recordings, and in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen, and in November 2014 accompanied them during a visit to Washington DC to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. He has appeared at the BBC Proms with the BBC Singers, and is in demand as a freelance accompanist and ensemble player.
Greg also works extensively as a conductor, in particular with Collegium Musicum of London. The choir performs with leading instrumentalists and soloists in a wide range of repertoire. Greg also takes a major role in training the choristers at the Temple Church, and regularly conducts both the Choirmen and the Temple Singers, including recent performances of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen in the historic Middle Temple Hall, in a new, fully-staged production by Thomas Guthrie. In June 2014, Greg conducted the first concert of the Bar Choral Society, newly formed with the patronage of John Rutter; the Society’s next concert will include include a performance of Haydn’s Nelson Mass with the Southbank Sinfonia.
Greg held scholarships at St George's Chapel, Windsor, Jesus College, Cambridge and St Martin-in-the-Fields. He was awarded the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians for his prize-winning performance in the FRCO diploma, and was subsequently Assistant Director of Music at Blackburn Cathedral.
For further information, please visit www.gregmorris.org.uk