Daniel Cook is Master of the Choristers and Organist of Durham Cathedral and is recognised internationally as a liturgical and concert organist of the highest order. In addition, he is Artistic Director of Mousai. Curator of JAM on the Marsh, Musical Director of Durham University Choral Society, and maintains a busy schedule of recitals, concerts and recordings, both as performer and producer, as well as being in demand as a conductor, teacher and singer.
Prior to this Daniel spent four years as Sub-Organist of Westminster Abbey where he was the principal organist to the Abbey Choir and Assistant Director of Music to James O’Donnell. He accompanied the Abbey Choir for all major services, performed with them in concerts and on tours in Europe and the USA. as well as appearing in their famous series of recordings for Hyperion Records. He also performed with the Abbey Choir in several concerts in London, notably in Buckingham Palace and at the Royal Albert Hall, and was the organist for all of the broadcast services and concerts between 2013 and 2017.
Before moving to the Abbey, Daniel was
Organist and Master of the Choristers of St Davids
Cathedral and Artistic Director of the St Davids
Cathedral Festival, where he was responsible for the
maintenance and development of the cathedral’s musical
ministry. Under his direction the Cathedral Choir made
several broadcasts and recordings for BBC Radio and
Daniel received his early musical education at Durham Cathedral with Keith Wright. Following a year as Organ Scholar at Worcester Cathedral, he moved to London to take up a place at the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Nicolas Kynaston, James O'Donnell and Patrick Russill and participated in master classes with many of the world’s leading organists including Marie-Claire Alain, Lionel Rogg and Jon Laukvik. While at the Academy, he worked as Organ Scholar at Southwark Cathedral and Westminster Abbey before graduating with first-classhonours in July, 2003. He was subsequently Assistant Organist of Westminster Abbey from 2003 until 2005.
Daniel has twice
been a finalist in the St Albans International Organ
Competition. As a recitalist, he has played across the
UK, Europe and Australia with performances in most of
In recent years Daniel has developed a strong commitment to new music, particularly through his work as conductor, organist and panel member for the John Armitage Memorial Trust (JAM). He regularly collaborates with leading contemporary composers and has participated in ﬁrst performances of works by Judith Bingham, Neil Cox, Adam Gorb, Robin Holloway, Gabriel Jackson, Matthew Martin, Paul Mealor. Philip Moore. Tarik O'Regan, Paul Patterson, Julian Philips, Giles Swayme. Judith \Yeir. James \Vhitbourn and Jeremy Woodside. In 2009 he wassoloist for a collaborative CD release of contemporary music jointly promoted by JAM and Choir and Organ magazine.
In 2013 Daniel was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM), an award offered to past students of the Academy who have distinguished themselves in the music profession and made a signiﬁcant contribution to it in their particular ﬁeld.
For more information visit: www.danielcookorganist.com
Massey took up the post of Sub-Organist of Durham
Cathedral in September 2011. where in
addition to the daily provision of music for services, she
regularly accompanied the cathedral choir in concerts,
tours, broadcasts and recordings. Prior to this, she was
Assistant Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral for
four years. Concert venues with the Peterborough
choir included the cathedrals of Amiens, Bourges, Blois
Born in Birmingham, Francesca was educated at Cambridge University and the Royal Northern College of Music (a prestigious ABRSM Scholarship) and has held Organ Scholarships at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and Manchester Cathedral as well as being Assistant Organist at Great St. Mary's Church, Cambridge. At the age of 19, Francesca gained all of the top prizes in the FRCO diploma and has since been awarded the WT Best Memorial Scholarship and Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, and the Musicians Benevolent Fund’s Ian Fleming Award. She has studied with Jeremy Filsell, Kevin Bowyer, David Goode and Andrew Fletcher.
Francesca performs regularly as a
recitalist throughout the UK. Her debut solo disc
(on the Priory Records label) received excellent
reviews: it was Editor’s Choice in Organists’ Review,
described as a diverse and imaginative programme that
is superbly played....a 'must' for all organ
enthusiasts.’ Another CD featuring the organ of King’s
Lynn Minster was released in 2017. Francesca has
played throughout Europe and South Africa as an
accompanist, as well as recording a number of
acclaimed CDs with various choirs; Gramophone Magazine
describing her as a ‘hugely gifted accompanist.’ She
is Assistant Musical Director of The Durham
Singers and much in demand around the North East
as an organ teacher.
or by post: c/o The College, Durham DH1 3EQ.
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