St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Oliver Hancock – organ

Friday, 28 September at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Oliver Hancock – organ

Percy Whitlock arr. Malcolm Riley

March 'Dignity and Impudence'

J S Bach

Chorale Prelude 'Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele' BWV 654

Herbert Howells

Six Pieces for Organ

Master Tallis' Testament

Denis Bédard

Variations sur 'Amazing Grace'

Charles-Marie Widor

Symphonie no.6

Final

Oliver Hancock is Director of Music at the Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick, having previously held posts at Portsmouth and Ely Cathedrals. He was Organ Scholar at Jesus College, Oxford, and was one of the first students to take the MMus in Choral Studies degree at the University of Cambridge in 2010. From 2008 to 2012, Oliver was Assistant Organist to Ely Cathedral Girls' Choir, where he accompanied regular cathedral services and helped to train the girl choristers. During this time he accompanied ECGC on their first tour to Paris, their fifth-anniversary broadcast of Choral Evensong on BBC Radio 3, and their CD Penitence & Redemption (Regent Records). For the academic year 2011-12, Oliver was also Graduate Organ Scholar at Selwyn College, Cambridge, recording a CD of music by Alan Bullard - Wondrous Cross (Regent Records) - and undertaking a tour of the East coast of the USA, where venues included St Thomas 5th Avenue and the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York, and the National Cathedral in Washington DC.

Sub-Organist at Portsmouth Cathedral until Christmas Day 2017, Oliver accompanied daily services and worked with the boy and girl choristers, regularly conducting the choirs in services and concerts as well as undertaking outreach work across the diocese. In 2013, he directed the girl choristers and scholars on tour in Malta and Gozo, and in a tour of Italy in July 2015, which included an award-winning performance as part of the Florence International Choirs Festival. He was also School Organist at The Portsmouth Grammar School.

At Warwick, Oliver is responsible for the musical life of St Mary's Church, training and conducting the choirs of boys, girls, and men in services and concerts both in Warwick and further afield. He directs the Church's choral society 'Collegium', and is Choral Director at King's High School, Warwick's independent girls' school.

As well as the USA, Oliver has toured much of mainland Europe, both as conductor and accompanist, and has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and 4. He is the Founder and Director of the Nelson Consort, an eight-part choir specialising in a cappella choral music (www.nelsonconsort.co.uk.). He remains an active recitalist, performing recently in St Paul's Cathedral, London, Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Anglican Cathedral in Malta, Westminster and Truro Cathedrals, Tallinn Cathedral in Estonia, in and around Milan, Kerpen in Germany, and across Toronto, Canada. Oliver is an Examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.

Oliver Hancock is Director of Music at the Collegiate Church of St Mary and Choral Director at King's High School, Warwick, having previously held posts at Portsmouth and Ely Cathedrals. He was Organ Scholar at Jesus College, Oxford, where he read for a degree in Music, and in 2010 took the MMus in Choral Studies degree at the University of Cambridge. For the academic year 2011-12, Oliver was also Graduate Organ Scholar at Selwyn College, Cambridge. He has toured much of mainland Europe and the East coast of the USA, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and 4, and given numerous recitals. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, an Examiner for ABRSM, and Director of The Nelson Consort, an eight-part a cappella choir. (www.nelsonconsort.co.uk).