St Bride's: Music - Julian Thomas – organ

St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Julian Thomas – organ

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

Julian Thomas – organ

John Cook

Fanfare

Charles-Marie Widor

Symphonie 6

4. Cantabile

J S Bach

Prelude and Fugue in B minor BWV 544

Charles Harford Lloyd

Allegretto

César Franck

Pièce Héroïque

Julian Thomas joined Tonbridge School in September 2007 as Choirmaster, and has subsequently also become Head of Academic Music and a Senior Student housemaster. He began his musical training as a chorister at Salisbury Cathedral and then as a music and academic scholar at Charterhouse, before going up to Cambridge as Organ Scholar at Jesus College. After graduating, he moved to Lincoln Cathedral as Second Assistant Organist, becoming a prize-winning Fellow of the Royal College of Organists in 2000. For the next six years, Julian was the Assistant Organist and Director of the Girls' Choir at Norwich Cathedral, during which time he regularly appeared on both radio and television accompanying and conducting choirs. In addition to this, he also directed the Edington Music Festival, including overseeing the 50th festival and a number of significant choral commissions.

Alongside his primary roles at the school, Julian is also a published composer (with Encore Publications) and he maintains an active career as a freelance organist, deputizing at several London churches, including the Chapel Royal, St Margaret's Westminster and the Temple Church, and also working with choirs such as Canticum and London Concert Choir. As a solo recitalist, recent performances have included Bath Abbey, Christchurch Priory, Westminster Abbey, Southwark, Norwich and Westminster Cathedrals, and his first solo CD, Élévation (recorded on the Marcussen organ of Tonbridge School), was released on Regent Records in 2017.

Julian Thomas is Choirmaster and Head of Academic Music at Tonbridge School in Kent. Prior to his appointment in 2007, he was the Assistant Organist and Director of the Girls' Choir at Norwich Cathedral. As a freelance organist, Julian has given numerous organ recitals including at Westminster Abbey, Southwark Cathedral, Bath Abbey and Christchurch Priory, and he has worked as accompanist with Canticum and London Concert Choir, as well as deputizing at a number of London churches such as the Chapel Royal. His first solo organ CD was recorded on the Marcussen organ at Tonbridge School with Regent Records in 2017.