Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Séamus Cunningham

Ushaw College

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Edwin Bonney Organ Recital Series


Francesca Massey, Sub-Organist, Durham Cathedral on Saturday 21 July 2018 at 2.30pm. Retiring Collection. Refectory Café and Gift Shop open from 11.00am until 4.00pm.

Francesca Massey took up the post of Sub-Organist at Durham Cathedral in 2011, where, in addition to the daily provision of music for services and training of the choristers, she regularly accompanies the cathedral choir in concerts, tours, broadcasts and recordings, as well as directing the Cathedral’s Consort of Singers. Born in Birmingham, Francesca was educated at Cambridge University and the Royal Northern College of Music (on a prestigious ABRSM Scholarship). She has held Organ Scholarships at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle; Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and Manchester Cathedral. Francesca has also held positions as Assistant Organist at Great St. Mary's Church, Cambridge and Assistant Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral.

At the age of 19, Francesca gained all of the top prizes in the Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists' diploma and was subsequently awarded the W.T. Best Memorial Scholarship and Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, and the Musicians Benevolent Fund's Ian Fleming Award. Her teachers have included Kevin Bowyer, Jeremy Filsell, David Goode and Andrew Fletcher.

Francesca performs regularly as a recitalist throughout the U.K. Her two solo recordings (Bravura! and The Forgotten Gem, on the Priory Records label) both received excellent reviews and were Editor’s Choice in Organists' Review. Francesca has performed widely 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 the Assistant Musical Director of The Durham Singers, and is actively engaged as an organ teacher. Francesca also performs extensively as a continuo player and pianist.


Programme to include:

Ride of the Valkaries - Wagner

Modale (Opus 43) - Peeters

Siegfried-Idyll - Wagner

Suite for Organ (Opus 70) - Creston


Ushaw College was founded over two hundred years ago and has a rich and fascinating history, with some of the finest Victorian architecture in the North East, with many of the buildings designed by the illustrious Pugin family. The organ recital series, held in the magnificent setting of St. Cuthbert’s Chapel, is just one of an exciting and varied programme of cultural events happening throughout the course of the year. Other events include folk, classical, jazz and choral music, plus talks, plays, exhibitions and choral services.


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