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Andrew Cantrill

Andrew Cantrill is an organist and choral clinician. As a concert organist, Cantrill has played in many prestigious venues throughout the UK, Europe, and New Zealand. He has conducted and directed a number of critically acclaimed choirs.

Recordings featuring Andrew Cantrill

Fête: French Organ Music
Collection of organ music recorded in Wellington Cathedral

MMT2032, Released 2002
 

Biography

Born in Hampshire, England, Andrew Cantrill was educated at Durham University, where his teachers included the late Lady Susi Jeans, Peter Wright and Gerre Hancock. After graduating in 1992, he was appointed Organist & Director of Music at the Parish Church of St George, Belfast. There he was responsible for the choir of men and boys, and the St George’s Singers and Orchestra. Two years later, he was appointed Organist & Master of the Choristers at Grimsby Parish Church, the only parish church in Britain with its own choir school. During the next three years he took the choir on tour to London, Iceland and Germany, and recorded two critically acclaimed albums for the Cantoris label. The Yorkshire Post described the Choristers of Grimsby Parish Church as “a revelation – the only parish church choir in Britain able to take on the big hitters of the International recording market.”

As a concert organist, Cantrill has played in many prestigious venues throughout the UK and Europe. Festival appearances have included the Cheltenham International Festival of Music and he has undertaken recital tours to Switzerland, Germany and the Republic of Ireland. He has twice appeared as organ soloist with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Cantrill was appointed Organist and Director of Music at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, New Zealand, in August 1999. In his time in New Zealand he was much in demand as a conductor and choral clinician and, with the Orpheus Choir of Wellington, appeared with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Wellington Sinfonia. He established St Paul’s Baroque, a period instrument ensemble based at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, and the Orpheus Youth. He was also a tutor in organ at Massey University and Artistic Director of the Wellington Cathedral Festival of Music and the Arts. He left New Zealand to take on the role of organist and choirmaster at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Buffalo, N.Y., and is currently Director of Music at Croydon Parish Church in London, England, where he oversees all the parish’s choirs and musical concerts and events.



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