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ORGAN RECITAL - LA NATIVITÉ DU SEIGNEUR

12 January 2016 7:30pm

Messiaen's deeply moving meditation on the Christmas story, brought to life with readings and movement played by Ben Morris (York Minster).

Tickets £5 available ONLINE at tickets.elycathedral.org or from ELY CATHEDRAL BOX OFFICE 01353 660349 (Mon-Sat 9.30am-4pm) or email: gro/lardehtacyle//eciffo/xob
Admission to all recitals is free for accompanied under 16s

Part of the 2015/2016 Organ Recital Series.

Ben Morris

Benjamin Morris is Organ Scholar at York Minster. In this role, he accompanies the choir in the Minster's daily cycle of music, and assists in the training of the boy and girl choristers. Prior to this, Ben was Organ Scholar and then Assistant Organist at Jesus College, Cambridge, and directed the College's two choirs while the Director of Music was on sabbatical leave. He graduated from the University of Cambridge with a double first in Music in 2014. During his time in Cambridge he appeared in services and concerts throughout the world, on national radio and on several CD recordings. He has played organ and harpsichord continuo with the Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge University Chamber Choir, and other groups, and has played alongside His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts, The Saraband Consort and Britten Sinfonia. Ben has conducted performances of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, Elgar's Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands, Beethoven's Coriolan Overture and sell-out performances of Milhaud's chamber opera, Le Pauvre Matelot. Before starting university, he spent a year as Organ Scholar at Gloucester Cathedral.

With recent venues including Huddersfield Town Hall, Southwell Minster, Kristiansand Cathedral (Norway) and the Buxton Festival, Ben is increasingly engaged as a soloist for recitals and other performances; he played in Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius at St John's Smith Square under Adrian Partington, in Beethoven's Missa Solemnis under the baton of Sir Roger Norrington and Brahms Ein Deutches Requiem under Howard Shelley, both in King's College, Cambridge, and in Britten's War Requiem in Ely Cathedral under Stephen Cleobury.

Ben has performed on BBC Radio 4 both at the Buxton Festival and in a live broadcast with the Choir of Jesus College at the Oundle International Festival. He has studied organ with Gordon Stewart, David Briggs, Robert Houssart and Richard Pinel, and harpsichord at the Royal Academy of Music with Terence Charlston. He is a prizewinning Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.