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28 July 2019 5:15pm

Andrew Parnell (Ely Cathedral)


French Connections

Pièce d'orgue (BWV 572) - J.S. Bach

Prélude, Fugue et Variation (Op.18) C Franck

Magnificat du 3e et 4e ton - M Corrette

Sonata no.3 (Op.56) - A Guilmant

Le banquet céleste - O Messiaen

Allegro vivace (First movement of Symphony V) - C-M Widor

After a 25-year career centred on St Albans Cathedral, ANDREW PARNELL, since 2001, has enjoyed a freelance life as organist, conductor, and composer.

Having helped out as Acting Assistant Organist at 9 cathedrals, Andrew has joined the staff at Ely Cathedral as Assistant Director of the Octagon Singers. He is frequently invited to play as soloist or accompanist, and, in 2019 has given recitals at Westminster Cathedral and St Andrew's Hall, Norwich. He also has engagements as organ accompanist in concerts in Godmanchester, St Albans and Sloane Square, London. He currently enjoys his association with Brian Kay and The Really Big Chorus, for whom he has played in the Messiah from Scratch in the Royal Albert Hall, and has travelled to Cologne, Tenerife, Guernsey, Mallorca and Riga. He joins them again in Trieste in 2020.

Andrew directs Ely Choral Society, the Ely Youth Choir and Wymondham Symphony Orchestra, which this season will have performed in 15 varied concerts.

Andrew's compositions, both sacred and secular, have been performed in venues as widespread as St Paul's Cathedral, St Thomas' 5th Avenue in New York, St Petersburg and Krakow. His Fenland Images, premiered in Ely Cathedral in 2017, was included in WSO's concert in the 2019 Wymondham Festival, in which the orchestra was joined by Ely Choral Society.

Free admission.