Music in Bloomsbury with Organists Online
Organ Day  25 January 2020
1.00 - 1.30 pm
(Sponsored by The Organ Club)

Paul Greally

Organ Scholar Elect:
King's College, Cambridge

Praeludium in E minor, 'The Great'

Nicolaus Bruhns (1665 - 1697)

Fantasia and Toccata in D minor op.57

Charles Villiers Stanford (1853 - 1924)

Fantasies on Hymn Tunes

Kenneth Leighton (1929 - 1988)

No 5: Veni Emmanuel
No 6: Toccata on Hanover

Paul Greally (b.2001) is a Joint 1st Study organist and composer at the Royal Academy of Music Junior Department where his teachers include Anne Marsden Thomas, Frederick Stocken and Edmund Jolliffe. He is the inaugural Harry Gabb Scholar of the Royal College of Organists, a scholarship set up to support studies from ARCO to FRCO. Paul was awarded the ARCO diploma at the age of 16 with three prizes: the highest mark in the practical section, the highest aggregate mark and the highest mark under 19 years of age and he is preparing to sit the FRCO in July 2020.

Paul is the organ scholar at Pinner Parish Church and he was the organist on their choir tour to St Patrick's Cathedral Dublin (2017) and Llandaff Cathedral (2019). He has given solo organ recitals in Leeds Town Hall, St Lawrence Jewry, St Mary’s Watford, St Peter’s Berkhamsted, St Laurence Upminster and as the winner of the junior section of the first London Organ Competition he gave recitals in the Royal Hospital School Holbrook and All Saints Oakham. Catherine Ennis has invited him to give a benefit recital in Shrewsbury Abbey in 2020.

Paul is a prizewinning composer. He won the Frank Martin Memorial Award in the 2015 National Composers’ Competition (EPTA) for his composition for jazz quartet, Seattle. In 2017 he won first prize in the Music Education Expo competition; his setting of Ave Maria for SATB was then premiered by The Schola Cantorum at the London Olympia Music & Drama Education Expo and published in Music Teacher magazine. In 2018 he won the BBC Proms Inspire Composers’ Competition (upper junior category) with Daddy Longlegs for clarinet, cello and piano, which was performed at a BBC Proms concert and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. This resulted in a commission from the BBC to write a piece to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing: the first performance by the BBC Singers of The Slow Moon Climbs was broadcast on BBC 3 in August 2019. Paul was invited to compose for the international project '250 piano pieces for Beethoven'. His piece Indecision was premiered in 2019 by the concert pianist, Susanne Kessel, in the Beethoven-Haus. It will be recorded on an album for the OBST label, and published by Editions Musica Ferrum.

Paul enjoys variety in his music-making. He gained a distinction in Grade 8 piano when he was 10 years old, and also has a distinction in Grade 8 drum kit. He is a keen jazz pianist and performed with NYJO London at the Roundhouse. Having perfect pitch and the ability to play by ear, he has an extensive repertoire of memorised music and is frequently invited to play for functions and weddings.

Paul is the organ scholar elect at King’s College Cambridge 2020.

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