Lunchtime Organ Recital: Gary Sieling

Wed, 26 April 2017 at 12.30pm

Gary Sieling

On Wednesday 26th April, Director of Music at St Mary the Virgin, Henley-On-Thames, Gary Sieling gives a lunchtime organ recital at St Albans Cathedral.

All are welcome; the recital will be around half an hour and admission is free, with a retiring collection in aid of Cathedral music funds.


Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor BWV 582     JS Bach (1685-1750)

Postlude on a Ground             Herbert Murrill (1909-1952)      

Recessional (on a Ground)     John Joubert (b.1927)

Passacaglia (from Prelude, Scherzo and Passacaglia Op. 41          Kenneth Leighton (1929-1988)  


Gary Sieling was born in Bedfordshire and educated at Dunstable Grammar School. He read for his BMus degree at the University of London, Goldsmiths’ College and while a student played for the debut of the London Cantata Choir with whom he is still associated. He studied organ with Peter Moorse, Nicholas Danby at the Royal College of Music, Dr Peter le Huray at St Catherine’s College Cambridge, and Jane Parker-Smith. He was awarded FRCO in 1981 and MA in Performance from Anglia Ruskin University in 1997, studying organ with Nicholas Kynaston at Caius College Cambridge.

Gary was organist of Dunstable Priory and then Assistant Master of Music at Peterborough Cathedral. During his time there he was Conductor of the Peterborough Philharmonic Society, Director of the St Peter’s Singers, and Founder and Associate Conductor of the City of Peterborough Symphony Orchestra. He also taught organ and piano at Oundle and Stamford Schools. He played for the Cathedral Choir on two tours of America in addition to regular TV and radio broadcasts and recordings.

After 6 years in London as Director of Music at Bromley Parish Church and All Saints Blackheath, Gary has now relocated to Reading to join the music staff at the Abbey School and take on the post of Director of Music at St Mary the Virgin, Henley-on-Thames. The church choir is of high standard, sang High Mass at Brussels Cathedral in 2015 and in Cologne Cathedral in 2016. Meanwhile, he also directs the chamber choir ‘FineChants’ and works as a freelance organist, harpsichordist, conductor, adjudicator, and examiner for the Royal College of Organists. He spent the summers of 2009 and 2011 as the Music Adjudicator to the Sri Lanka Performing Arts Festival. He is hoping to retire soon to take up a PhD course in Modern Harpsichord Music.

His recent CD recordings include one for Priory Records from Chelmsford Cathedral featuring the major organ works of Stanley Vann, sometime organist of Peterborough Cathedral, and the ‘Kenneth Leighton Memorial Album’ which Gary compiled and published. Gary has also recorded a CD of harpsichord and organ music at Bromley Parish Church. Organ concert venues in this country include St Paul’s, Canterbury and Westminster Cathedrals, King’s College Cambridge and Westminster Abbey. He has made ten international concert tours visiting Denmark, Germany, Italy and USA.




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