Peter Wright

(Southwark Cathedral)


Programme  (Back to 2019/2020 Season)

Dankpsalm (Op. 145, No. 2) - Max Reger (1873-1916)

Chorale Prelude: - J S Bach (1685-1750)

“Mit Fried’ und Freud’ ich fahr dahin” (BWV 616)

Praeludium in F sharp minor (BuxWV 146) - Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)

Deux danses à Agni Yavishta - Jehan Alain (1911-1940)

Two Pièces de Fantaisie - Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

Feux follets

        Clair de lune

Concert Fantasy on the tune of ‘Hanover’ (Op. 4) - Edwin Lemare (1866-1934)


Peter Wright was born in Hertfordshire. He was educated at Highgate School and then
spent two years as Organ Exhibitioner at the Royal College of Music, studying with Richard Popplewell (Organ) and Angus Morrison (Piano) and gaining various prizes and diplomas. In 1973 he went to Emmanuel College, Cambridge, as Organ Scholar where he continued his organ studies with Dame Gillian Weir and with Flor Peeters in Belgium.

Following this Peter Wright became Sub-Organist at Guildford Cathedral and was then Organist and Director of Music at Southwark Cathedral from 1989-2019. In March 2014 the Bishop of Southwark awarded him an Honorary Lay Canonry to mark his 25 years in the post. Under his direction the Choir recorded many CDs and undertook three tours to the USA and several to the Continent. They sang at the PROMS and in John Rutter’s annual Christmas Concert at the Royal Albert Hall and broadcast regularly on television and radio.

Much in demand as an organ recitalist and choral conductor, both here and abroad, Peter enjoys a wide and varied repertoire. In addition he plays regularly with the country’s leading orchestras, both solo and continuo; most recently with the City of London Sinfonia, conducted by Stephen Layton, in Poulenc’s Organ Concerto. He has travelled widely in Europe, Japan and South Africa and has just returned from a tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Peter Wright is a trustee of the Nicholas Danby Trust which seeks to support young organists of outstanding promise by awarding scholarships and bursaries for conservatoire study within Europe. In May 2011 he was awarded the prestigious FRSCM, in recognition of his work at Southwark and for church music in general, and he is also an Honorary Fellow of the Guild of Church Musicians. Now a Vice-President of the Royal College of Organists, Peter Wright became a member of the Council in 1990 and was Chief Examiner from 1997 before becoming President (2005-2008).

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