It is a very great pleasure to welcome Andrew Cantrill-Fenwick back to Grimsby to play the September organ recital, part of our regular monthly organ recital series on Thursday, 5 September at 12.30pm at Grimsby Minster. Admission is free with a retiring collection. Andrew was Organist and Master of the Choristers at what was then Grimsby Parish Church from 1993-1996 and is remembered as both a gifted choir-trainer and as an outstanding organist. His programme has been crafted to get the most out of the Minster Organ, with which he was so familiar. Andrew is one of the UK’s most experienced and versatile church musicians. His career has taken him to three continents, working in schools, churches and cathedrals, and he has appeared in some of the world’s most prestigious venues as conductor and organist. He is a Fellow, prize winner, former Trustee, Councillor and Regional Consultant of the Royal College of Organists, tutor for the RCO Academy and examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. He has served as organist of Hampstead Parish Church, London and The Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, Suffolk.
Andrew was educated at Reigate Grammar School, Barnard Castle School and Durham University, and studied the organ with Lady Susi Jeans, Peter Wright, James Lancelot and Gerre Hancock. Appointed Master of the Choristers at Grimsby Parish Church at the age of just 23, Andrew went on to hold similar positions at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, New Zealand, St Paul’s Cathedral, Buffalo, NY, USA, and Croydon Minster, London.
Andrew’s choirs have attracted international acclaim. The Yorkshire Post described the Choristers of Grimsby Parish Church as: “a revelation – the only parish church choir in Britain able to take on the big hitters of the International recording market and leave them all standing” and The Diapason judged the choir of Wellington Cathedral “to be ranked among the finest exemplars of the Anglican choral tradition anywhere in the world”.
As an organist, Andrew has broadcast on Concert FM (Radio NZ), NPR (USA) and BBC Radio 3. In New Zealand, he appeared regularly as a concerto soloist with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, including a live radio & TV broadcast for the 250th anniversary of the death of JS Bach. His recording of virtuoso French organ music from Wellington Cathedral ‘Fete’ was hailed as: “music to convert the stoniest of hearts to the cause of the French organ school, and Cantrill presents it all so fetchingly… he is a formidable musician, and his feeling for timbre and texture makes the CD just so inviting.” (NZ Herald). His recital career has taken him around the globe, with recent concerts including Bath Abbey; the Marktkirche, Wiesbaden; Liverpool Anglican Cathedral; Altenberg Cathedral; Santa Maria di Castello, Reggio Emilia; St Aposteln, Cologne; St Michaelis, Hamburg; and recitals in Denmark. He featured in the BBC’s Britten Centenary Celebrations, and has appeared as soloist in both the Edinburgh and Cheltenham Festivals.