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From September 2016, I took up the role of Organist at St Mark's Natland, near Kendal.

Because I am committed to Natland on Sundays, I am  really only available to play the organ elsewhere on weekdays. (Please enquire).

Photograph of Stephen Mott playing the organ at Durham Cathedral

The fees for the work Natland are set by the church. Fees for organ playing work through this website are to be agreed with me.    

 

Pictured right: playing the organ for Evensong at Durham Cathedral, 2002.

 

I can offer the following services:

 

Background Information

I have been a church organist for many years. I took a Grade 8 in organ performance some years ago and followed it with the Archbishops’ Certificate in Church Music when I studied liturgy, church music history, and took the practical examination for Choir training and choral accompaniment. My practical exam was with the Choir of St Paul’s Shipley (Shipley Parish Church, West Yorkshire). I have had recent tuition from the RCO Organ school.

Prior to my post at Natland, I was Organist at Grasmere from  May 2011 to June 2016, and before that  a “locum” organist in Cumbria. From 2000 to 2005 I was organist of both  Bothal and Longhirst churches in Northumberland. My previous substantive post was Organist and Director of Music at Shipley Parish Church (St Paul’s) in Yorkshire where I ran an all-age Choir, oversaw the instrumental group and developed a pre-school music club called “The Churpies”.

I have also given occasional organ recitals, but I am not currently offering this while I am undertaking further study. I have also played for Choral evensong on two separate occasions at Durham Cathedral when I accompanied a school chamber choir in 2002 and 2003.

I have enjoyed playing some very fine church organs for pleasure over the years – including those at Lincoln Minster, York Minster, Beverley Minster, Durham Cathedral and St Giles’ Edinburgh.I have also played organs in Salzburg Cathedral and St Francois-de-Sales, Lyon.

Pictures show the inside and the organ of St Mark's Church, Natland near Kendal.

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