The Assistant Organist

John Hosking

JH1John Hosking is Assistant Director of Music at St. Asaph Cathedral. He was born in Cornwall and initial organ studies were with Peter Jolley and David Briggs. In 1994, he moved to London to take up the Organ Scholarship at the Royal Parish Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, also being awarded the Robertshaw Exhibition from the Royal College of Organists to study with Martin Baker.

A prize-winning student at the Royal College of Music, John continued his studies with the late Nicholas Danby and Margaret Philips. He was appointed Organ Scholar of Westminster Abbey in 1996 and is the only person to have ever held this post for three years. During this time he played the organ for many Royal and State occasions, gave 20 solo recitals in the Abbey and worked with ensembles such as the BBC Singers and London Brass. His playing at the Memorial Service for the poet laureate, Ted Hughes was highly commended by Alfred Brendel.

In much demand as a soloist and accompanist, John has given recitals in most of the major venues in the UK as well as performing in the USA, Canada, Sweden and Germany. He has broadcast on BBC1, BBC2, Radio 3 and Radio 4, made 3 solo organ recordings and made his solo recital debut in the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Paris in March 2015.

John’s recent step into the world of composition has been met with much enthusiasm from performers and listeners alike. He has received commissions from Chester, Bangor and Peel Cathedrals, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and various other choral groups. Two of his compositions received media attention from the BBC and 2013 saw the premiere of two major works: the Requiem was performed in the North Wales International Music Festival and “The Seven Trumpets”, a large-scale work scored for Chorus, Organ and Chamber Orchestra was premiered by the St. Asaph and Colwyn Choral Societies. His organ suite, “Hommage à Paris”, commissioned and premiered by Martin Baker, was reviewed as “effective and dramatic” [Choir and Organ] and has recently been recorded on the organ at Gloucester Cathedral.

All of John’s music is published by the Chichester Music Press at www.chichestermusicpress.co.uk