Martin Neary Festival Service Director
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Martin Neary was Organist and Master of the Choristers at Winchester Cathedral (1972-87) and at Westminster Abbey (1988-98). As a chorister of the Chapel Royal he sang at the 1953 Coronation, and he was later Organ Scholar of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. In 1963 he was a prize-winner at the first St Albans International Organ Competition, and quickly became recognised internationally as a concert organist, playing many times at the Royal Festival Hall and touring widely in the USA, Canada and throughout Europe, South Africa, Australia and the Far East. In 2004 he was organ soloist at the First Night of the BBC Proms.
As conductor, Martin Neary has championed the music of many contemporary composers, and he has also been much a part of the early music movement. His numerous recordings include a CD of Purcell: Music for Queen Mary, with the Abbey Choir and the New London Consort, which was nominated for a Grammy Award.
Martin Neary founded the English Chamber Singers (with whom he toured Australia, including performances at the Sydney Opera House), and he was the founder/conductor of the RSCM Millennium Youth Choir. He continues to pursue his career as organist, conductor, composer and writer both in the UK and in the USA.
Martin Neary has twice served as President of the Royal College of Organists and among his awards are a Lambeth Doctorate of music and his appointment as Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order, in recognition of his services at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales.