Roger Sayer is Organist and Director of Music at Temple Church in London.
The series celebrates the completion of the 1861 Nicholson Organ and the unveiling of the Cathedral’s new en-chamade “Trompete de Maris”.
Roger Sayer is Organist and Director of Music at The Temple Church, London, having previously held the same position at Rochester Cathedral. He is also Deputy Chorus Director and Accompanist to the London Symphony Chorus.
In his early years, Roger was an organ student at St Paul’s Cathedral and also won many prizes for organ playing as a student at the Royal College of Music. Notably his success as a prize winner in the 1989 St Albans International Organ Competition led to a career of international recital tours which take him all over the world. He has made many recordings both as organist and conductor which have received wide critical acclaim. In 2005 he completed the complete organ works of Bach. Roger’s first recording with the Temple Church Choir, A Knight’s Progress, features Our Present Charter by the American Composer, Nico Muhly, written for the Choir to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta. The CD includes additional music by Haydn, Parry, Walton and Vaughan Williams.
Under his direction the Temple Church Choir has performed live on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, the Cadogan Hall, in Washington DC and Holland. In July this year, he toured Singapore and Australia with the recently-formed Temple Church Boys’ Choir with whom he recently recorded a new CD, Treblesome, released on Orchid Classics in October. Roger is organ soloist on the soundtrack of the blockbuster film Interstellar and recently performed the score live at the Royal Albert Hall. His organ performances and recordings are numerous. Roger has just completed a recording of the twenty sonatas of Rheinberger.
The programme for the concert at Portsmouth Cathedral includes Bach, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Duruflé, Alain, and more.