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The Organ Project’s Organ Recital Series: Joel Colyer

Thu 2 Dec 2021 7:30pm

St Mary’s Church, Portsea

Booking Details: Admission is free with a retiring collection

For further details see the St Mary’s Music Foundation / The Organ Project website.

St Mary’s Music Foundation / The Organ Project

Please do join us for a socially-distanced concert and enjoy the opportunity to listen to our temporary organ (Viscount Regent 356) in concert. Console cameras and our large projector screen will be installed for a close up of the performance.

Our J.W. Walker & Sons pipe organ is currently being restored by Nicholson & Co. Ltd, we hope to celebrate its re-dedication in early 2022. We still need your support, please consider playing and sponsoring one or more of our 2,622 pipes:

Joel Colyer was born in Manchester in 2003 and lived there for 18 years before taking up the organ scholarship at Portsmouth Cathedral in September 2021. He studied at Chetham’s School of Music from September 2014 to July 2021, initially studying viola and piano, and then transferred to learning organ and viola. Whilst at Chetham’s, Joel studied organ with Christopher Stokes, and viola with Sebastian Muller.

Previously he has worked as the Assistant Director of Music at St Paul’s Heaton Moor in Stockport, Greater Manchester, which involved playing for the majority of services and from time to time giving recitals and conducting the choir.

Day to day duties in Portsmouth involve playing for a share of services and assisting with chorister training, in addition to work as a department assistant in the music department of the Portsmouth Grammar School.

In January 2021, Joel attained the diploma of Colleague of the Royal College of Organists and was awarded the prizes for highest total marks, highest practical marks and highest written marks for that examination period.

When he has time, he plays viola with the Havant and Solent Symphony Orchestras, and enjoys playing keyboard in the orchestra pit at the theatre. In terms of the future, it is his ambition to continue to develop his abilities as an organist whilst pursuing further education in Chemistry at university in London.

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