The Organ Project: Organ Recital Series – Tom Bell (Royal College of Organists)

Tom Bell is Artistic Director of the London Organ Day, practices as an independent organ adviser, and until 2018 served as Organist and Choirmaster at St.Michael’s Chester Square in central London. He writes occasionally and amongst others his work has appeared in BBC Music Magazine and Organists’ Review. He was taught by Kevin Bowyer (Manchester, RNCM), Jacques van Oortmerssen (Amsterdam) and Ann Elise Smoot (London).

Tom has gained a reputation as an innovator, collaborating in recent years with poets, dancers, visual artists and folk musicians. He enjoys working in duet with Richard Brasier; together they commission and arrange new works which push the boundaries of organ duo.

He regularly teaches on residential courses for young organists, and gives masterclasses widely, recently in Singapore, Sydney, Curtis Institute Philadelphia and Birmingham Conservatoire.

Tom’s students have won scholarships at prestigious universities and cathedrals across the UK. He also has a commitment to working with amateur organists, and for some years has enjoyed teaching village organists in rural Kent. Organist to the renowned Eton Organworks project from 2007-2017, Tom has lead or developed several other education projects and recently co-founded the exciting Inspiring Organists initiative in conjunction with the Royal College of Organists. During 2017 Tom has developed with Richard Brasier an event for children named Stops Away! which has been presented twice at the DeMontfort Hall in Leicester, at the Royal Hospital School, and at Symphony Hall in Birmingham. He continues his educational work as a Director of the Royal College of Organists.

Tom Bell’s playing has been described as “invigorating” (Sunday Times), “compelling” (Organists’ Review) and “brilliant” (American Record Guide). Tom has built a vibrant portfolio encompassing work as a performer, recording artist, teacher and animateur.

The historic restoration of the 1889 J.W. Walker & Sons Ltd. pipe organ in St Mary’s Church, Portsea, began in October 2020, undertaken by Nicholson & Co Ltd. of Malvern, with expert guidance from Dr. William McVicker, and funding support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. At Easter 2022, the restoration programme was completed.

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