John Hosking

Saturday 21st September 2013

John is not only an exceptionally talented organist but is fast developing into a very successful composer. During this special recital we are able to experience and enjoy both his playing and his composing with the world première of his Requiem sung by the Sirenian Singers.

JOHN HOSKING was born in Cornwall in 1976 and studied the organ with Peter Jolley and David Briggs. At the age of 18 he was awarded the Organ Scholarship at the Royal Parish Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, also winning the Robertshaw Exhibition from the Royal College of Organists to study with Martin Baker.

A student at the Royal College of Music from 1995-1999, John was appointed the Organ Scholar of Westminster Abbey in 1996 and is the only person to have ever held this post for a period of three years. During this time he accompanied the Abbey Choir on many Royal and State occasions, broadcast on BBC Radio and gave 20 solo recitals in the Abbey. Upon graduating, John acted as Assistant Organist at Lincoln and Truro Cathedrals, before being appointed Master of the Choristers at Bramdean School in Exeter.

In much demand as a recitalist and accompanist, John has given concerts in Sweden, Germany, Canada and America and broadcast on BBC 1, BBC 2, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and worldwide on the Sky News and CNN programmes. He appears on several commercial CDs as soloist and accompanist, and is currently awaiting the release of his third solo CD, recorded on the organ at St. Asaph Cathedral with the Regent label. John has been Assistant Organist of St. Asaph Cathedral since September 2004, in which role he acts as Principal Accompanist to the Cathedral Choir. He is also Organist of St. Winefride's Roman Catholic Church in St. Asaph and Accompanist to the St. Asaph Choral Society.

Increasingly active as a composer, John has recently completed commissions for the St. Asaph Choral Society, Cor Meibion Trelawnyd and the Choir of Bangor Cathedral. His Christmas Carol, "In a lowly stable's manger" was featured by the BBC in Christmas 2011 and he has just completed a large-scale work entitled "The Seven Trumpets", which will be premiered in December 2013. His compositions will gradually be published by the Chichester Music Press, at www.chichestermusicpress.co.uk.