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Accompanists

RICHARD ALLUM read Music at Durham University, where he was Senior Organ Scholar at University College. He studied piano with Barry Maleham and graduated with one of the highest final recital marks in the department's history. He has since been made a Licentiate of Trinity College London, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Royal Schools of Music.

Richard was a double prize-winner at the 2005 Oundle International Festival, a Hesse Scholar at the 2006 Aldeburgh Festival, and a Finalist in the European Piano Teachers' Association Piano Competition for three years running, winning First Prize in 2008. This led to a scholarship at the Birmingham International Piano Academy, where he studied with John Lill and Peter Donohoe. In recent years, he has participated in master classes with Noriko Ogawa, Murray Maclachlan, Steven Osborne and Andras Schiff.

Much in demand as an accompanist, Richard enjoys a number of exciting partnerships with leading singers and instrumentalists, and is also a founding member of The Little London Trio. Recent engagements have taken him to venues in the UK, France, Italy, and Australia.

Richard is Assistant Director of Music at Westbourne House School in Chichester, UK.

MARK WARDELL was Assistant Organist of Chichester Cathedral from 1997 to Christmas Day 2009, serving for five of these years as Director of Music at the Prebendal School, the cathedral’s choir school. He is currently Director of Music at Barrow Hills School in Surrey.

Mark has previously held positions at Royal Holloway College, from where he graduated winning the college’s Driver Prize for performance. He was also awarded the University of London’s James Prize for research into the 17th century manuscripts of Durham Cathedral. He then moved to St George’s Chapel, Windsor, where he was the Organ Scholar, during which time he also undertook performance studies at the Royal Academy of Music. Following his time at Windsor, Mark moved to Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, as the School Organist, a post held by a number of illustrious organists over the years. His work in Chichester involved him in numerous live BBC broadcasts and recordings, the Southern Cathedral Festivals (and ‘fringe’), and the Chichester Festivities.

Mark has featured as soloist and accompanist on numerous commercial recordings released by IPM Classics, Carlton, Pickwick, Lammas, and Guild & Priory. He is widely recognised as one of the foremost exponents of liturgical improvisation. At a recital in Chartres Cathedral, he concluded his performance with a 20 minute improvisation on the submitted plainsong theme ‘Salve Regina’. He is one of only a handful of British organists ever to have improvised at the end of a live broadcast of Choral Evensong on BBC Radio 3. In a CD review in 'The Organ' magazine, his performance was described as ‘English cathedral playing at its very best’.

Mark has played throughout Europe and South America, and has given recitals in most of the major venues in England. In South Africa, his engagements included St George’s Cathedral, Cape Town, and Pietermaritzburg Cathedral and Town Hall. He continues to have a busy freelance career, with recent performances in France, Rome (where he played in St Peter’s Basilica), Verona and Bruges. He also gave the ‘celebrity’ recital at the most recent Southern Cathedrals Festival in Chichester. Future engagements include performances in Dubrovnik and Bavaria.

Mark is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, who enjoys playing jazz piano, imbibing fine wines and cooking.

ANTHONY FROGGATT was Organist and Master of the Choristers at Portsmouth Cathedral for thirteen years, having previously been Assistant Organist at Guildford Cathedral. He now pursues a freelance career as an organist, playing in cathedrals throughout the UK, as a percussionist, regularly playing with the Southern Pro Musica, and as an examiner and adjudicator. In 2000 and 2007, he directed the choir at Magdalen College, Oxford, as Acting Organist.

He has examined in many countries worldwide as an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, last year visiting Saudi Arabia, Oman and South Africa, whilst plans for this year include visits to Hong Kong and China.

Following the widespread success of Resonate Eternally’, a CD album of music for violin and organ recorded in Chichester Cathedral with the Japanese violinist, Fuminori Shinozaki, a second CD was released in 2007, entitled ‘Flourish Eternally’ on the Akane label. The recording was made in Magdalen College Chapel.