Ashley Grote | Conductor – Come & Sing
Ashley Grote has held the post of Master of the Music at Norwich Cathedral since September 2012. He is responsible for the management of the Cathedral music department, directing the boys’ and girls’ choirs in their busy programme of choral services, concerts, broadcasts and recordings, and is also conductor of Norwich Cathedral Chamber Choir.
Ashley began his musical life as a chorister at King’s College, Cambridge 1990-95 and returned there as organ scholar 2001-04. As organ scholar at King’s, he performed internationally with the world-famous choir and accompanied numerous recordings, radio and television broadcasts including the annual ‘Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols’. Ashley has subsequently held posts as Organist-in-residence at Tonbridge School (2004-05), Assistant Organist of Westminster Abbey (2005-08) and Assistant Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral (2008-2012). During his time at Gloucester, he performed in the Three Choirs Festival, the Cheltenham Music Festival, with Gloucester and Bristol Choral Societies, the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic and Bournemouth Symphony orchestras. Ashley was also involved in the Edington Music Festival of Music within the Liturgy, first as Organist (2007-09) and then Festival Director (2010-12).
Ashley is in demand as an organ soloist, having studied with Nicolas Kynaston in London since 2002. He has performed throughout the UK, USA and Europe with recent concerts in Italy, Germany and Sweden. His first solo disc, of organ symphonies by Louis Vierne, was released in June 2012 and described by Gramophone magazine as a ‘top-notch recording’, A new recording of organ favourites from Norwich Cathedral was released in the autumn of 2015 by Priory Records. Forthcoming recital engagements include performances at King’s College, Cambridge, Winchester and Gloucester Cathedrals, Edington Priory and Helsinki Cathedral. As a composer and arranger, Ashley’s work is published by Oxford University Press, Stainer & Bell and Encore publications.
Plans for 2016 include Bach Mass in B minor and Handel Messiah with Norwich Cathedral Chamber Choir and Norwich Baroque, Bach St John Passion with Norwich Cathedral Choir, a new disc of English anthems with Norwich Cathedral Choir, and tours to Germany and Italy with the boy and girl choristers respectively.
Away from music, Ashley ran the London marathon in April 2015, raising just under £21,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, following his daughter’s successful treatment there for a brain tumour. He will be running the marathon for them again in 2016: www.justgiving.com/ashleymarathon2016. Please give generously if you are able!