Daniel Justin – Master of Music

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Daniel Justin was born in Bristol in 1990. He obtained a music scholarship to Downside School in Somerset aged 10, and began studying the organ with Christopher Tambling and Dr David Bednall. He continued his studies at The University of Huddersfield with Dr Graham Cummings, graduating in 2011 with a BMus (First Class honours), and in 2012 with a MMus (Merit). Daniel focused his postgraduate study towards improvisation, returning to study with Dr Bednall.

During his time at Huddersfield, Daniel held the Organ Scholarship at Wakefield Cathedral, working for a year as Assistant Director of Music. He moved to Leeds Cathedral as Assistant Organist in 2011, becoming Cathedral Organist in 2013. Daniel conducted Morley Music Society and Ecclesia, a Leeds based chamber choir. In 2015, he was appointed to be Director of Music for the Roman Catholic Diocese of East Anglia, and Master of Music at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich,

Daniel has played live on national television, and on BBC Radio 2, 3, and 4, and has performed regularly on the Radio 4 LW Daily Service. His playing can be heard on CDs from Wakefield and Leeds Cathedrals, more recently as an accompanist on the Brilliant Classics release of the complete choral works of Maurice Duruflé. Forthcoming releases include Daniel featuring as accompanist on a CD of Catholic Hymns, and a CD of the Choral music of Arvo Part, both from Leeds Cathedral. His debut solo CD of the Complete Original Organ Works of Sir Edward Elgar was released at the beginning of August 2015.

Contact Daniel via email – music@sjbcathedral.org.uk

Neil Ricketts – Cathedral Organist

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Neil Ricketts secured his first post as Organist at the age of thirteen. He graduated from the University of Reading in 1989.  Whilst there, Neil was Conductor of the University Chamber Orchestra, Musical Director of the University Singers and was twice winner of the Barnard Organ prize for solo performance.  Since moving to Norfolk in 1993, Neil has been Organist and Choirmaster at St Andrew’s Church, Eaton for ten years, Conductor of the Eaton Parishes Choir & Orchestra since 2003 as well as conductor of the Hethersett Singers from 2009-2012.  Neil was appointed Organist of St John’s RC Cathedral in Norwich in July 2013.

Additionally, Neil has been in demand as an accompanist, accompanying numerous local choirs, as well as instrumental soloists and professional jazz musicians/singers. Neil has also pursued a solo career performing with the Norwich Mozart Orchestra and is a regular recitalist on the cathedral circuit. His playing has been broadcast by the BBC on numerous occasions.