Music in Durham

New organist appointed at Durham Cathedral

Daniel Cook outside Durham Cathedral

Daniel Cook, who is currently sub-organist at Westminster Abbey has been appointed to replace James Lancelot as Organist and Master of the Choristers at Durham Cathedral. James has been at Durham for 32 years – I first encountered him when I was an undergraduate in the early 90s, as he also conducted the university choral society for many years. I particularly remember the pleasure of being introduced to Bach’s B-Minor Mass by him, and his daft warm-ups that were clearly intended to amuse small boys (happily now under James’s watch, small boys and small girls).

It’s a huge post to fill, but it’s also a homecoming for Daniel Cook, as he grew up in Hartlepool and had organ lessons at the cathedral with former sub-organist Keith Wright, so Durham’s mighty Harrison & Harrison organ will be completely familiar to him. He’ll also be finding familiar faces in the cathedral, as he follows our Dean, Andrew Tremlett, and his adorable cat Badger, from Westminster:Twitter @DCathCat so excited that DCOrganist is coming to Durham. I know him from my time @wabbey

I expect there will be plenty of musical events to mark both James’s departure and Daniel’s arrival: keep an eye on the events pages here, for details of any recitals. As a regular member of the congregation, I look forward to welcoming Daniel at the Cathedral and to hearing his music making.

More information:

Daniel Cook outside Durham Cathedral


More Posts

DUPO’s Picture Gallery

DUPO Symphony and Chamber orchestras paint vivid musical pictures in a concert bursting with colour and passion.

Composer Ailsa Dixon in woodland

Introducing Ailsa Dixon’s Music

Composer Ailsa Dixon studied at Durham in the 1950s. Ahead of a concert celebrating her music, her daughter Josie Dixon tells Ailsa’s story and introduces the music on the programme.

EXAUDI – In dew of roses

Stunning vocal music spanning six centuries, including brand new compositions by A-level students at St Leonards RC comprehensive school