Basic Noise

Martin Stacey

Born and raised in Somerset, Martin was an organ scholar at Queen's College, Taunton, before joining the Royal Academy of Music where he studied under Nicholas Danby and Naji Hakim among others, winning all the major prizes for organ and early-music. With support from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust he furthered his studies with Nicolas Kynaston and Dame Gillian Weir. Today, his regular concert appearances in the UK, Europe and Scandinavia have established a reputation amongst the foremost exponents of his generation of organists. Engagements in the last few years have included concerts at major venues in the UK, Portugal and Greece as well as several concert-tours of Finland, some of which have been broadcast on national radio in each country.

In addition to performing, Martin has lectured at Trinity College of Music (London) and the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki) in early Iberian keyboard music, English romantic organ music and historical notation. He has been Director of Music at St. Dominic's Priory in London for fourteen years where he has established regular recitals on the famous Willis organ, and installed a smaller Victorian instrument in the Lady Chapel. For the last eighteen months he has also been Director of Music at St Augustine of Canterbury in Highgate, managing both churches on Sunday mornings. Martin has collaborated with Jennifer Bate in two world-premiere recordings of organ duets by Mendelssohn and also recorded organ music by Neil Wright and David Bevan for Priory Records.

His own compositions are receiving considerable attention worldwide and have received premieres in the USA, Finland and France. Totentanz (a work commissioned by Choir & Organ magazine) is currently a set-work on the syllabus for the FRCO examination and his hour-long organ symphony The Hymn of the Pearl was featured in last year's Annual Festival of Contemporary Church Music in London. In 2006 Martin founded AFNOM (the Annual Festival of New Organ Music) to promote the work of contemporary composers of organ music.

After a year in the post of organist at Bradfield College in Berkshire, Martin spent two years in sales before resuming a varied musical career. He currently teaches class-music and Spanish in North London schools, organ at University College School in Hampstead alongside private piano and theory tuition. Having just returned from another concert tour of Finland and a recital on the new organ in Menestario de Jeronimos (Lisbon, Portugal) recitals in the coming months include St Dominic's Priory (London) alongside other venues throughout the UK.



© 2012 Martin Stacey