THE ACADEMY of ST OLAVE’S  John Scott Whiteley

John Scott Whiteley won first prize in the 1976 National Organ Competition of Great Britain and is an internationally renowned recitalist.

John Scott Whiteley

Organ Soloist

John Scott Whiteley won first prize in the 1976 National Organ Competition of Great Britain and is an internationally renowned recitalist.

John Scott Whiteley has subsequently performed extensively as a solo recitalist in most of the major British Cathedrals and concert halls.  In 1983 he made his début at the Royal Festival Hall and has twice been selected to give the major recital for the UK Annual Conference of the Incorporated Association of Organists.  He has also played in concert series and festivals in Belgium, Denmark, Holland, Poland, Switzerland, Germany and Italy.  In 1985 John undertook his first tour of North America and he now visits the U.S.A. every year.

In the year 2000, in a series of thirteen recitals, John performed the complete organ works of J.S. Bach in York Minster.  This was one of the first series to attempt to present Bach’s organ music on a chronological basis, and it led to an invitation to televise all of Bach’s organ music for BBC2, a project on which he is currently engaged.

For twenty-five years John Scott Whiteley was Assistant Organist at York Minster where, last year, he was appointed Organist and Director of the Girl Choristers.  Since 1978 he has served as Professor of Organ at the university of Hull and he has recently given master classes and adjudicated at the Royal Northern College of Music.  In 1998 John was elected a member of the Council of the Royal College of Organists, for whom he gave the Harvey Grace Recital in March of this year.

John’s York Ambisonics CD Great Romantic Organ Music appeared for eight years in the Penguin Good CD Guide as one of the best recorded organ recitals.  Some of his ten CDs recorded for Prioy Records have received a number of accolades in The Gramophone while Music from Prague & Vienna played on the organ of Hadersley Cathedral was selected as one of the top ten organ CDs for 1991 and his recording of the complete organ works of Jongen won a 1993 Critic’s Choice award.  His recording at St. Ouen, Rouen, of the organ symphony by Pierre Cochereau was released in 1999 in commemoration of the centenary of the death of Aristide Cavaillé-Coll.  More recently John has joined the team of transcribers of Cochereau’s improvisations, engaged by the Belgian publisher, Chantraine.

John Scott Whiteley has been broadcast by the BBC, the Australian Broadcasting Commission, West German Radio and the American Public Radio Network on the nationwide programme Pipedreams, which transmitted a complete programme of his playing in 1999.

 

September 2002

John Scott Whiteley
Concerto and solo performances with the Academy of St Olave’s

Saturday 14 September 2002

POULENC: Concerto for Organ, Timpani and Strings

Saturday 26 March 1988

POULENC: Concerto for Organ, Timpani and Strings

Palm Sunday 31 March 1985

BACH: The Passion of Our Lord according to St Matthew
York Musical Society, Conductor Philip Moore
Organ: John Scott Whiteley