Clive Driskill-Smith is one of the leading organists of his generation. Hailed as a "star of a new generation" (Evening Standard), critics have praised his "blazing technique" and "unbelievable virtuosity" (American Guild of Organists) and described his performances as "intensely moving" and "truly breathtaking" (Organo Pleno Melbourne).
Winner of the Royal College of Organists' Performer of the Year Competition in 2000 and the Calgary International Organ Competition in 2002, Clive has performed in the UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Finland, South Africa, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Canada, the USA, South America, Australia and New Zealand. In North America, he is represented by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists.
Director of the Cathedral Singers
John Padley was born in Shrewsbury and received his early musical training as a chorister at hereford Cathedral where he was also taught the organ by Dr Roy Massey. On leaving school, he was appointed organist of St. George's Cathedral, Jerusalem with its magnificent Rieger organ. Following this, he continued his training at Cardiff and London universities. He moved to Sherborne in 1987 as Assistant Organist of Sherborne Abbey and was appointed Organist and Choirmaster in 1999, a post he held until 2002. at the same time, John worked at Sherborne School and ran the well-known Chapel Choir with whom he toured widely including singing in St. Mark's, Venice and St. Peter's, Rome. He became the Cathedral Singers' Director in 2003.
Senior Organ Scholar
Junior Organ Scholar Elect
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