Stephen Farr

Stephen Farr

‘Farr’s playing is always alert to the textural nuances [...] thoroughly enthralling’
BBC Music Magazine

Biography

Stephen Farr is Director of Music at St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge, and at Worcester College, Oxford, posts which he combines with a varied career as soloist, continuo player, and conductor. He was Organ Scholar of Clare College, Cambridge, graduating with a double first in Music and an MPhil in musicology. He then held appointments at Christ Church, Oxford, and at Winchester and Guildford Cathedrals.

A former student of David Sanger and a prizewinner at international competition level, he has an established reputation as one of the leading recitalists of his generation, and has appeared in the UK in venues including the Royal Albert Hall (where he gave the premiere of Judith Bingham’s The Everlasting Crown in the BBC Proms 2011); Bridgewater Hall; Symphony Hall, Birmingham; Westminster Cathedral; King’s College, Cambridge, St Paul’s Celebrity Series and Westminster Abbey: he also appears frequently on BBC Radio 3 as both performer and presenter.

He has performed widely in both North and South America (most recently as guest soloist and director at the Cartagena International Music Festival), in Australia, and throughout Europe.

He has a particular commitment to contemporary music, and has been involved in premieres of works by composers including Patrick Gowers, Francis Pott and Robert Saxton; he also collaborated with Thomas Adès in a recording of Under Hamelin Hill, part of an extensive and wide-ranging discography.

His concerto work has included engagements with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra and the London Mozart Players; he made his debut in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in 2005. He has also worked with many other leading ensembles including the Berlin Philharmonic (with whom he appeared in the premiere of Jonathan Harvey’s Weltethos under Sir Simon Rattle in October 2011), Florilegium, the Bach Choir, Holst Singers, BBC Singers, Polyphony, The English Concert, London Baroque Soloists, City of London Sinfonia, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Wallace Collection, Endymion Ensemble, the Philharmonia, Academy of Ancient Music, Britten Sinfonia and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

www.stephenfarr.co.uk

Reviews

‘superbly crafted, invigorating performances, combining youthful vigour and enthusiasm with profound musical insight and technical fluency’
Gramophone

‘Farr’s playing is always alert to the textural nuances [...] thoroughly enthralling’
BBC Music Magazine

Discography

This Christmas Night: Contemporary Carols
$9.99
The Choir of Worcester College, Oxford & Stephen Farr Resonus Classics is proud to release ..
J.S. Bach: Clavier-Übung III
$12.99
Stephen Farr (organ) The internationally acclaimed organist Stephen Farr presents his first J.S..
Jacquet's Ghost: Stephen Farr at Trinity College Cambridge
$9.99
Stephen Farr at the Metzler Organ of Trinity College, Cambridge Following on from his acclaimed..
Judith Bingham: Organ Works
$14.99
Stephen Farr (organ) Resonus Classics is proud to present the acclaimed organist Stephen Farr i..
Judith Bingham: The Everlasting Crown
$7.99
Stephen Farr (organ) Premiered at London's Royal Albert Hall during the 2011 BBC Proms, Judith ..
Kenneth Leighton: Complete Organ Works
$20.99
Stephen Farr (organ & harpsichord), with John Butt (organ), Chloë Hanslip (violin) & Nick..
Kenneth Leighton: Organ Works, Volume 1
$9.99
Stephen Farr (organ) Renowned organist Stephen Farr returns to the Resonus label with the first..
Kenneth Leighton: Organ Works, Volume 2
$9.99
Stephen Farr (organ) Following on from the critical success of the first volume, celebrated org..
Nowell sing we: Contemporary Carols, Volume 2
$9.99 $7.49
Choir of Worcester College, Oxford & Stephen Farr Following on from the universal critical ..
Polyphonia in Excelsis: Sacred Music by Claudio Dall'Albero
$9.99
The Choir of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge & David Skinner (director) The celebrated Cho..
The Virtuoso Organist: Tudor and Jacobean Masterworks
$9.99
Stephen Farr (organ) with The Gentlemen of the Choir of Sidney Sussex College directed by David S..