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Philip Moore (organist)

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Name  Philip Moore

Role  Composer

Books  Lo! God Is Here!: For SATB Choir, Choral Octavo, The Organs of York Minster
Education  Royal College of Music, Maidstone Grammar School
Similar People  John Scott Whiteley, Francis Jackson, Richard Shephard, Edward Bairstow, Jonathan Vaughn

Philip moore on the bench with dr carol

Philip Moore (born 30 September 1943) is an English composer and organist.


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Concert at st peter s brighton guildford cathedral 1977 philip moore

Early life

Moore attended Maidstone Grammar School.


After studying at the Royal College of Music, he was Assistant Music Master and Organist at Eton College. He became Assistant Organist at Canterbury Cathedral in 1968. He was appointed Organist and Master of the Choristers at Guildford Cathedral in 1974. He succeeded Francis Jackson in 1983 as Organist and Master of the Music at York Minster, a post he held until his retirement in 2008. In 2015 he began a two-year term as President of the Royal College of Organists.

He has composed works for organ, including instrumental works, cantatas for choir and orchestra, and many pieces of Church music. These include anthems, for worship and carols.

Personal life

Moore has a son and two daughters.


In 2016, the Archbishop of Canterbury awarded him the Cranmer Award for Worship "for his contribution to the English choral tradition as a composer, arranger and performer".

Choral works

  • Requiem (2017), premiered by BBC Singers with Stephen Farr (organ)
  • Alternative Canticles( for the Holst Singers).
  • Three Prayers of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • I will lift up mine eyes (2012, for Matthew Owens and the choir of Wells Cathedral)
  • God be in my head (2011, for Lee Dunleavy and the choir of All Saints' Church, Northampton)
  • O praise God in his holiness (2007, commissioned by Exultate Singers for the Bristol-based choir's fifth birthday)
  • Holy is the true light (2006)
  • A Canticle of Light (2002)
  • God is our hope and strength (2001 for St Mary Redcliffe Church Choir, Bristol)
  • Lo! God is here! (1997, for John Scott and the choir of St Paul's Cathedral)
  • Preces and Responses (published 1995, for Guildford Cathedral)
  • Lo! That is a marvellous change (1991, anthem for men's voices)
  • O Lord, support us (1991)
  • In paradisum (1988)
  • It is a thing most wonderful (1987)
  • All Wisdom Cometh from the Lord (1983)
  • God is gone up (1980)
  • References

    Philip Moore (organist) Wikipedia