Ashley Grote - Master of Music
Ashley has held the post of Master of Music at Norwich Cathedral since September 2012. He is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Cathedral music department, directing the boys’ and girls’ choirs in their busy programme of choral services, concerts, broadcasts and recordings, and is also conductor of Norwich Cathedral Chamber Choir.
Born in 1982, Ashley was a chorister at King’s College, Cambridge from 1990-95 and returned as organ scholar from 2001-04. As organ scholar at King’s he performed internationally with the world-famous choir and accompanied numerous recordings, radio and television broadcasts. Ashley has subsequently held posts as organist-in-residence at Tonbridge School (2004-05), Assistant Organist of Westminster Abbey (2005-08) and Assistant Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral (2008-2012).
Ashley is in demand as an organ soloist, having studied with Nicolas Kynaston in London since 2002. He has performed throughout the UK, USA and Europe with recent concerts in Italy, Germany and Sweden. His first solo disc, of organ symphonies by Louis Vierne, was released in June 2012 and described by Gramophone magazine as a ‘top-notch recording’.
David Dunnett - Organist
David has been organist at Norwich Cathedral since January 1996 and was also Master of Music from 1996-2007.
He was educated at King Edward’s School, Birmingham and Clare College, Cambridge where he assisted Tim Brown and studied the organ with John Pryer, John Bishop and David Sanger. He continued studying with David Sanger as a postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music and also spent a year as Organist of Marylebone Parish Church. He worked in the United States as Director of Chapel Music and Staff Accompanist at the College of Wooster, Ohio, before becoming Assistant Director of Music at Uppingham School.
He became Sub-Organist at Winchester Cathedral in November 1991 and subsequently performed with Winchester Cathedral Choir in concerts, broadcasts, recordings and tours to Brazil, USA and Australia. He assisted David Hill with the Waynflete Singers, taught at Southampton University and is a previous conductor of the Southampton University Chamber Choir and Winchester Music Club.
David is a busy organ recitalist both here and abroad and also regularly accompanies singers and instrumentalists on the organ, harpsichord and piano. He features on numerous recordings as conductor, soloist and accompanist and has given recitals in Europe, USA and Russia. He is the Choral Conductor of the Norwich Philharmonic Society, a previous part time lecturer at the UEA and a busy examiner.
Jonathan Stamp - Organ Scholar
Originally from Nottingham, Jonathan started to learn the organ in 2007 with Timothy Uglow at Worksop College. After this he was offered a scholarship to study organ with Henry Fairs at Birmingham Conservatoire, graduating with first class honours. During his studies he passed the examinations for both ARCO and FRCO, received the Corton-Hyde early music scholarship, as well as a bursary from the Macdonald Foundation.
Jonathan has held the post of organ scholar at St Philip’s Cathedral, Birmingham as well as the role of accompanist to the City of Wolverhampton Choir. He has also accompanied the Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir in a recording of lesser-known Howells works entitled ' When First Thine Eies Unveil', released in August 2014.
Jonathan has performed on both organ and harmonium with the City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Orchestra and as a soloist in Holy Trinity, Gosport, St Michael and All Angels, Croydon, St Swithun’s, Worcester and St Chad’s and Chelmsford Cathedrals.
As well as fulfilling the role of organ scholar of Norwich Cathedral, Jonathan is the Musical Director of Barton Turf Choral Society.