Martyn Rawles is the Organist at Lichfield Cathedral and Musical Director
of Lichfield Cathedral's Chamber Choir. He was a chorister at St. Mary
Redcliffe, Bristol, where he was inspired to take up the organ by Anthony
Pinel. He was subsequently the Burston Organ Scholar at St. Catharine's
College, Cambridge, where he read History, serving as Assistant Organist
at the Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs in his final year.
He then moved to Gloucester Cathedral, where he held the organ scholarship
for two years, before taking up the position of Assistant Organist at
Whilst at Winchester he passed his Fellowship examinations for the RCO,
winning the Durrant, Harding, Shinn, Turpin and Limpus prizes, and was
subsequently awarded a Silver Medal by the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
He returned to Gloucester as Acting Assistant Director of Music, accompanying
the cathedral choir and directing the Cathedral's Youth Choir, before
moving to Lichfield Cathedral as Sub-Organist in 2008. In 2010 he became
the Cathedral Organist. Whilst at Lichfield, he has broadcast on BBC
Radios 2, 3 and 4, as well as BBC1 and ITV television.
Besides his regular accompanying, conducting and administrative duties,
Martyn accompanies the Cathedral's Chorus, and teaches at Lichfield
Cathedral and Shrewsbury Schools. He is President of Lichfield and District
Organists' Association, taking an especial interest in their work to
educate and promote the organ to children and teenagers. Martyn is a
busy recitalist, and currently studies with Henry Fairs. His first solo
disc, part of Priory Records' 'Great European Organs' series, is scheduled
for release in the winter of 2013.
Past accompanists with Paul Spicer include:
(Director of Music at St John's Wimbledon)
(now Director of Chapel Music at Shrewsbury School)
(now Organist at St Patrick's Cathedral,
(now Director of Music York Minster)