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Martyn Rawles


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 Winchester College.

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.


Michael Higgins

Past accompanists with Paul Spicer include:

Nigel Argust

Michael Higgins
(Director of Music at St John's Wimbledon)

Darren Hogg

Rupert Jeffcoat

Alex Mason
(now Director of Chapel Music at Shrewsbury School)

Stuart Nicholson
(now Organist at St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin)

Robert Sharpe
(now Director of Music York Minster)