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Oliver Morrell - Junior Organ Scholar

Oliver Morrell is the Junior Organ Scholar at Durham Cathedral, taking up the position in November 2018. He combines this role with undergraduate music studies at Durham University. Under the direction of Daniel Cook he regularly accompanies and conducts the Cathedral's various choirs in services, and has responsibility for teaching the probationers and choristers.

Born in Kent, and educated at St Olave's Grammar School, his formative musical training came from the five years he spent as a Chorister at the Queen's Chapel of the Savoy, where he held the position of Head Chorister.

At school he developed an interest in choral directing, through founding his own choral group (which specialised in the performance of Renaissance-era repertoire) and directing the Chapel Choir (both from the age of 14). He also played the organ at weekly whole-school assemblies and served as répétiteur for various theatrical productions.

From school, he went on to hold the Tenor Choral Scholarship at Gloucester Cathedral (2017–18). During this time, he studied with Bronwen Mills and sang at the daily services, various other concerts and at the Three Choirs Festival (Hereford, 2018). He also gained experience regularly directing rehearsals of the other Choral Scholars, accompanying rehearsals of the Saint Cecilia Singers (directed by Jonathan Hope and Ben Sawyer), and assisting with the running of the Cathedral Junior Choir and Primary School Outreach Programme.

An accomplished solo performer, he has given recitals as an organist, singer and pianist, and has acted and sung in various theatrical productions at university and school. Also interested in composition, he has had works premiered at the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music.