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Francesca Massey - Sub-Organist

Francesca took up the post of Sub-Organist of Durham Cathedral in 2011.

In addition to the daily provision of music for services and training of the choristers, she regularly accompanies the Cathedral Choir in concerts, tours, broadcasts and recordings. Born in Birmingham, Francesca was educated at Cambridge University and the Royal Northern College of Music (as an ABRSM Scholar) and has held Organ Scholarships at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and Manchester Cathedral as well as being Assistant Organist at Great St. Mary's Church, Cambridge, and Assistant Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral.

At the age of 19, Francesca gained all of the top prizes in the FRCO diploma and has since been awarded the WT Best Memorial Scholarship and Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, and the Musicians Benevolent Fund’s Ian Fleming Award. She has studied with Jeremy Filsell, Kevin Bowyer, David Goode and Andrew Fletcher.

Francesca has worked as a tutor for Cambridge University Faculty of Music, and on various courses hosted by Oundle for Organists and the RSCM, as well as performing extensively as an organ accompanist, continuo player, pianist, violinist and singer. She is currently the rehearsal accompanist for The Durham Singers and much in demand around the North East as an organ teacher.