Jeffrey Makinson

Jeffrey MakinsonJeffrey Makinson is Assistant Director of Music and Sub-Organist of Lincoln Cathedral. He is also a tutor for the Royal College of Organists Academy and Music Director of Beverley
Chamber Choir.

He received his musical training at the Royal Northern College of Music and at Manchester Uni-versity. He subsequently became Organ Scholar at York Minster from 1992-1994, before spend-ing five years as Assistant Organist at Lincoln Cathedral. He moved to Manchester Cathedral as Sub-Organist in 1999. During his time in Manchester, he was Tutor in Organ Studies at the RNCM and at Manchester University.

Jeffrey returned to Lincoln Cathedral in January 2015. As part of his duties in Lincoln, Jeffrey directs the Girls of the Cathedral Choir and accompanies the Cathedral Choir for many of the choral services. Alongside his work in Lincoln, he maintains a busy schedule as a recitalist, ac-companist, conductor, teacher and adjudicator in the city and throughout the country.

As a recitalist, Jeffrey has performed at most of the major British cathedrals, abbeys, collegiate chapels, churches and concert halls, including numerous recitals at Westminster Abbey, West-minster Cathedral, St. Paul’s Cathedral and King’s College, Cambridge. Jeffrey has also per-formed in numerous foreign countries including Czech Republic, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy and the USA. He is a regular tutor on the ‘Oundle for Organists’ courses.

Jeffrey has made numerous CD recordings, with the Albany, Delphian, Herald, Lammas, Naxos, Priory and Regent labels. He works extensively for the BBC, as regular musical director and or-ganist for Radio 4 Daily Service. In addition, he has worked on programmes such as Songs of Praise, Chorister of the Year, Choral Evensong, Minstrels in the Gallery, Young Musician of the Year, Sunday Morning Worship and the Radio 4 Pilgrimage to Rome. Since 1998, he has been Organist in Residence at the Exon Singers Festival in Devon.

Jeffrey has a keen interest in promoting new music and has given first performances of works by numerous leading composers, including Judith Bingham, Mark Blatchly, James Burton, Mar-tin Bussey, Bob Chilcott, Naji Hakim, Robin Holloway, Grayston Ives, Francis Jackson, George Lloyd, Richard Lloyd, Philip Moore, Howard Skempton and Philip Wilby.

As an orchestral musician, he has worked alongside some of the country’s leading ensembles, including the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé, Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra , Manches-ter Camerata, Northern Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra.