Peter Wright


Peter Wright

Peter Wright was born in Hertfordshire. He was educated at Highgate School and then spent two years as Organ Exhibitioner at the Royal College of Music, studying with Richard Popplewell (organ) and Angus Morrison (piano) and gaining various prizes and diplomas. In 1973 he went to Emmanuel College, Cambridge, as Organ Scholar where he continued his organ studies with Dame Gillian Weir and with Flor Peeters in Belgium.

Following this Peter Wright became Sub-Organist at Guildford Cathedral and, since 1989, has been Organist and Director of Music at Southwark Cathedral. Under his direction the Choir has recorded many CDs, undertaken three tours to the USA and several to the continent, sung at the Proms and broadcast regularly on television and radio. In December 2011 they took part in John Rutter’s annual Christmas Concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

Peter is much in demand as an organ recitalist and choral conductor, both here and abroad, and enjoys a wide and varied repertoire. In addition he plays regularly with the country’s leading orchestras, both solo and continuo, most recently with the City of London Sinfonia, conducted by Stephen Layton, in Poulenc’s Organ Concerto. He has travelled widely in Europe, Japan, South Africa, USA, Bermuda, Australia and New Zealand. In 2000 he performed the complete organ works of J.S. Bach at Southwark and has recently given recitals in Paris (at Notre-Dame and La Trinité) and Southern Germany. A new solo CD of French and Belgian organ music, recorded at Southwark for Regent Records was released in 2010.

In May 2011 Peter Wright was awarded the prestigious FRSCM, in recognition of his work at Southwark and for church music in general, and he is also an Honorary Fellow of the Guild of Church Musicians. Now a Vice-President of the Royal College of Organists, Peter Wright became a member of the Council in 1990 and was Chief Examiner from 1997 before becoming President (2005-2008).