Acclaimed organist at Norwich church
2011: Accomplished musician Julian Haggett, is organist at St Peter Mancroft Church in Norwich.
Julian’s interest in the organ was ignited by the music of Bach at the age of 13 after spending his formative years learning piano and flute. Whilst continuing with these instruments, organ quickly became the focal point and a love for the instrument was born.
Whilst studying Music at the University of Durham he held the Organ Scholarship at his college, The College of St Hild & St Bede, after Durham the organ scholarship at Chichester Cathedral.
From the age of 17 Julian attended international courses for organists, gaining recital awards. Recital opportunities marked a turning point in direction for Julian’s playing, focusing on this area for his university Finals, gaining a First in the discipline. At university Julian studied with James Lancelot of Durham Cathedral and Robert Quinney of Westminster Abbey. Since university he has received tuition from Susan Landale Organiste Titulaire at the Cathedral of Saint-Louis des Invalides Paris, David Titterington Director of organ studies at the Royal Academy of Music, and Anne Page one of the UK’s leading organists with whom he continues his studies. Julian is very passionate about improvisation and continues tuition in this area with the internationally acclaimed concert organist and improviser David Briggs who studied with Jean Langlais in Paris.
At university Julian was involved with a variety of musical societies. He accompanied the Durham Handel Society and the University Chamber Choir playing organ and harpsichord; toured with his Chapel Choir, and was involved with his College’s wider music scene playing flute, piccolo, and piano in concerts and musicals. He also featured on BBC recordings with the University Consort of Voices under the direction of Professor Jeremy Dibble.
As Organist of St Peter Mancroft Church in Norwich Julian provides voluntaries sensitive to the liturgical focus of the services ranging from German organ music from the 17th Century of Tunder and Buxtehude to French 20th Century organ music of Alain and Messiaen. Julian’s other duties include accompanying the church choirs and tutoring the choristers in music theory.
Julian teaches organ both locally and further afield in the Diocese and country, he is a regular tutor for the Course for Volunteer Organists based in Salisbury. Closer to home Julian also accompanies choirs and societies in the region for concerts, and recently appeared as guest organist with the Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra and Choral Society.
To date, Julian has given recitals at cathedrals and other venues around the UK and in Europe, St Mark’s Basilica Venice, St John Laterna Rome, and St Nicholaas Kerk Amsterdam.
Pictured above: Julian Haggett