Anthony Gray – Assistant Musical Director

Anthony is an organist, choir director and composer based in Yorkshire where he has been the Director of Music at St Wilfrid’s Church, Harrogate since September 2019. Here, he directs and accompanies the church’s choir as well as being responsible for all musical aspects of the church’s life. He is the Musical Director of the Fairfax Singers, a 40-strong amateur choir based in Burley in Wharfedale, and an Organ Tutor for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Leeds, teaching in schools throughout North and West Yorkshire. He is also the Assistant Director of the Florence International Singing Programme.

Between 2018-19, he was Organ Scholar at Southwell Minster where he accompanied and directed the Cathedral’s three choirs, as well as training the younger members of the music foundation. Here he also directed the re-formed West Trent Choir. In July 2018, he graduated with a BA in Music from Robinson College Cambridge where held the Basil Shone Organ Scholarship. He was also the organist for St. John’s Voices and the accompanist for the Cambridgeshire Choral Society.

He undertook a number of major tours with Robinson College Choir, St. John’s Voices and The Robinson Consort, a group of 16 singers focussing on contemporary repertoire which he co-founded and directed, to destinations including East Asia, Switzerland, Portugal and the Opera Festival in St-Remy-EnProvence, as well as a number of domestic locations and Cathedrals.

As well as his work with choirs, Anthony has also taken on Musical Director roles for a variety of theatre productions in Cambridge including Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi, Lloyd-Webber’s Joseph and his own co-authored show A Very Brexit Musical both in Cambridge and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival throughout the summer of 2018. Prior to Cambridge, held the organ scholarship at Bradford Cathedral for two and a half years and achieved the ABRSMDip in organ performance in 2014.

He has played organ and harpsichord continuo for a number of major works including Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and, in 2017, Handel’s Messiah across a number of major concert halls and venues in Cambridge, Hong Kong and Singapore. In December 2019, Anthony was shortlisted in the final of the BBC Radio 3 Carol Competition with his setting of Imtiaz Dharker’s Go To The Child. His music is widely performed across the country, including most recently his setting of the Preces and Responses.