Greg Morris is Assistant Director of Music at the Temple Church, Musical Director of Collegium of London, and founding Musical Director of the Bar Choral Society. In July he will take up the post of Director of Music at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey.
Greg’s work as a conductor encompasses a broad range of music and wide variety of venues. With the Temple Singers and Temple Players, professional ensembles of leading singers and period instrumentalists based at the Temple Church, he has directed fully-staged performances of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen in the 16th-century Middle Temple Hall; and in the same venue Purcell’s Cecilian Odes as the culmination of a feast in honour of the Patron Saint of Music, recreating the setting and spirit of the original performances. He also regularly directs the Singers in Choral Evensong at the Temple Church. As Musical Director of the chamber choir Collegium Musicum of London, he has conducted a number of large-scale works including: Bach’s Magnificat, Mass in B minor and John Passion; Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem; Dove’s Arion and the Dolphin (the third performance, a collaboration with the Girls’ Choir of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge); Handel’s Messiah and Birthday Ode for Queen Anne; Haydn’s Nelson Mass; Monteverdi’s Vespers; Rachmaninov’s Liturgy of St John Chrysostom; Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem; and Victoria’s Requiem. The choir has also staged a number of innovative, themed programmes, including recently Time and Tide, a concert celebrating travel on the high seas staged in a disused engineering shaft built by Isambard Brunel next to the Thames. With the Bar Choral Society, Greg has conducted music by Bernstein, Brahms, Elgar, Faure, Gershwin, Handel, Haydn, Mozart and Cole Porter, working with soloists including Jennifer Johnstone, Elin Manahan Thomas and Roderick Williams. He founded the choir at Morley Memorial Primary School a few years ago, recently performing Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat with them. In January, they joined hundreds of other school children in a concert of massed choirs at London’s O2 Arena.
As an organist, Greg’s repertoire encompasses music from the past six centuries, focussing on the Baroque era and 19th and 20th century French and English music. He recently completed a year-long series of recitals playing the complete organ works of J.S.Bach, taking in some of London’s finest instruments and churches, ranging from the small and intimate (St Matthew’s Westminster) through big parish churches (St George’s Hanover Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields) to the grandiose (Westminster Abbey and Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral). Greg regularly gives recitals on the historic instrument in the Temple Church, has played extensively in Europe, USA and Australia, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. He gave the world premiere of David Briggs’ Organ Concerto, subsequently recording the work, and has also made three critically-acclaimed solo recordings. Since 2006, Greg has accompanied the acclaimed Temple Church Choir, appearing with them in numerous broadcasts and recordings, and touring worldwide. He has appeared at the BBC Proms with the BBC Singers.
Greg held scholarships at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, Jesus College, Cambridge and St Martin-in-the-Fields, studying with Andrew Dean, Paul Stubbings, John Kitchen and Thomas Trotter. He was awarded the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians for his prize-winning performance in the FRCO diploma, and was subsequently Assistant Director of Music at Blackburn Cathedral.