Choir Accompanist - Graham Eccles

Graham Eccles

Graham Eccles first studied the organ at Worksop College in Nottinghamshire; during this time he gained his LTCL and ARCO diplomas.

He subsequently studied at the Royal Northern College of music in Manchester under Ronald Frost and was appointed Boddington Organ Scholar at St. Ann’s Church.  As well as graduating from the college with an upper division diploma he gained the diploma in professional performance and the Alice Shawcross prize in Church music.  He also achieved the ARCM and FRCO diplomas at this time.
More recently, he was awarded the diploma in Choral Directing from the Royal College of Organists, gaining the Brook Memorial Prize.

In 1989 Graham started as Assistant Organist at Chester Cathedral and played a key role in the musical life of the city both in and out if the Cathedral.  He has played many organ recitals in the UK, Europe and beyond. He was Organist and Master of the Choristers at St Asaph Cathedral in North Wales between 1998 and 2003.

From 2004, Graham became a freelance musician and as well as teaching and performing locally, he is one of the regular organists for the Daily Service on BBC Radio 4.  He is a visiting tutor in organ at the University of Wales, Bangor and is Conductor of Colwyn Bay Choral Society as well as St Asaph Choral Society and is in regular demand as an organ accompanist by many other choirs and Choral Societies of the North West and has been Organist at Birkenhead School for a number of years.  He has played many times with the RLPO and Hallé orchestras.  He was Director of Music at Bangor Cathedral between 2009 and 2014.