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image for Music - Classical item typeAn Organ Recital by Simon Morley at St Martin-On-The-Hill

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Music - Classical, Fri 21 Jul 2017, £8-£5


The Church of St. Martin on-the-Hill

The Church of St. Martin on-the-Hill

A view of the church from the south where the mainentrance is today.


Simon Morley is the Organist and Choirmaster of St John's Episcopal Church in Hyde Park, Tampa, Florida, USA. Born in Gloucestershire in 1964, he received his first organ lessons from John Belcher at St Peter's Church in Bournemouth, and was appointed to his first position as organist at the age of twelve. He became Assistant Organist of Wimborne Minster in 1983, where he gained his first exposure to the rich heritage of the Anglican choral tradition. In 1986, he won a place at Trinity College of Music in London, where for four years he studied organ performance with Christopher Stokes at St Margaret's Church, Westminster. During his time at Trinity, he performed the Poulenc Organ Concerto with the Trinity College Symphony Orchestra, as well as giving numerous recitals in London and beyond. He was awarded the coveted Cardnell Organ Prize for organ performance, and was made a Fellow of the college in 1990. In 1988, Simon was appointed Organ Scholar of Westminster Abbey under Dr Martin Neary and Andrew Lumsden, a position which he held for two years, combining studies at Trinity with responsibilities at the Abbey, which included accompanying the Abbey Choir regularly for daily evensong, as well as taking part in many important national occasions for which the Abbey is well known. In 1990, Simon was appointed Assistant Organist of Truro Cathedral, a position he was to occupy for ten very happy years. As well as playing the organ for all statutory services, he accompanied the choir in numerous radio and television broadcasts, and appears as accompanist and director on many CD's recorded by the choir. He also recorded two solo CD's on the renowned Willis organ of Truro Cathedral, as well as finding time to teach at both Truro School, and Truro High School for Girls. He is a past president of the Cornwall Organists Association. In 2000, he moved to Lincoln Cathedral, one of the largest cathedrals in England, where he was asked to take primary responsibility for the Girl Choristers, who made their first BBC broadcast under his direction in 2001. Playing highlights included the distribution of the Royal Maundy (at both Truro and Lincoln) in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen, to whom Simon was presented after the service.

Simon Morley has given recitals on four continents, as well as performing the major organ concertos of Poulenc and Saint-Saens on many occasions, most recently with the Band of Her Majesty's Lifeguards. Recent playing engagements have taken him to South Africa, Switzerland, Austria and Italy (St Marks, Venice), and he was the first English organist to be invited to play in St Tropez, on the French Riviera.

He has recently overseen the restoration of the Casavant organ at St John's in Tampa, and has led the choir on three highly successful trips to San Francisco, Washington D.C and New York, where venues included Grace Cathedral, Washington National Cathedral and the Cathedral of St John the Divine.

Coach parties acceptedEducation/study areaFacilities for educational visitsOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

Please note that there is a toilet on site but it is not suitable for disabled visitors

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 21 Jul 2017 18:30 to 21:30
The recital starts at 7pm and tickets may be purchased at the door. The ticket entitles you to a free buffet after the performance, including a glass of wine or soft drink, tea and coffee.


Alult: £8
Member of The Friends of St. Martin's: £7
Under 16's :£5


Michael Bortoft

01723 501454



Albion Road,
North Yorkshire,
YO11 2DD



See location of St Martin-On-The-Hill on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TA 041877  Lat: 54.27471 Long: -0.40127

Albion Road connects easily to the A165 (Filey) Road.

From the town centre (Railway Station) take the A165 towards Filey and Bridlington. Cross The Valley Bridge and, after the traffic lights at the end of the bridge, climb a short hill to take the second turning left onto Albion Road. The church will be clearly visible.

Sat Nav users "1 St. Martin's Avenue, Scarborough, YO11 2DD" is near the main entrance is on the south side of the church on St. Martin's Avenue. Latitude: 54.27471181, Longitude: -0.40127134. Street parking for 3 hours 0900 - 1700.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Scarborough station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Please note that there is a toilet on site but it is not suitable for disabled visitors

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility


  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 2
      Number of steps to entrance
  • YesRamp to entrance
  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • The church has a wide central aisle and narrower north and south ailes. There is one step up into the chancel from the nave, but no ramp. There is ramp access to the church itself at the main entrance.