Lunchtime Concert: Frederick Stocken

Chichester Cathedral's popular lunchtime concerts take place on Tuesdays at 1.10pm during term time, in the spectacular setting of the Cathedral Nave. They are free and last approximately 50 minutes. You are welcome to come and go as you please. Coffee is available at no extra charge, and some visitors even bring a sandwich! There is a retiring collection.

Concert Programme

F Stocken - Mysterium Fidei
R V Williams - Rhosymedre from Three Preludes founded on Welsh hymn tunes
P Buck - Sonata No. 2

Frederick Stocken was appointed Organist and Assistant Director of Music at St George’s Metropolitan Cathedral in 2014. He was Organ Scholar of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge where he studied with Peter Hurford. His PhD in music is from the University of Manchester.

Frederick won five prizes at ARCO and three at FRCO. He has given recitals in venues around the UK and beyond.  He has played the organ in two live BBC broadcasts since arriving at St George’s, and accompanied the choir in two CDs for Priory and Regent labels.  In May 2019 he gave the first performance of his Mysterium Fidei for organ in Tokyo.

Frederick’s Chichester Service was commissioned for the 2019 Southern Cathedrals Festival. He has written many works and had diverse commissions, including his First Symphony for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, premiered in the Royal Albert Hall; a ballet, Alice, for the State Theatre in Giessen, Germany; and an orchestral mass, Missa Pacis, for the Brompton Oratory. Other major works include his Violin Concerto and Second Symphony, both premiered at St John’s Smith Square.  Frederick has music published by both OUP and Banks Music, and his music has been broadcast on the BBC, Classic FM and elsewhere.  In May 2019, Gaudete in Domino, commissioned for the Rikkyo University handbells choir, was premiered in Tokyo.

Frederick’s Scale Shapes (Chester Music) is a well-established tutor for piano, and Graded Keyboard Musicianship, written jointly with Anne Marsden Thomas, was published in 2017 by OUP. He is currently writing The New Oxford Organ Method with Anne Marsden Thomas, which will be published in 2020.  Frederick’s doctorate on nineteenth-century harmonic theory was published as book by Edwin Mellen Press, and he has given various papers on related topics, with articles in Music & Letters and The Musical Times.

Frederick teaches supporting studies in the organ department at the Royal Academy of Music, organ at the Junior Academy and for the Royal College of Organists. He examines for the ABRSM and for the Royal College of Organists.