Michael Graham

Email: chapelmusic@exeter.ac.uk

Michael Graham

Organist and Director of Chapel Music

Michael Graham was born in 1991 in Liverpool. Playing his first church organ at St Thomas's church in St Helens at 15, he was immediately hooked. Following this Michael was awarded the organ scholarship at St Bartholomew's, Rainhill.

In 2007 he began studying at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music studying voice with Jeff Lawton, piano with Clare Cocks and conducting with Dane Lam. Michael enjoyed both accompanying and conducting for various choirs during this time, and in March 2009 completed his organ scholarship by conducting highlights from Handel's Messiah with St Bartholomew's church choir and chamber orchestra at the age of 18.

After completing his A levels, Michael auditioned for, and was subsequently awarded the organ scholarship at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. It was here that Michael studied under organists Tim Noon, Richard Lea, completing his organ scholarship by giving an organ recital in the Summer concert series.

While primarily concentrating on organ studies, Michael has been in demand as a tenor soloist. Performances include; Handel's Messiah, Haydn's Creation, Mendelsohn's Elijah, Nielson's Springtime in Funen, J.S. Bach's Magnificat, Ascension Oratorio and C.P.E. Bach's Magnificat.

In September 2013, Michael became the newly appointed Organist and Director of Chapel Music at the University of Exeter, in conjunction with his choral scholarship at Exeter Cathedral. He directs Budleigh Salterton Male Voice Choir and is the founder and Artistic Director of Exeter based vocal ensemble, EXODUS.

See also: Chapel Choir