Alistair Nelson is the Organist of St James’ Church, King Street, where he is responsible for all liturgical organ playing, performs regularly in the lunchtime and Subscription Concert series, and directs the St James’ Singers. Alistair has performed with The Choir of St James’ at City Recital Hall, at The Esplanade in Singapore as part of the festival ‘Tapestry of Sacred Music’, and at City Recital Hall with Sydney Chamber Choir and The Metropolitan Orchestra. He has given numerous solo recitals in the USA and Australia.
Alistair holds a Master Music degree from Yale University for which he studied on full scholarship. He studied repertoire with Thomas Murray and Martin Jean and improvisation with Jeffrey Brillhart, and was awarded the Mary Baker Scholarship in Organ Accompaniment. His Yale degree recital was broadcast on ABC Classic FM on the Rising Stars program. Whilst at Yale, Alistair was Organ Scholar and Interim Organist at Christ Church, New Haven, Connecticut. Following this, he spent four years as Associate Organist and Choirmaster at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, Garden City, New York, where he directed the Girls’ Choir and Schola Cantorum, assisted with and accompanied the Choir of Men and Boys, and featured on the CD In praises of the child. He also served on the staff of the Montreal Boys’ Choir course.
Before leaving Sydney, he received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Sydney, graduating with First Class Honours. He also received first prize (the John Brown Award) in the Open Section of the Sydney Organ Competition, and made an ABC Young Performers recording. Alistair grew up in Sydney, beginning his organ studies at Trinity Grammar, and serving as Organ Scholar at St Anne’s, Strathfield, and St Paul’s, Burwood. He later served as Assistant Organist at Christ Church St Laurence, Sydney, featuring on their CD What sweeter music.
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