Why - James Kealey

James Kealey

Why Wedmore?

James Kealey tells us

What did you know of Wedmore before getting involved with our Arts Festival?

Since arriving in Wells, just eight months ago, I wasn’t aware of the beautiful village of Wedmore. I was first introduced to the place by Iain and Helen Ball, whom I met at Wells Cathedral.

What do you prefer - Somerset Cider or Cheddar Cheese? No question, has to be Cheddar Cheese.

Which of our many Somerset tourist attractions is your favourite? I’ve greatly enjoyed the opportunity for lovely walks and exploring the many fine pubs and restaurants around here. 

And which in the rest of the world? I have a soft spot for New York City. The buzz, the excitement and the skyscrapers is palpable! I think it shows so much ingenuity, and every time I go, I still get goosebumps as we land! More recently, I’ve been there twice to work, and there’s such a vibrancy about choral and organ music in the city; truly inspiring.

What organist do you most admire?I’ve worked closely with many musicians, but I really do admire David Briggs, an International Concert Organist (once Organist and Choirmaster at Gloucester Cathedral). I’ve never seen anyone able to improvise a fugue (successfully!) before!

After Wedmore, what’s your next project? I am currently in the process of booking another Organ Recital Tour to the USA in April 2018. Otherwise, I’m busy preparing for my Associate of the Royal College of Organists (ARCO) diploma.

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James will be playing in St Mary’s Church on Tuesday 11 July, starting at 12noon. The recital will be followed by lunch at Beggar’s Roost

Tickets: £5 / or £15 to include Lunch