Bury Parish Church's director of music will be showcasing his wealth of talent at the church on Friday.

Marc Murray, originally from South Africa, will be presenting a varied programme of organ music, crossing four centuries in a lunchtime concert at 12.30pm.

It will be the final concert in the current season of lunchtime concerts at the church.

Marc moved to the UK in 2010 to take up the post of director of music at St Botolph’s Church, Boston. While in Lincolnshire, he was also conductor of Peterborough Opera.

As a choral specialist, Marc is conductor of Southport Bach Choir, director of music at Bury Parish Church, foundation organist and organ teacher at Bolton School, conductor of Preston Cecilian Choral Society, and The Rawstorne Singers. 

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This summer, he conducts the Southport Bach Choir in the Leipzig Bach Festival.

Marc completed postgraduate studies in baroque performance practice at the University of York and is a doctoral research candidate at the university.

He is a fellow and holds the choral directing diploma of the Royal College of Organists.

As an organ recitalist, he has played throughout South Africa, the USA, and the UK, including Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedrals.

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In South Africa, Marc worked for the National Department of Education (DoE) school singing programme and was accompanist and vocal coach to the DoE’s South African Youth Choir.

He also worked as acting chorus master, and then assistant chorus master for Cape Town Opera. 

Marc is a regular continuo player with Ad Hoc Baroque Ensemble and Leeds Baroque as well.

Tickets will cost £5 on the door and refreshments will be on sale in the church from 11am.