ANGUS SINCLAIR

 
Test driving the new organ, St. Bart's, OttawaEnjoying the beautiful new pipe organ at St. Bart's, Ottawa

Regardless of the musical genre, Angus Sinclair is right at home, whether on grand piano, digital keyboard, or four-manual pipe organ. They aren't "The Three Cantors" without Angus as arranger and accompanist. He was the "4th Cantor" since the first concert in 1997. Together The Three Cantors presented concerts coast to coast, from St. John's NL to Victoria, B.C.

He holds the B.Mus. in Organ Performance from Wilfrid Laurier University (1981), where he studied with Barrie Cabena and Jan Overduin (improvisation). Since graduation his organ studies have been with John Tuttle, David Palmer, and Karen Anne Schuessler; his piano teachers since 1977 were Marjorie Beckett, Lorraine Flatt, and James Prosser. He also earned the ARCT and LRSM diplomas in Organ Performance, as well as the Associateship of the Royal Canadian College of Organists.He is a Member of the Founding Council, and a Fellow, of the Honourable Company of Organists.

Angus has served as Director of Music in several Southwestern Ontario Churches since 1978 including a term at St Paul's Cathedral in London. He is the Concert Accompanist for the Parry Sound Choral Collective. He served as one of the onsite musicians at the General Synod of the Anglican Church in 2001 and 2004. He was organ accompanist for the Yorkminster Park Baptist choir tour of the USA (The Cathedral of St John the Divine New York City, St Mark's Church Philadelphia, and Washington National Cathedral), and the St Paul's Cathedral Choir tour of the UK in the summers of 2006 and 2009 (Ely Cathedral and several churches in the London, England area, including St Paul's Cathedral).

Angus was the Saturday night piano entertainer at the Villa Cornelia Restaurant, Kent Street here in London since January 1999. A commemorative CD, An Evening at the Villa, was produced after five years' service there.

Angus has served as Chair of the Diocese of Huron Organ Committee, and, with Andrew Keegan Mackriell and then (now Bishop) Canon William Cliff, conducted Church Music workshops in the Diocese of Huron.

In May of 1999 Angus was granted the Order of Huron by Archbishop Percy O'Driscoll. Together with the Three Cantors he was made an Honourary Member of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund, an Honourary Senior Fellow of Renison College at the University of Waterloo (2007), the Alumni Award of Distinction from Huron University College (2008) and Doctor of Divinity, Honoris Causa (Huron University College, 2013). Angus won the "Most Popular Organist" in the Scene London Music Awards in June 2008 and "Most Popular Classical Instrumental Artist" in 2009, 2011 and 2013.

Angus has been featured on several CD recordings; his latest,is a unique recording of music for bagpipes and organ with John MacKay, Pipes and Keys. Watch this space for news of the release of Volume 2 of Pipes and Keys, and a new solo piano recording! For more information on Angus' benefit CD's, click here.

Angus' other interests include geneology, draught horses, local history, and languages/linguistics. Angus lives in an 1881 Ontario cottage in London with his wife, Sulea.

Angus at the Organ in St. James', Orillia

 

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Angus at the Organ of Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa, April 2007

 

 


Photo Credits -
Angus at "The Minster", left, Fr. Bill Cliff,
all others, Fr. David Pickett