Paul Stubbings


"Masterful organ playing of one of the best organists that Britain has to offer!"

'Music and Beyond', Ottawa

photography by Tina Norris 

Brought up on the North Yorkshire coast Paul Stubbings was educated at Chetham’s and Manchester University, studying organ with Francis Jackson at York Minster and Gordon Stewart. Countess of Munster and Dutch Government awards enabled him to pursue advanced organ studies with Bach Scholar Jacques van Oortmerssen at the Amsterdam Conservatorium.

He recently returned to academic study, as a Doctoral Researcher at Canterbury Christ Church University, with a focus on Restoration keyboard music and the organ music of Christopher Gibbons, his sometime predecessor in London. His 2022 doctoral thesis can be accessed here

Paul Stubbings' career was launched at the Royal Parish Church of St Martin-in-the-Fields where as Organist & Master of the Music he presided over one of the most vibrant choral and concert programmes in the country.

He has gained an international profile as a recitalist, playing in cathedrals and concert halls throughout Europe, and in Australia. 2012 saw the performance of the complete organ music of J S Bach. More recently, two tours in Russia, two in the US and three in Canada have won him critical acclaim. 

Between April 2012 and August 2022 Paul Stubbings was Director of Music at the prestigious St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh, one of the UK’s five Specialist Music Schools. 

Solo recitals given at major UK venues and throughout Europe, also Canada (three tours), Russia (two tours), US (two tours) and Australia.

Guest recitalist:

Brussels Organ Festival

Royal College of Organists

Monastic Musicians

Royal School of Church Music

Edinburgh Festival

IAO Organ Festivals

Bodensee Festival

University of St Andrews New Music Week

St Andrews University Organ Week

Ottawa's 'Music & Beyond'

International Organ Festival St Petersburg

Kulturfestival Stummer Schrei

Guest performances BBC Radio 2, 3, 4; ABC.

Repertoire includes:

  • The complete Organ Works of J S Bach
  • The complete Organ Works of César Franck
  • The Organ Works of Nicolaus Bruhns
  • Complete Organ Music from the
      English Restoration
  • Couperin Messes
  • Clérambault Suites

    • Sonatas by Reubke, Bairstow,
      Elgar, Mendelssohn, CPE Bach,
      York Bowen and William Harris

    • Karg-Elert Triptych; Partita in E
    • Liszt Ad nosBACH
    • Jackson Toccata, Chorale & Fugue
    • Whitlock Plymouth Suite
    • Willan Introduction, Passacaglia & Fugue

    • Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
    • Tchaikovsky Nutcracker
    • MacDowell Sea Pieces (tr. PS)
    • Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals
    • The Hovingham Sketches
    • Messiaen L’Ascension,
      Messiaen Les Corps glorieux,
      Messiaen La Nativité
    • Dupré Symphonie-Passion
    • Duruflé Veni Creator;
      Duruflé Requiem
    • Jongen Sonata Eroica
    • Poulenc Organ Concerto
    • Alain Suite
    • Grunenwald Hymne aux mémoires héroïques

      An A to Z of Organ Composers (part two)

      Spring - Summer 2024

      Holy Trinity, Broadstairs

      1883 Gern/1916 Hill organ

      Saturday, 13th July 2024, 11am

      Deal Music & Arts Festival

      St Clement's, Sandwich

      1995 Nicholson organ

      'Bach Day' Recital

      recent past concerts:

      Winter Buxtehude Series 2024

      Holy Trinity, Broadstairs

      1883 Gern/1916 Hill organ

      Friday, 18th August 2023

      Rubislaw Parish Church, Aberdeen

      1890 Father Willis organ

      Music from York and Paris

      Wednesday, 12th July 2023

      Deal Music & Arts Festival

      St Mary's, Walmer

      St John's, Mongeham

         Deal Festival: repertoire played (click for link)

      Thursday, 13th July 2023

      Deal Music & Arts Festival

      St Mary's Dover

      St Andrew's, Dover


          Deal Festival: repertoire played (click for link)

      An A to Z of Organ Composers (part one)

      Spring - Summer 2023

      Holy Trinity, Broadstairs

      1883 Gern/1916 Hill organ

      Winter Bach Series 2022/23

      Holy Trinity, Broadstairs

      1883 Gern/1916 Hill organ

      23rd and 24th December 2022

      Canterbury Cathedral

         Christmas Programme

      27th November 2022

      Canterbury Cathedral

         Advent Programme

      26th October 2022

      Canterbury Cathedral

         Music by Christopher Gibbons, Blow and Purcell

      St Andrews University Organ Week, 1-5 August 2022

      Staff Tutor

      24th July 2022

      Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh

      1998 Frobenius organ

      part of the IAO Festival

         'Give me Scotland, or I die!' 

         Music by Tallis, O and C Gibbons, Tomkins, 

         Blow and Purcell

      13th February 2022

      Westminster Cathedral Grand Organ Recital Series

      1924 Henry Willis organ

        'This day the Organs did play at White-hall before the King'

         Music by Christopher Gibbons, Blow and Purcell

      4th November 2021

      Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh

      1989 Collins and c.1845 Hamilton organs

      Autumn 2019: St Petersburg Tour

         22nd October 2019 

         Petrikirche, St Petersburg 

         part of the St.Petersburg International Organ Festival

         24th October 2019

         White Hall, Peter the Great Polytechnic University

      Summer 2019: US West Coast Tour

         26th July 2019

         St James' Cathedral, Seattle

         1907 Hutchings-Votey & 2000 Rosales organs

         27th July 2019

         Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria, British Columbia

         2005 Hellmuth Wolff organ

           The complete Organ Music of Nicolaus Bruhns 

         31st July 2019

         Memorial Church, Stanford University

         1901 Murray Harris & 1985 Charles Fisk organs

         4th August 2019

         Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

         1934 Aeolian-Skinner organ

      13th July 2019

      The National Shrine of St Augustine, Ramsgate

      2018 Henry Willis organ

      PASSIONTIDE 2019

      Marcel Dupre: 'Symphonie-Passion' Op.23 (1925)

         Passion Sunday 

         St Marylebone Church, London

         1987 Rieger organ

         Wednesday in Passion Week 2019

         Temple Church, London

         1923 Harrison & Harrison organ

         Easter Day

         St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh

         1992 Rieger organ

      24th January 2019

      Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh

        Music by Nicolaus Bruhns (1665-97)

      5th September 2018

      Caird Hall, Dundee

        'Town Hall' recital, including music by Hamish MacCunn

      22nd July 2018

      Pfarrkirche St. Rupert, Stumm, Tyrol

      Stummer Schrei Music Festival

         Bach Recital

      31st May 2018

      Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh

         Bach's Kirnberger Chorales

      3rd February 2018

      St John's Kirk, Perth

      15th October 2017

      Holy Trinity, Broadstairs (Centenary of the Hill Organ)

         'Royal Favourites'

      10th September 2017

      Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Moscow

      26th August 2017

      Dunblane Cathedral

         'A Portrait of J S Bach'

      July-August 2017

      US West Coast Tour

         25th July: St Paul's Cathedral, San Diego

         26th July: Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels,

             Los Angeles

         30th July: Cathedral of St Mary of the Assumption,

             San Francisco

         2nd August: Memorial Chapel, Stanford University

      12th July 2017

      Deal Festival

         Scherzos, Songs without words

         & the allure of Felix Mendelssohn

      22nd June 2017

      Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh

         Bach Recital

      24th May 2017

      Temple Church, London

         Liszt: Ad nos, ad salutarem undam

      6th May 2017

      Scottish Federation of Organists' Conference

      Melrose Parish Church

      24th September 2016

      St Stephen's Centre, Edinburgh

         Franck: Three Pieces (Fantaisie in C, Priere, Pastorale)

         Pierne: Three Pieces (Prelude, Cantilene, Scherzando)

      1st August 2016

      St Andrews University Organ Week: St Salvator's Chapel

         Petr Eben: Sunday Music

         Three pieces, Camphuysen Manuscript

         Liszt: Ad nos, ad salutarem undam

      18th March 2016

      Edinburgh University

         Bach en style français

      7th November 2015

      St Cuthbert's, Lothian Road, Edinburgh

         Karg-Elert: Partita in E

      26th October 2015

      Organ Recital for the conference of Monastic Musicians

      Sarum St Martin, Salisbury

         'In Praise of Plainsong' (including Durufle's Veni Creator)

      9th June 2015

      Barony Hall, University of Strathcyde, Glasgow

         Music by Bach and Buxtehude

      15th July 2015

      St Nicolaasbasiliek, Amsterdam

      29th August 2015

      Farnborough Abbey

      J S Bach: Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr 

      (3 settings from the Great Eighteen)

      from St Martin-in-the-Fields, London



      anon. c.1670

      played on the Walker Organ of St Martin-in-the-Fields




      in concert, Willis Organs, Westminster Cathedral

      and St Michael's Croydon


      J S Bach: Dies sind die heil'gen zehn Gebot'

      (2 settings from Clavier-Übung III) 

      in concert, Mariendom, Hamburg


      Fuga in Eb

      J S Bach

      played on the Rieger Organ of St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh


      Sonata Eroïca (1930)

      Joseph Jongen

      in concert, Rieger Organ of St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh


      Finale of Sunday Music (Nedelní Hubda)

      Petr Eben

      in concert, Ruffatti Organ, San Francisco Cathedral