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Daniel Cook.

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Former Hartlepool student Daniel Cook is all set for a job in one of the most beautiful workplaces in the world.

The man who studied at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, Hartlepool, has been appointed as Master of the Choristers and Organist at Durham Cathedral. He will succeed James Lancelot who retires after a 32 year tenure.

Having learnt to play the organ on the wonderful Harrison and Harrison organ of Durham Cathedral, it is a huge privilege and honour to come back as Master of the Choristers and Organist to Durham

Daniel Cook

Daniel is leaving a prestigious post at Westminster Abbey to come back to the North East and said: “Having learnt to play the organ on the wonderful Harrison and Harrison organ of Durham Cathedral, it is a huge privilege and honour to come back as Master of the Choristers and Organist to Durham.

“James Lancelot is a legendary musician with a huge reputation. Succeeding him will be daunting but a challenge I am excited to take on. I very much look forward to getting to know and working with the Cathedral musicians, clergy, staff and volunteers as well as returning to my native North East England.”

Daniel has had a long association with Durham Cathedral. He was taught the organ by former Durham Cathedral Sub-Organist Keith Wright in 1996 and 1997 when he was an English Martyrs student.

He left the region to be Organ Scholar at Worcester Cathedral, and then moved to London to attend the Royal Academy of Music.

He was subsequently Assistant Organist of Westminster Abbey from 2003 to 2005 before becoming Assistant Director of Music at Salisbury Cathedral and then Organist and Master of the Choristers at St David’s Cathedral.