Since I came to classical music in my teens I have seen myself as a multi-purpose musician and I've devoted as much time to leading and directing choirs and orchestras, accompanying singers and instrumentalists and playing chamber music as I have to my to solo performances.
The harpsichord was played superbly by Carl Grainger
Carl Grainger is an organist who clearly knows his business
Eastern Daily Press
Bach performed with panache, particularly in the complex
figurations of the first movement.
Seen and Heard International
Carl Grainger’s excellent account of Franck’s Second Choral had all the space it needed. His excellent use of the Chester organ guaranteed all the warmth and sonority that this superb work requires.
Philip Rushforth - Director of Music, Chester Cathedral
Carl Grainger started playing the piano at the age of 12, studying with Tom Bromley. He read music at the University of East Anglia where his instrumental tutors included the well-known harpsichordist Sir Philip Ledger and David Parkhouse, pianist of The Music Group of London.
On leaving university he took up playing the organ, studying with the respected concert organist David Sanger. He was appointed as Director of Music of the important Princes Street Church in Norwich, and subsequently served as Organist and Choirmaster of Beccles Parish Church in Suffolk, St James’ Shere and St Saviour’s Church in Guildford.
Carl is well known as an organ recitalist and has performed widely throughout England and Wales. Recent UK performances have
included Chester, Brecon, Llandaff and St. Asaph Cathedrals, Kings Lynn Minster, Shrewsbury Abbey, St Peter's, Carmarthen, St Mary's Swansea, St Bride's, Fleet Street and Handel organ concerti on the chamber organ of Ewenny Priory. He has appeared overseas, including a Norwegian tour that culminated in a recital to an audience of 500 in Trondheim Cathedral and the closing recital of the 2019 Charente International Organ Festival..
Performing regularly as a harpsichordist, Carl has appeared on
S4C television with the Chamber Orchestra of Wales and recently gave a critically acclaimed performance of Bach’s 5th Brandenburg Concerto with the Welsh Sinfonia.
Carl has lived in South Wales for many years but now divides his time between homes in Mid Wales and France.