Jeremy Spurgeon has been the director of music at All Saints’ since 1980. He came to the Cathedral from London, England, via the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and the Geneva Conservatoire where he gained the Premier Prix de la Classe de Virtuosité. He has appeared in concert with many Canadian and international ensembles, singers, and instrumentalists. His teachers have been Eileen Sullivan, Eric Pask, Lorna Sergeant, Ronald Frost, Eric Chadwick, Una Bradbury, Dame Gillian Weir, and Lionel Rogg. Jeremy has performed as piano accompanist and organist in Canada, the USA, Britain, Italy, Switzerland, and Poland. Jeremy was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Alberta in 2018.
Here in Edmonton, Jeremy is organist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, assistant accompanist for the Richard Eaton Singers, and freelance musician much asked for throughout the city. In 2010, the Alberta Choral Federation honoured him with the Con Spirito Award in recognition of his enormous contribution to choral music in Alberta.
At All Saints’ Cathedral, Jeremy maintains a busy and varied ministry as Director of Music. For all services with music, he collaborates with the clergy in choosing the hymns and shaping the liturgy. He also plays at services for Holy Days and numerous special occasions, as they arise. During our fundraising efforts to pay for the refurbishing of our Casavant organ, Jeremy offered three very full and exhilarating organ recitals. As a well-known musician, he frequently arranges concerts and recitals at the Cathedral.
For Jeremy, music is central to the worship of God. He has described the purpose of his ministry here as “people coming to know God more and more through music.” He has dedicated his life and talents to this work at All Saints’.