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Frederick Stocken

composer and organist

As a composer, Frederick benefitted from the guidance of both Howard Ferguson and Malcolm Williamson in the early years of his career, and he has received a wide variety of commissions. You can listen to clips of his music on Soundcloud.

Frederick’s music first came to wide public attention with the CD of Lament for Bosnia for string orchestra, which topped the Tower Records classical chart for several weeks.

His First Symphony, commissioned for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, was conducted by Vernon Handley in the Royal Albert Hall and broadcast on Classic FM.


A ballet, Alice, was commissioned by the State Theatre in Giessen, Germany.  An orchestral mass, Missa Pacis, was commissioned for the Brompton Oratory. His Violin Concerto and Second Symphony both received first performances at St John’s, Smith Square.  

The Chichester Service, commissioned for the 2019 Southern Cathedrals Festival, was performed by the combined choirs of Chichester, Salisbury and Winchester cathedrals and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

New pieces for 2020 include an anthem for St Giles Cripplegate and a congregational mass for St George’s Cathedral. His music has been published by OUP and Banks Music.

Frederick has been Organist of St George’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Southwark, since 2014. He plays for a wide range of liturgies, which in 2019 included the installation of the new archbishop, the funeral of a previous archbishop, and a live broadcast of Christmas Midnight Mass on BBC Radio 4. He has accompanied the choir of St George’s Cathedral on CDs for the Regent and Priory labels.

In recent months he has given organ recitals in Rikkyo University in Tokyo, and Chichester Cathedral.  Forthcoming venues in 2020 include St John’s Smith Square, Westminster Central Hall and St Michael’s Cornhill.

He was Organ Scholar of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, where he studied with Peter Hurford and Peter le Huray. He won five prizes at ARCO and three at FRCO.

Frederick teaches organ at Junior Academy and for the Royal College of Organists.

His teaching experience resulted in Scale Shapes using the Stocken Method (Chester Music, five vols) and Graded Keyboard Musicianship, co-authored with Anne Marsden Thomas (OUP, two vols). The New Oxford Organ Method, co-authored with Anne Marsden Thomas, will be published in 2020. Later this year in the United States, they will make a presentation at the national conference of the American Guild of Organists.

Wanting to deepen his musicianship, Frederick completed a PhD on nineteenth-century harmonic theory at the University of Manchester; later published by Edwin Mellen Press. He has published articles in The Musical Times and Music & Letters. He teaches supporting studies to organ students at the Royal Academy of Music and examines for the Royal College of Organists.