Greg Smith is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, where he studied organ, piano accompaniment and conducting. He holds the Associate Diploma of the Royal College of Organists, in which he won the Sawyer and Durrant prizes, and is a Licentiate of Trinity College, London.
Born in Kent, his early musical training began as a chorister and then subsequently at Canterbury Cathedral with David Flood and Michael Harris. Whilst a student at the Harvey Grammar School, Folkestone, Greg won many prizes as an organist and pianist throughout the country. In 1990, one year after joining the RNCM, he was the Under 21 winner of the Paisley International Organ Festival, which led to recitals at Clare College, Cambridge; Coventry Cathedral; Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow; and the Royal Festival Hall, London.
Since this success, Greg has given concerts as an accompanist, conductor and organist at many venues throughout the UK and abroad, including the cathedrals of Canterbury, Carlisle, Manchester, Newcastle, Ripon, Rochester, Sheffield, St. Giles Edinburgh, and Truro; as well as at Cartmel Priory, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, and York Minster.
In 1996 Greg was appointed Organist and Director of Music at Northallerton Parish Church, a post he held until 2014. During their 2006-7 season he acted as Accompanist to the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus. In June 2013 Greg performed as soloist in Poulenc’s Organ Concerto with Ripon Choral Society, as part of a summer concert celebrating the Tour de France passing through Ripon a fortnight later, and the choir’s sixtieth anniversary.
Greg teaches music in schools and colleges throughout the North East and North West of England and has appeared as a pianist and organist on ITV’s Emmerdale programme! Alongside his work with RCS, he is Accompanist for Leeds College of Music Choral Society and Principal Conductor to the North Yorkshire Chorus.