It is with great sadness that we have learned of the untimely death of John Scott. St Thomas Church in New York, where John worked since leaving St Paul’s in 2004, reported his death from a heart attack on Wednesday, 12 August 2015. John was our Organist and Director of Music from 1990-2004 and had previously been Sub-Organist, and before that Assistant Organist.
Simon Johnson, Organist of St Paul’s has said of John: ‘He was a musical genius with exacting standards that few, if any, of us could dream of matching. As an organist, his achievements are unparalleled. He leaves us at the height of his powers as a musician. John had a deep faith and it will be a comfort to many that his strivings for musical perfection in life now find their fulfillment in the perfection of heaven.’
His work at St Paul’s involved the training and direction of the choir, and the overseeing and development of the Cathedral’s busy music programme. He was responsible for the National Service of Thanksgiving for the Millennium, the services to mark the 100th birthday of HM The Queen Mother and the Golden Jubilee of HM The Queen, and the service held on 14 September 2001 to reflect on the atrocities of 9/11.
John was also a great ambassador of the Cathedral and of church music throughout the world. Under his leadership, the choir toured extensively in Europe, Japan, and North and South America. His recordings are also widely acclaimed, and as a concert artist, his draw and following was monumental.
St Paul’s Cathedral Choir sends its deep condolences to John’s wife, Lily, and to his entire family. He will be dearly missed by those who knew and remember him.