Carleton Etherington is Organist and Director of Music at Tewkesbury Abbey where his duties include the direction of the Abbey choir and accompanying the Schola Cantorum. He combines this with freelance teaching, conducting and performing.
Educated at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester and London’s Royal Academy of Music, where he studied organ with Dr Peter Hurford and David Sanger, Carleton held posts at St Bride’s Fleet Street and Leeds Parish Church before taking up his present appointment in 1996. He is a graduate of London University and a holder of the Academy’s Recital Diploma.
A first prize winner in two prestigious organ playing competitions - Paisley (1992) and the RCO Performer of the Year (1993) - Carleton has given recitals throughout the UK and in Europe, Australia and the USA. He has broadcast on BBC Radio 3 many times and has made various CD recordings, both as soloist and accompanist, which have been warmly received by the critics. Of Variation, recorded on the Milton organ at Tewkesbury Abbey (available on the Regent label), ‘Organists’ Review’ wrote, “….leaves the listener thrilled by the experience of hearing this repertoire played by a master organist on a masterpiece of an organ.” A new CD featuring both the Milton and Grove organs is due for release later in the year on the Delphian label. In 2009 he performed the complete organ works of Felix Mendelssohn on the Grove organ at Tewkesbury, commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of the composer.
Amongst his other musical activities he is Musical Director and Conductor of Pershore and Cirencester Choral Societies and organ tutor at Dean Close School, Cheltenham. He recently conducted Elgar's Dream of Gerontius in Pershore Abbey as part of the Choral Society’s 60th anniversary celebrations. He lives in Tewkesbury with his wife, Katie, and their two young children, Hannah and John.