Roger Sayer

Roger Sayer (Temple Church London)

Roger Sayer is an English organist and Director of Music at the Temple Church in central London. He was previously Organist and Director of Music at Rochester Cathedral.

Sayer began his musical career as a chorister in Portsmouth and then studied at the Royal College of Music under Nicholas Danby. Between 1980 and 1984 he was an organ student at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, and was appointed organist of Woodford Parish Church in 1981. In 1989 he was appointed Assistant Organist at Rochester Cathedral and was promoted to Organist and Director of Music in 1994. He was appointed Organist & Director of Music at the Temple Church in 2013, replacing James Vivian.

During his tenure at Rochester, he presented the programme known as The Great Organ Works, playing a series of monthly concerts, including the complete organ works of J.S. Bach over the course of 2005. He cofounded the Midas Touch Organ Duo with Charles Andrews, with whom he has performed concerts on both sides of the Atlantic. Their repertoire includes transcriptions of James Bond theme tunes. In November 2012 they premiered a new organ sonata commissioned from David Briggs.

Sayer’s most well known recording to date is as organist on Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack for Christopher Nolan’s 2014 film Interstellar. Sayer collaborated directly with Zimmer and Nolan as elements of the score were crafted around possibilities offered by the organ at Temple Church.

Roger’s first recording with the Temple Church Choir, A Knight’s Progress, features Our Present Charter by the American Composer, Nico Muhly, written for the Choir to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta. The CD includes additional music by Haydn, Parry, Walton and Vaughan Williams.

Under his direction the Temple Church Choir has performed live on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, the Cadogan Hall, in Washington DC and Holland.  In July this year, he toured Singapore and Australia with the recently-formed Temple Church Boys’ Choir with whom he recently recorded a new CD, Treblesome, released on Orchid Classics in October. Roger is organ soloist on the soundtrack of the blockbuster film Interstellar and recently performed the score live at the Royal Albert Hall. His organ performances and recordings are numerous. Roger has just completed a recording of the twenty sonatas of Rheinberger.