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 with David Flood and Michael Harris at Canterbury Cathedral, and 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 a conductor, accompanist 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. Greg currently teaches music at Scarborough Sixth Form College and regularly appears as a pianist and organist on ITV’s Emmerdale programme. He is Musical Director to the Highside Singers, Accompanist for Horsforth Choral Society, Principal Conductor and Chorus Director to the North Yorkshire Chorus, and Accompanist and Deputy Conductor for Ripon Choral Society.