Colin was also accompanist for thirteen years until 2010 to the Hull Choral Union and participated regularly in concerts in Hull and the surrounding area for both choral societies. He has also performed with several other local organisations including the Beverley Chamber Choir, the Hull Bach Choir and the recently ‘retired’ Melsa Consort. He is currently President of the Hull and East Riding Organ Group (HEROG), the local organists’ association.
Originally from West Middlesex, Colin won an organ scholarship in 1964 to St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, where he studied organ and choral practice with Peter Le Huray, later gaining the award of Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists.
From 1996 until 2010 Colin was Assistant Organist at Beverley Minster with Director of Music, Alan Spedding, and between 1999 and 2016 he was a member of the Examiners’ panel for Trinity College London having undertaken tours in Europe, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, including a role as examiner in music theory. Until his retirement in 2009, Colin was a part-time lecturer in music at the University of Hull. He was appointed a Fellow of the University at the beginning of September 2010 and continues to play for degree ceremonies. In December 2015 he successfully completed a doctorate with a thesis on the subject of aural skills for university music students. A book based on this research was published in 2016 by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Colin Wright recorded two CDs of organ music at Beverley Minster, the first of which was re-released in 2017. The second, entitled English Concert Music, features several works by composers particularly associated with this region.