An opportunity to play the Cathedral’s Grand Organ is being offered to young organists within the diocese, under the age of 18, on Thursday 17 March. The evening (6.30pm until 8.30pm) has been organised by the Cathedral’s Second Assistant Organist, Adrian Bawtree.
The aim is to encourage young organists and find out how the Cathedral might be able to support their development. Adrian hopes the initiative will really appeal to local budding organists: “The acoustic in a cathedral is unique. For a young organist, it’s a great thing to be able to experience.”
“We want to find out what these young peoples’ musical expectations and aspirations are and how we might be able to help them. My intention is that this will be on-going and so this is also about us building relationships.”
As well as a chance to play a fine instrument, the event is also an opportunity to learn more about the role of a church musician and what it has to offer. For Adrian, being a church organist opens the door to a varied and fulfilling career:
“You will have a very interesting time if you make the organ part of your life. The music leader in a church can often be quite an influential person and so it is a position that comes with real responsibility. It has so many transferable skills, which is very important, as you have to be able to manage people and relationships, and learn how to handle a variety of situations. As well as the playing, there are opportunities to compose music and conduct, and then of course there is the spiritual dimension to the job as well.”
Anyone interested in taking part, or anyone who knows someone who could benefit from the opportunity, should contact Adrian via email on: Adrian.Bawtree@canterbury-cathedral.org All those attending will need to be accompanied by a parent, carer or guardian.