- The following organists have been guests at Pilgrim Uniting Church. Many are returning performers. See our Facebook page here . . . for the latest news on recitals and events.
- Ben Sheen at Pilgrim on 26 July, 2015
Benjamin Sheen is one of the UK's brightest young organists, having recently won the inaugural Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition. He has also recently been awarded Second Place and the Jon Laukvik Prize at the 2013 St. Alban's International Organ Competition in its 50th year. In addition to his competition successes, he has also completed his Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School in New York, having studied with Grammy award winning organist Paul Jacobs. He currently resides in New York City, and combines a busy concert career with the position of Assistant Organist at St. Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue.
Ben began his musical education as a chorister at St. Paul‘s Cathedral, where he took up the organ aged 10. In 2003, Ben became the youngest person ever to give a recital in the cathedral‘s Sunday evening series at the age of just 13. Ben was awarded a music scholarship to Eton College where he studied organ with Alastair Sampson and David Goode. While at Eton, Ben gave several recitals across the UK.
For three years, Ben held the position of organ scholar at Christ Church Cathedral where he was responsible for daily service playing as well as occasionally conducting the renowned cathedral choir. While studying at Oxford, Ben combined his position as organ scholar in the cathedral with a busy solo career, which led him to numerous performances in cathedrals and concert halls across the UK, as well as further afield in Australia and Germany.
Ben is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, winning the Limpus, Durrant and Frederick Shinn prizes and has recently been awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal for 2011.
Ben is a returning performer at Pilgrim playing on 26 July, 2015
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- David Drury
David Drury was born in N.S.W. in 1961 and was educated at Trinity Grammar School, Sydney. In 1984 he graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a B.Mus in organ performance and he was also the recipient of the "Vasanta" scholarship for overseas study.
During his three years in England, he studied with the Professor of organ of the Royal Academy of Music, David Sanger, and gained the Associate Diploma in organ, and the Choir-Master Diploma from the Royal College of Organists. He has given recitals in Westminster Abbey, St Paul's and Westminster Cathedrals in London & King's College Cambridge. In Paris, he has given numerous recitals at Notre Dame and La Madeleine & appeared at the Toulon Festival.
He has toured Canada and many times to the U.S.A. as a recitalist, tutor, accompanist & choral director and has given masterclasses and performed on U.S. radio & television. During 1996 he gave a recital for the Organ Historical Society's National convention in Philadelphia.
David has appeared at the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Hobart Town Halls. He has performed at the Melbourne International Festival of Organ & Harpsichord, the Newcastle Festival, the Barossa Festival & the Festival of Sydney. He broadcasts regularly for the A.B.C. and other radio stations.
David has recorded four solo compact discs as well as appearing on numerous recordings with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, The Song Company, Cantilation & Australian Baroque Brass. ABC Classics have also released 'Flourish'a trumpet and organ recording with John Foster.
As a composer, David has a large output of choral music published by 'Crescendo Music'. He is Director of Music at St. Paul's College within the University of Sydney. He is also the keyboard player with the progressive band 'Resonaxis' and Director of the David Jones Staff Christmas Choir.
David has appeareded at Pilgrim Uniting Church and is a returning performer. David played at our Advent Carols Service on Sunday, 30 November, 2014 at 11.00am.
- Other visiting organists have included
- Daniel Roth, Benjamin Bayl, John Scott, Phillip Scriven, Martin Setchell, Thomas Trotter, Clive Driskill-Smith, Simon Preston, David Goode, and William McVicker.
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- Read about Pilgrim's Organists here . . .