New Year honours for Anne Marsden Thomas and Jeffrey Skidmore
6 January 2015
Anne Marsden Thomas has been awarded an MBE (for services to organ music) in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours.
Marsden Thomas founded the St Giles International Organ School in 1992, which subsequently teamed up with the Royal College of Organists to become the RCO Academy Organ School. In the 23 years since its founding, thousands of organists of all ages and ability levels have received training at the School, which has gained an international reputation, with centres across the UK, summer courses, workshops and individual teaching.
Marsden Thomas also teaches at the Royal Academy of Music, and has published books and articles on organ teaching, most recently Pedalling for Organists (Cramer Music £15.90) and the Oxford Bach Books for Organ (OUP books 1-3, £8.95-£10.95 per volume).
Other titles presented in 2015’s New Year honours list include CBEs for chief executive of Aldeburgh Music and former controller of BBC Radio 3 Roger Wright and the Southbank Centre’s artistic director Jude Kelly, and an OBE for Jeffrey Skidmore, founder-conductor of Birmingham-based chamber choir Ex Cathedra.
Skidmore said: ‘It is a great personal honour for me to receive this award. It is also a tribute to the many groups and institutions I have worked with over a long period of time and in particular Ex Cathedra.’
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New appointment for Gijs LeenaarsHans van der Woerd
British winners at the 2014 Canadian International Organ Competition
14 November 2014
Grand Prize winner David BaskeyfieldGeorge Liberman
David Baskeyfield (30) won the Grand Prize at the Canadian International Organ Competition 2014; he also took the Royal Canadian College of Organists Prize for the best performance of a piece by a Canadian composer, and the Richard-Bradshaw Audience Prize. His final round programme included works by Mozart, Willan, Isoir, Alain and Widor, performed on the IV/90 Casavant organ in Notre Dame Basilica.
Andrew Dewar (32) took second prize and the Bach Prize. Both Baskeyfield and Dewar are past winners of St Albans International Organ Festival, in 2011 and 2005 (respectively). Third place went to Daria Burlak (27), from Russia.
The competition was adjudicated by an international jury chaired by John Grew (Canada), accompanied by Jacques Boucher (Canada), James David Christie (USA), Stefan Engels (Germany), Janette Fishell (USA), Marnie Giesbrecht (Canada), Olivier Latry (France), Pier Damiano Peretti (Italy and Austria), and Dame Gillian Weir (UK).
The final round was recorded by ICI Musique and highlights were broadcast nationally on 23 October All competition rounds can be listened to at cbcmusic.ca/CIOC.
College organist and senior lecturer of KCL David Trendell dies
14 November 2014
New Resource Helps Lincolnshire Sing
22 September 2014
A new mapping resource on the soundLINCS website helps people find community choral groups in their area.
Lincolnshire Sings is a mapping tool which displays choral groups across the county, allowing people to filter and search for a group relevant to them and to discover more information, including contact details, rehearsal time and venue.
The resource was put together by soundLINCS, working with the Lincolnshire Music and Arts Education Hub and Lincolnshire Music service. The project received over 100 responses from all corners of the county, covering a diverse range of singing opportunities in Lincolnshire, from rock choirs to barbershop quartets, sea shanties to Gilbert and Sullivan.
Allison Jackson, programme development manager at soundLINCS, commented: ‘Lincolnshire Sings will be a one-stop shop for aspiring singers or teachers wanting to find groups close to them that they can get involved with. We hope it will encourage and enable young people and adults who love to sing the opportunity to easily find out how and where to go to join others with a passion for singing!’
The map can be viewed
on the soundLINCS website at http://www.soundlincs.org/lincolnshire-sings-mapping/.
If you know of any other singing or vocal groups in your area not on this map,
please contact soundLINCS at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 01522 510073.