Organists

As well as our regular Organist and Assistant Musical Director Richard Walmsley, we have been fortunate enough to have been accompanied at various times by many fine organists whose details as they were at the time of accompanying us are below.

Matthew Beetschen, Musical Director and Organist of Dunblane Cathedral, Musical Director of the Rosenethe Singers, and chairman of RSCM Scotland.

Geoff Bolton, teacher at Strathallan School.

Revd Rupert Jeffcoat, who describes himself as "born in Scotland but likes to think he worked in England and Australia as a missionary!" For 8 years the Director of Music of Coventry Cathedral, in 2005 he went out to Brisbane to run the music in the Anglican diocese there. Rupert enjoys a vast range of music, and as a priest is also committed to making worship a foretaste of heaven wherever possible.

Geoffrey Woollatt, former chorister at Southwell Minster whose previous posts include Organ Scholarships at both Manchester and Chester Cathedrals, was when he accompanied us the Assistant Organist at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow, and was studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  In 2012 he finished his studies and returned to Chester where he was appointed Assistant Organist at Chester Cathedral.

Dr Norman Mitchell, Organist and Master of the Music at Dunfermline Abbey.

Peter Wakeford, Assistant Organist of St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Glasgow.

Steven McIntyre, Assistant Organist of St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Glasgow

Michael Bawtree.  A musician with a wide-ranging career, Michael Bawtree has directed the RSNO, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and performances with Scottish Ballet and Northern Ballet across the UK. In France he has worked on Tosca, Madama Butterfly, La Boheme, Rigoletto, Otello, Cosi fan
tutte and Don Pasquale. In Scotland, operatic engagements include Albert Herring, La Clemenza di Tito, King Arthur, Flight, and Okavango Macbeth. A keen advocate of contemporary music, he has conducted world premieres of works by Judith Bingham, Phillip Cooke, Rory Boyle and Paul Mealor and Scottish premieres of works by Magnus Lindberg, Jonathan Dove, Julian Philips, Gabriel Jackson and Tarik O’Regan. Michael studied music at Cambridge University, conducting at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and is a prize-winning Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. Since 2005 he has directed the Edinburgh Royal Choral Union and Glasgow Chamber Choir; he has also directed the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, the RSNO chorus, the RCS chamber choir and the Britten-Pears Chamber Choir. As organist with the RSNO and BBC SSO, he has appeared at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, at the BBC Proms and the Edinburgh International Festival. Organ recital engagements have taken him to all the major British cathedrals, Notre-Dame de Paris and to Bermuda, New Zealand, the United States and Scandinavia. Recently he has conducted concerts in Sweden, France, Ireland, Holland, the Faroe Islands and Germany, and at the Bridgewater Hall, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and Dublin’s National Concert Hall.

Peter Backhouse, assistant organist of St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh, began his musical training as a chorister in the choir of York Minster.  Later he studied music at Edinburgh University where he graduated BMus (Hons), having won the 3rd Year Class Medal as well as the Tovey Memorial Prize for his organ playing.  He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and holder of their Choir Training Diploma, as well as an Associate of the Royal College of Music.  In 1977 he was appointed Assistant Organist at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh.  This post, with its daily accompaniment of services, as well as many concerts, recitals, broadcasts and recordings, kept him busy for over 20 years.  In 2000 he was appointed Assistant Organist at St Giles' Cathedral, and combines this post with teaching music at The Edinburgh Academy (a Day and Boarding School).  He has served on the Council of The Edinburgh Society of Organists for many years, including two as President.  He supports the work of the Royal School of Church Music and was for a number of years an organ adviser in the Edinburgh area for the Scottish Federation of Organists. He has played for services and given recitals in many cathedrals, including Westminster Abbey, Canterbury, Durham, Ripon and St Albans Cathedrals, St George's Chapel Windsor, King's College Cambridge, the Temple Church London and recently at York Minster.  As a continuo player he has played with all the major professional ensembles in Scotland.

Dr Peter Christie, former organist at St Mary's Parish Church, Haddington