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Christopher Bowers-Broadbent, organ

Christopher Bowers-Broadbent is an organist and composer whose playing career has taken him far and wide.  He has appeared on many CDs, those for ECM with the Hilliard Ensemble (in music by Arvo Pärt, with whom he has worked closely for 20 years), his solo albums Trivium (Pärt/Glass/Maxwell Davies), O Domina nostra (Górecki/Bryars) and Le Mystère de la Saint Trinité (Messiaen's great meditative cycle), and most recently recordings for Harmonia Mundi with Paul Hillier, the Estonian Chamber Choir and Paul’s Theatre of Voices; these have brought him widespread recognition.

His earliest musical education was as a Chorister in the Choir of King's College, Cambridge.  After a formal education at Berkhamsted School he went on to study both organ and composition at London's Royal Academy of Music, where he himself subsequently became Professor of Organ, from 1973 to 1992, and a Fellow.  He gave his first major recitals in the St Albans International Organ Festival in 1969 and at the Royal Festival Hall in 1971, and first appeared as a soloist in the Proms in 1972.  He was appointed Organist and Choirmaster of Gray's Inn Chapel in 1983; he is also  Organist of the West London Synagogue, a post he has held, with rare ecumenical aplomb, since 1973.

Apart from his busy playing schedule he never ceases to compose; some recent works include a 35-minute orchestral piece A ship bound for Tarshish (based on the 'Book of Jonah', - one of many collaborations with painter Elizabeth Hannaford), The Song at the Sea for organ, strings and timpani, (premiered in North Germany, and performed in Norway in 2004), and 7Words (an organ solo in seven movements commissioned by the Leipzig Gewandhaus, and later extended for the Estonian Chamber Choir).  He has written four small operas, The Pied Piper (a children’s opera), The Seacock Bane (for teenagers), The Last Man (a comic opera) and, scheduled for performance in 2012, The Face -a story of love, drug-dealing and blackmail.

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