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Variations on "Sei gegrusset, Jesu gutig" BWV 768
"Manawyddan's Glass Door"
Geoff Howells, born in Derby, is now based near Cardiff in South Wales. In his student career he was Organ Scholar at York Minster under Dr Francis Jackson, and went on to study at the Royal College of Music under John Birch and in Paris with Rolande Falcinelli at Sacre Coeur. His early working career was as a cathedral assistant organist before moving to education and freelance playing and conducting.
Since 2007 he has lived in Wales and has devoted his time to organ playing, composing and to founding the early music vocal ensemble "Early Byrd".
Geoff's interests lie in the performance of early organ and vocal music and in the work of living composers, who he is very keen to encourage by performing and promoting their work. At this time he has scheduled performances of works by Kerry Andrew, Roxanna Panufnik, Guto Pryderi Puw, Timothy Rogers and, at St Bride's, music by a former colleague from Lancashire, Andrew Keeling.
Geoff's own music includes "Sing Girl" - a setting of texts by Benjamin Zephaniah and "Binta" Breeze, "Til a' the Seas Gang Dry" - texts by Robert Burns, and, due for performance later this year, "In His Temple" - an extended work setting poems by George Herbert.