St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Ben Giddens – organ

Friday, 24 November at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Ben Giddens – organ

C Franck

Choral no. 1 in E major

M Duruflé

Sicilienne from Suite op. 5

J Jongen

Sonata Eroïca

Ben Giddens is a freelance Organist and Pianist based in Reading, Berkshire and currently maintains a portfolio of performing and teaching in London, Berkshire and Oxfordshire. Ben held the post of Director of Music at Queen Anne's School, Caversham, from 2015-2017. From 2009-2012 he held the post of Sub-Organist at Magdalen College, Oxford where he featured on recordings, and toured to Belgium and the Netherlands with the Chapel Choir. Prior to this Ben held the position of Acting Assistant Organist at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, where he performed live on BBC Radio 3 and performed at many Royal occasions. Between 2014 and 2015 he held the post of Organist at St Bartholomew the Great, London. Whilst at St Bart's he had the opportunity to work closely with Nigel Short and the professional choir.

In 2008 Ben graduated from the University of East Anglia with a first class honours degree in Music. Whilst studying for his degree, he held the organ scholarship at Norwich Cathedral. Here his notable performances included recording for ITV with the Cathedral Girls' Choir, and accompanying the Cathedral Girls' Choir on tour to Malta in 2005 and the Cathedral Choir to the USA in 2006. More recently, he has had the chance to tour Belgium (2013), Sweden (2014) and Latvia (2015) with the Cathedral Singers of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. Ben currently maintains an active schedule of freelance organ playing and deputises regularly at The Tower of London, St Bride's, Fleet Street, St Martin-in-the-Fields and St Paul's, Knightsbridge.

Ben Giddens is a freelance Organist and Pianist based in Reading, Berkshire and currently maintains a portfolio of performing and teaching in London, Berkshire and Oxfordshire. He has held organist posts at Magdalen College, Oxford, St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle and Norwich Cathedral as well as being Organist at St Bartholomew the Great from 2014-2015. Ben currently maintains an active schedule of freelance organ playing and deputises regularly at The Tower of London, St Bride's, Fleet Street, St Martin-in-the-Fields and St Paul's, Knightsbridge.