St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Polina Sosnina – organ

Friday, 30 November at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Polina Sosnina – organ

J S Bach

Fugue in G minor BWV 578

D Buxtehude

Passacaglia in D minor BuxWV 161

C Franck

Chorale no. 1 in E major

L Vierne

Symphony no. 3 Cantilène

H Howells

3 Psalm-Preludes, Set 1, op. 32

Psalm 23 verse 4

K Leighton

Paean

Polina Sosnina is the 2018-19 Walford Davies Organ Scholar at the Temple Church, where her responsibilities include playing for Wednesday Evensongs with the Temple Singers, teaching theory and training the probationers. Prior to her role at the Temple Church, Polina read Natural Sciences at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where she was organ scholar for three years under the direction of Jonathan Hellyer Jones. She went on to hold the Graduate Organ Scholarship at the Catholic Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs as well as the Organ Scholarship for St John's Voices in her fourth year of study.

Polina has been fortunate to have studied with a number of acclaimed organists, including Anne Page, David Graham, Gerard Brooks and William Whitehead. She has a particular interest in French repertoire and has undertaken study trips in Paris, Moulins and Souvigny. As a soloist, Polina has performed at UK venues including the Temple Church, All Hallows by the Tower, Wymondham Abbey, and St John's College, Cambridge, and in France at L'église prieurale St-Pierre et St-Paul in Souvigny, Moulins Cathedral, La Madeleine and St Clotilde in Paris. She has also performed as a chamber pianist first as a member and later guest pianist with the Britten Sinfonia Academy. In March 2017, Polina was awarded first prize in the Brian Runnett Organ Competition at St John's College, which she now holds alongside a Lincoln Award for organ performance and the Macfarlane-Grieve Prize for music from Magdalene College.

Following her graduation from Cambridge, Polina took the role of Assistant Director of Music, and later Director of Music, at St Thomas of Canterbury Church, Brentwood. There, she conducted the church's three choirs, accompanied regular choral services and was responsible for training the choristers and probationers. In her six months as interim Director of Music at St Thomas', Polina trained 11 choristers for the demanding RSCM Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards and organised several collaborative projects to raise the profile of the church's Girls' Choir.

Polina's interest in music education extends beyond the world of the Anglican choral tradition. She has worked for the musical charity Thetford Voices since 2011 and organised musical outreach projects both as a student and more recently in Brentwood. Her work at the Temple Church alongside Roger Sayer has been a fantastic learning experience in this regard and will hopefully lead to further work in this area.

Polina Sosnina is the 2018-19 Walford Davies Organ Scholar at the Temple Church in London. Prior to her role at Temple, Polina read Natural Sciences at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where she was organ scholar for three years under the direction of Jonathan Hellyer Jones. Polina has studied with a number of acclaimed organists, including Anne Page, David Graham, Gerard Brooks and William Whitehead. She has a particular interest in French repertoire and has undertaken study trips in Paris, Moulins and Souvigny. In March 2017, Polina was awarded first prize in the Brian Runnett Organ Competition at St John's College, which she now holds alongside a Lincoln Award for organ performance and the Macfarlane-Grieve Prize for music from Magdalene College, Cambridge.