St Bride's: News

At 19, the young organist with the world at his feet!

A 19-year-old organist, currently organ scholar at St Bride's, whose career promises to be one of the most successful in church and cathedral music, has landed three posts this summer which should clear the way to a highly successful career.

Edward Dean, whose parents live in Horsham, was the first-ever organ scholar to be appointed at Lancing College, home to the largest collegiate chapel in the world. Now he is off to Paris to further his studies at a world-famous church, whose previous organists have included Charles-Marie Widor and Marcel Dupré. He has also been elected as assistant organist at the American cathedral in the French capitol. 'It is very exciting for me, if not somewhat nerve-racking, but a wonderful opportunity,' he says.

As part of his studies, Edward has been organ scholar at the world-famous journalists' church of St Bride, Fleet Street, London, where has captivated worshippers with his solo efforts at the end of services in the Wren church.

He held this post as part of his studies at the Royal College of Music (RCM) where he has been an undergraduate student since 2009. From September, he will continue to combine his studies at the RCM with his pursuits in Paris, where he will study at the huge church of Saint-Sulpice under Sophie-Veronique Cauchefer-Choplin on the Cavaille-Coll, one of the largest church organs in the world. High in the organ loft at the west end of the church, which is close to Notre Dame Cathedral, the organ-composers Widor and Dupré played and composed many of their works.

In the meantime, Edward continues to study organ with David Graham (The Church of the Immaculate Conception, Mayfair) and Lancing College. He received his tuition prior to this from Adrian Bawtree (Christ's Hospital).

Appropriately enough during his post at St Bride's Church, he has been writing for The Organ magazine. Some of his forthcoming events are planned at Arundel Cathedral and St. David's Cathedral (Pembrokeshire) and if all this activity is not enough, he is even finding time to act as resident harpsichordist at Podiumfestivalen Haugesund, Norway!

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