Benjamin Giddens – organ
Recorded live at St Bride’s on Friday 30th July.P Whitlock
FanfareJ S Bach
Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543H Statham
Rhapsody on a groundC H Parry
Chorale Prelude on EventideH Brewer
Ben Giddens is currently Associate Organist at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London. His duties involve accompanying the various choirs and performing at services, concerts and broadcasts. Whilst at St Martin’s, he has had the opportunity to perform with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields and the Brandenburg Sinfonia. Ben combines this with a portfolio of freelance work, teaching and performing, as well as holding the post of Associate Director of Music and Organist at St James’s, Sussex Gardens where he regularly contributes to the liturgical life of the Church.
Between 2014 and 2015, Ben 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. From 2009-2012 Ben 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 he 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.
Ben holds a first class honours degree in Music from the University of East Anglia. Whilst studying for his degree, he held the organ scholarship at Norwich Cathedral and had the opportunity to perform live on BBC Radio 3 and toured to Malta and the USA with the Cathedral Choirs.
Ben currently maintains an active schedule of freelance performing and holds the post of accompanist at the University of Reading as well as deputising regularly at The Tower of London, St Paul’s Knightsbridge and St Bride’s.
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