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Katherine Dienes-Williams

Composer, conductor and international organ recitalist

About

Katherine Dienes-Williams, MA, BMus, LTCL, FRCO, Hon ARSCM, Hon GCM has been the Organist and Master of the Choristers at Guildford Cathedral since2008. She was the first-ever female member to be elected to the Cathedral Organists' Association, and on her appointment to Guildford, became the first ever woman to hold such a post in the Church of England. She is also the Musical Director of the Winchester-based chamber choir, Southern Voices.

Katherine is in high demand as an organ recitalist in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Germany, U.S.A., Bermuda, the Netherlands, South Africa, Australia, Spain and Singapore. She has performed as organ soloist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hallé, the City of London Sinfonia and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and has taught a masterclass at the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, USA. She is also active as a composer, having received several commissions both in the UK, the USA and New Zealand.

Katherine’s other interests include languages(her BA is in French and German), travel, reading and fitness. She is a Knight of the Grand Order of Vitéz and a Knight of the Order of St. Ladislau (Hungary).

Katherine is married to Patrick Williams, and they have a daughter, Hannah who is currently studying Music at Cambridge University.

Katherine is an excellent speaker and in her recital she will introduce pieces across a wide range of countries and periods.  Katherine will perform in St Mary's Church at 7.30 on Friday 23rd June 2023.

Here is Katherine's Programme of Music:

Fantasia in C – William Byrd (1540 -1623)

Four pieces on musical clocks – Josef Haydn (1732-1809): I) Tempo di menuetto IV)Tempo di menuetto VI Menuett VIII Marche

Toccata II in D minor - Johann Jakob Froberger (c. 1616-1667)

Folk tune – Percy Whitlock (1903-1946)

Prelude on ‘Pange lingua’ – Kerensa Briggs (b. 1991)

Menuetto-Impromptu from ‘Miniature Suite’ – John Ireland (1914-1992)

Schwingdich auf – Ethel Smyth (1858-1944)

Trio Sonata 4 (ii) – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Berceuse– Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

In Paradisum - Ghislaine Reece-Trapp (b. 1992)

Toccata from ‘Uzbekistan Suite’ – Georgi Mushel (1909-1989)

You can book tickets for this wonderful organ recital HERE

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