Sunday 30 July 2017, 2:00pm
Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall
FREE concert: no booking or tickets are required
- Benjamin Sheen
- The programme will include music by Bach, Elgar and Schumann
- and will end with Benjamin Sheen's own arrangement of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition
Benjamin Sheen is one of the UK’s brightest young organists, having won the inaugural Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition in 2013. In the same year, he was awarded Second Place and the Jon Laukvik Prize at the 2013 St. Alban’s International Organ Competition in its 50th year. In addition to his competition successes, he has also completed his Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School in New York, having studied with Grammy award winning organist Paul Jacobs. He currently resides in New York City, and combines a busy concert career with the position of Acting Organist at St. Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue.
Ben began his musical education as a chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral, where he took up the organ aged 10. In 2003, Ben became the youngest person ever to give a recital in the cathedral’s Sunday evening series at the age of just 13. Ben was awarded a music scholarship to Eton College where he studied organ with Alastair Sampson and David Goode. While at Eton, Ben gave several recitals across the UK, including Liverpool Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and York Minster as well as appearing a number of times in the Windsor Festival as a soloist. He also toured the USA with the Eton College Choir, giving a number of solo concerts in New York, Denver, Washington and Princeton University.
For three years, Ben held the position of organ scholar at Christ Church Cathedral where he was responsible for daily service playing as well as occasionally conducting the renowned cathedral choir. While studying at Oxford, Ben combined his position as organ scholar in the cathedral with a busy solo career, which led him to numerous performances in cathedrals and concert halls across the UK, as well as further afield in Australia and Germany. Recently, Ben has given several performances of his own transcription of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, as well as several concerto performances of Guilmant and Poulenc. Ben has made appearances on BBC Radio Oxford and BBC Radio 3 with Christ Church Cathedral Choir.
Ben is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, winning the Limpus, Durrant and Frederick Shinn prizes and was awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal for 2011.
Admission to this concert is free of charge
There will be an opportunity to make a donation at the conclusion of the concert.
Full programme notes will be on sale on the day for $2
The concert will begin at 2.00 pm