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Accompanist: Hugh Rowlands

 

Hugh is an organist of unparalleled excellence; He began his musical career as a chorister at Westminster Abbey where he appeared on a number of CDs and sang at many special services, most notably the Royal Wedding in 2011.  in 2018 he won an Organ Scholarship at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge where he studied Music and in his gap year, he was the organ scholar at The Royal Hospital in Chelsea.  In 2020 Hugh won the Royal College of Organists Limpus Prize, Frederick Shinn Prize and Durrant Prize, the Sowerbutts Prize and Durrant Prize, the Dr F. J. Read Prize and The Ede & Ravenscroft Prize 2019/2020 (the latter awarded jointly).  In 2021 he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, recognised internationally as the most prestigious qualification for organists in the world.  During his time at Cambridge he performed on many recording projects and tours with the Sidney Sussex Choir, travelling to the United States, Singapore and Malaysia amongst other destinations.  Hugh was also the organ scholar for King's Voices, the mixed voice choir at King's College, Cambridge. 


While at the Royal Hospital, Hugh worked with the Chapel Choir in the Wren Chapel and at  the Cadogan Hall, and appears as an artist on three album that they recorded; 'A Vaughan Williams Christmas', 'Earth and Sky - Vaughan Williams Choral Premieres' (Albion) and 'In Remembrance' (SOMM).

He has performed recitals in Southwark Cathedral, St Albans Cathedral, and a number of college chapels in Cambridge and Oxford.  Hugh also takes a keen interest in new music; he has worked with artists like Clare Elton, Lizzy Laurence and the London Contemporary Orchestra at London’s Union Chapel, the Icelandic duo Jònsi and Alex, with the LCO, at London’s Barbican Centre and the Paris Philharmonie.

 

Hugh is the Organ Fellow at Hailbury School as well as the Assistant Director of Music at both St. Barnabas Church in Dulwich and the Dulwich Children's Choir.