Assistant Director of Music | Organ scholarship

Diocese of Hereford Organists’ Training Scheme (DHOTS)


Organist and Director of Music

Geraint BowenGeraint Bowen became organist and director of music at the cathedral in 2001. Previously he had held posts as organist and master of the choristers at St Davids Cathedral and artistic director of the St Davids Cathedral Festival (1995–2001) assistant organist at Hereford Cathedral (1989–94), and assistant organist at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin (1986–89).

He is also conductor of the Hereford Choral Society and artistic director of the Hereford Three Choirs Festival.

He received his early musical education as a chorister at Hampstead Parish Church under Martindale Sidwell and is a graduate of Jesus College, Cambridge, where he was organ scholar from 1982 to 1985, and Trinity College, Dublin.

His work with the cathedral choir has included CD recordings of works by William Byrd and Herbert Howells, radio and television broadcasts, a tour of South Africa and five tours of the USA, and the introduction of an annual Holy Week performance of one of Bach’s Passions. The choir has also given performances of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and in 2012 completed a cycle of liturgical performances of Haydn’s last six masses. The choir’s latest recording, a disc of Easter music, was released in 2015.

At the Three Choirs Festival, he has been responsible for commissioning works by James MacMillan, John McCabe and Anthony Powers, and he has worked with some of the country’s leading orchestras, including the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

He has visited the USA several times to direct choral workshops and courses and returned there in 2011 to direct one of the summer schools organised by RSCM America in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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