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18 August 2019 5:15pm

Aaron Shilson (Ely Cathedral)


'Dorian' Toccata in D minor BWV 538i - J.S. Bach

Chorale No. 1 - Andriessen

Variations sur 'O Filii et Filiae' - Dandrieu

Concerto in A minor BWV 593 after Vivaldi - J.S. Bach
I. (Allegro)
II. Adagio
III. Allegro

Psalm Prelude Set 2 No. 1 - Howells

Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott BuxWV 199 - Buxtehude

Fête - Langlais

Aaron Shilson is currently the Assistant Organist for Ely Cathedral Girls' Choir. He began studying the organ with Stephen Yarrow aged 13 during his time at Dover Grammar School for Boys. He spent much of his time in Dover as Organ Scholar and later as Assistant Organist at the parish church of St. Mary the Virgin in Dover.

In 2011, Aaron began studying at Leeds College of Music, continuing his Organ studies with Benjamin Saunders and Daniel Justin. He spent a year as Organ Scholar at St Anne's Cathedral in Leeds, where along with his duties of accompanying the cathedral choirs, he appeared in the cathedrals broadcasts for BBC television and radio, as well as their recording of choral works by Arvo Pärt.

After graduating from Leeds in 2014, Aaron moved to Manchester to continue his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music with Darius Battiwalla, Christopher Stokes and Gordon Stewart. During his time at the college he was twice a finalist in the annual Organ competition, and received the college's Frederick Lunt and Meadowcroft prizes for Organ. He also participated in masterclasses with Kevin Bowyer and Thomas Trotter. He balanced his studies alongside the Senior Organ Scholarship at Manchester Cathedral, where he has had the opportunity to accompany and direct the Cathedral choirs, and spending a period as the acting Sub-Organist in early 2015. A gap year saw Aaron take on a further scholarship position in St David's cathedral, before joining Ely 2017. From September 2018, Aaron also held the post of Assistant Organist at Selwyn College, Cambridge for the academic year.

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