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Edward Byrne obtains Organ Scholarship at Worcester Cathedral

Edward Byrne, St Mary’s Organ Scholar, has been successful in appointment to a prestigious post at Worcester Cathedral.

Edward fought off competition to be appointed as Organ Scholar at the cathedral, commencing in September 2021 after completing his studies at Loughborough Grammar School.  His duties will include playing for cathedral services, accompanying the choir, assisting with the training of choristers and managing the music library.  He will gain tutelage and guidance from the music staff of the cathedral, including Director of Music Samuel Hudson and Assistant Director of Music Nicholas Freestone.

Edward has been Organ Scholar at St Mary’s since 2019 and will continue in his role until he leaves for Worcester. Edward has made a huge contribution to the musical offering of the church as well as benefiting from tutelage by John Keys and accompanying the church’s fine choir.

Edward says of his achievement, “I am incredibly excited to start working at Worcester Cathedral next year. It will be an amazing opportunity to contribute to the musical life of the Cathedral and also the opportunity to take part in the Three Choirs Festival. I am certain that this would not be possible without my scholarship here at St Mary’s. I am indebted to John Keys for all of the support and opportunities he has given me over the last two years. I will really miss St Mary’s but I look forward to coming back and playing when I’m in the area!”