PRESIDENT OF BMF
Thomas Trotter was appointed Birmingham City organist in 1983 in succession to Sir George Thalben-Ball. He is also Organist at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey, and Visiting Professor of Organ at the Royal College of Music, London. He was organ scholar at King’s College, Cambridge and later continued his studies with Marie-Claire Alain in Paris, winning the Prix de Virtuosite in her class. He was first prizewinner at the 1979 St Albans International Organ competition, and the following year he made his debut at the Royal Festival Hall, London. He was the recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society award for Best Instrumentalist in 2001, the first organist to win this award. Past winners include Andras Schiff, Itzhak Perlman and Julian Bream. More information…
Renowned for her phenomenal musicianship and for taking the harp to new heights, Catrin began learning the harp at the age of five she has been delighting audiences worldwide since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music and Drama in 2002 during this time, Catrin was appointed Royal Harpist to HRH the Prince of Wales. Major international awards include the Lily Laskine International Harp Competition, the Young Concert Artists New York an Echo Klassik in Germany and a Classical Brit nomination. Catrin has performed in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the USA, including recitals and concerto debuts in New York, Boston and Washington D.C. She has appeared with the Boston Pops, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the London Mozart Players and Sir James Galway, the Philharmonia, the Charlotte Symphony and the Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra. Visit Catrin’s website…
The festival organiser has a wide range of duties including liaison with and booking of a variety of performers for each year’s Festival. Work begins at least two years ahead of each Festival to ensure the right balance and variety of music. With a wealth of musical knowledge and enthusiasm behind him, he has driven the event forward and persuaded world-class performers to visit Bledington.