The Organists

Guildford Cathedral has an Organist and Master of the Choristers, a Sub Organist and an Organ Scholar.

The Organist and Master of the Choristers is responsible for planning and producing all music at services in the cathedral. This involves the recruitment and management of the lay clerks, boy choristers and girl choristers of the Cathedral Choir. During choir practices and services, the organist is usually seen conducting the choir.

The Sub Organist assists the organist and master of the choristers and takes over in her absence. During services the sub organist can usually be seen playing the organ.

The organ scholarship is held for one academic year by either an undergraduate gap year student or a postgraduate student. The organ scholar assists the organists, acts as music librarian and holds the position of organist to the Guildford Cathedral Singers.

Katherine Dienes-Williams

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Organist & Master of the Choristers


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Katherine Dienes-Williams, MA, BMus, FRCO, Hon ARSCM, Hon GCM was appointed Organist and Master of the Choristers at Guildford Cathedral in January 2008 following six years as Director of Music at the Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick. She was the first-ever female member to be elected to the Cathedral Organists' Association, and on her appointment to Guildford, became the first ever woman to hold such a post in the Church of England.

Richard Moore

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Sub Organist


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Richard Moore read Music as Organ Scholar of St John’s College, Oxford, after which he took up a place at the Royal College of Music, studying Organ with David Graham, graduating from the MMus degree with distinction, and the Walford Davies prize in organ performance. Until August 2014, Richard held the William and Irene Miller Organ Scholarship at St Paul's Cathedral, where, in addition to playing for services and training choristers, he also played at a number of important occasions, including the funeral of Baroness Thatcher.