His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh

10 June 1921 — 9 April 2021

The Dean and the Chapter and the entire cathedral community extend our deepest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and her family following the death of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh. We assure her of our prayers for her and her family in their time of grief and our prayers of thanksgiving for the long life of service Prince Philip gave to our nation and to the Commonwealth. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

An online Book of Condolence has been set up at Guildford Cathedral for any members of the community who would like to add their name in thanksgiving for the life of Prince Philip and the lasting contribution he has made to the life of our nation and the Commonwealth.

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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, LTCL, 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.