The American Guild of Organists and St. Paul’s present Benjamin Sheen in concert at St. Paul’s on Tuesday, October 21, at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The concert is free of charge.
Considered one of the UK’s brightest young organists, Sheen is winner of the inaugural Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition and awarded Second Place at the 2013 St. Alban’s International Organ Competition. He earned his Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School in New York and is Assistant Organist at St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York.
Sheen began his musical education as a chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, where he took up the organ at age 10. By age 13 he became the youngest person ever to give a recital in the cathedral’s Sunday evening series.
While at Eton College, to which he was awarded a musical scholarship, Sheen gave several recitals across the UK, including Liverpool Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, and York Minster as well as appearing a number of times in the Windsor Festival as a soloist. He toured the United States with the Eton College Choir and also gave a number of solo concerts in New York, Denver, Washington, and Princeton University.
For three years, Sheen held the position of organ scholar at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, where he was responsible for daily service playing as well as occasionally conducting the renowned cathedral choir. While studying at Oxford, Ben combined his position as organ scholar at the cathedral with a busy solo career, which led him to numerous performances in cathedrals and concert halls across the UK, as well as further afield in Australia and Germany.
Recently, he has given several performances of his own transcription of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, as well as several concerto performances of Guilmant and Poulenc. Ben has made appearances on BBC Radio Oxford and BBC Radio 3 with Christ Church Cathedral Choir. He has also collaborated with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Nicholas Cleobury and Duisburg Philharmonie with Jonathan Darlington.
Sheen is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, winning the Limpus, Durrant, and Frederick Shinn prizes, and was awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal for 2011.
Represented by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, Sheen is generously supported by the Hattori Foundation and the Rotary Club of the USA. His website: www.bensheen.com.
This presentation is part of a Faith and the Arts series by and for the community from St. Paul's.