Peter Holder


Peter Holder is Sub-Organist of St Paul's Cathedral and Sub-Organist elect of Westminster Abbey, a post he will take up in the autumn. His responsibilities at St Paul's include accompanying the Cathedral Choir in the daily services, and at concerts and services of national significance, including most recently the 90th birthday celebrations of HM Queen Elizabeth II.

Peter is also an Organ Tutor at the Royal Academy of Music, where he previously undertook undergraduate and postgraduate studies, gaining numerous scholarships and awards, most notably HRH Princess Alice the Duchess of Gloucesterís Prize for exemplary studentship at graduation in 2013. Peter was elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music earlier this year. He continues his repertoire studies with David Titterington, Jon Laukvik and Patrick Russill, and improvisation with Thierry Escaich. 

Peter Holder has previously held posts at St Albans Cathedral, Southwell Minster and The Royal Hospital Chelsea. He has broadcast for BBC radio and television, and performed in the 2012 BBC Proms with the combined Orchestra of the Royal Academy of Music and Juilliard School, conducted by John Adams. As a continuo player, he has performed with St Jamesís Baroque at the Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Musicís annual concert at Westminster Abbey.

Recent performances include venues such as the Royal Albert Hall; Royal Festival Hall; Reading Town Hall; St Johnís Smith Square; Westminster Abbey; the Cathedrals of Gloucester, St Paulís, and Westminster; Cambridge Summer Music Festival; John Hill Memorial Series at St Lawrence Jewry; Lichfield Festival; and St Albans International Organ Festival. His first solo recording is scheduled for release later this year recorded on the magnificent 1797 Holzhey organ of Neresheim Abbey, featuring the works of members of the Bach family, WA Mozart and Christian Heinrich Rinck.

Peterís solo repertoire is broad and eclectic, and includes transcriptions of celebrated orchestral scores (see link). His concerto repertoire includes works by Handel, Lou Harrison and Poulenc and his orchestral repertoire includes the works of composers such as Duruflť, Elgar, Resphigi, Saint-Sšens (Symphony No 3) and Walton. He is also a keen player of both the piano and harmonium, and has performed the prominent roles in Fanshawe African Sanctus and Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle on these respective instruments.
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Peter Holder