The organ scholar assists the Director of Music in the running of the choir by accompanying, conducting and taking rehearsals over the course of the year. For more information on the position of Organ Scholar, please head over to our page here.
Organ Scholar – Lorenzo Bennett
Lorenzo first became involved with music making at his primary school, St Anselm’s, Tooting Bec, where he joined the choir and played in a band. When he began secondary school at Wimbledon College, he joined the choir as a treble. During the next seven years at school, he was immersed in a weekly choral schedule tackling a wide variety of English and European sacred music, and annually touring various European cities in Italy, Poland and Spain.
Ever since the first school mass, he had always been fascinated by the large J.W. Walker organ at the Sacred Heart Church, Wimbledon. He took up lessons under Karl Dorman when he was moving into the bass section and began playing and accompanying the choir and pupils for school services and masses, whilst gradually building up his solo repertoire.
Lorenzo also began accompanying congregations and choirs at St Anselm’s Church and Holy Ghost Church in Balham. He subsequently obtained an Organ Scholarship at the Sacred Heart during his sixth form years, under Robert Rathbone and David Gammie, where he gained more experience particularly in accompaniment and hymn-playing in a large church.
Lorenzo is now on a gap-year, hoping to study at university alongside an organ scholarship.