There are two organ scholars who assist 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 – Isabel Wideman
Isabel started learning piano at the age of seven and subsequently took up both cello and organ. She was given the opportunity to learn the organ at her school chapel at Silcoates School, Wakefield, and she developed her playing by attending a series of residential masterclasses with Dr Jennifer Bate and Stephen Farr. She was an organist at Wrenthorpe Methodist Church and was then appointed as the Organ Scholar at Wakefield Cathedral in September 2016. She spent a year working with the Cathedral Choir and Tom Moore, which introduced her to a wide range of church music. Since September 2017, she has held the position of Junior Organ Scholar here at St Mary Magdalene, working closely with the Director of Music, Alex Knight, to broaden her repertoire and develop her skills.
Out of church, Isabel enjoys participating in as many musical groups as she can at school, ranging from playing the cello in the orchestra to singing in choirs. A particular highlight has been playing in the bands for school musicals, including ‘Singin’ in the Rain’, ‘My Fair Lady’ and ‘Oliver’. She is also a goalkeeper for the school hockey team and, occasionally, for Richmond Ladies.
Isabel is in her Upper Sixth year at Radnor House School in Twickenham studying maths, further maths, history and English literature, and has been offered a place at St Andrews University to read English literature in September. She has recently been offered an organ scholarship at St Andrews, which will allow her to continue her development in the next few years.