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.
Senior Organ Scholar – Kelly Lenahan
Kelly Lenahan is an American pianist and organist from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She is a second year postgraduate student at the Royal College of Music, where she studies under John Byrne as a Drapers de Turckheim Scholar. She studies the organ with Margaret Phillips. Kelly received an undergraduate degree in music performance from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.
During her time in Nashville, she worked as a session musician for country artists and singer-songwriters, and toured throughout the southern United States with her bluegrass band. Kelly also pursued collaborative work, orchestral playing, and chamber music at both Belmont and Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music. She has been a soloist with the Nashville Symphony and Belmont Symphony, and has participated in masterclasses with Olga Kern, Maurice Hinson, Vadym Kholodenko, Sean Chen, and Marvin Blickenstaff.
Additional honours were received from the National Federation of Music Clubs and the American College of Musicians’ Piano Guild, who named Kelly an International Member in 2012. Performance highlights include appearances at the Grand Ole Opry, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Fishmongers’ Hall, and the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. Kelly’s current engagements include collaborative work with the Royal Military School of Music alongside members of the Household Division bands, as well as tours with her band, Jingo.
Junior 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.
This year working with Tom Moore and the cathedral choir introduced her to the world of church music and she is delighted to stay involved with this through her appointment as the Junior Organ Scholar at St Mary’s. Isabel has just started Lower Sixth at Radnor House School in Twickenham studying Maths, Further Maths, History and English Literature.