Assistant Organist

KARL DORMAN

Karl-Dorman-Organist-Choral-DirectorKarl Dorman (b. 1982) is Organist for the College of the Sacred Heart, Wimbledon. The College is affiliated to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Edge Hill and undertakes all its major liturgies there accompanied by the recently restored 50 stop 1912 Walker organ.

In April 2019 Karl joined the music staff of Richmond Parish Church (St. Mary Magdalene). This listed church maintains a highly traditional pattern of worship in which music reflects a commensurate status and combines it with a competent standard of choral embellishment. He was concurrently recruited as an accompanist to the New Tottenham Singers.

Karl began his training as a chorister at Rugby Parish Church under the leadership of Arnold Pugh. He was later selected to be the Organ Scholar at the Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick. He also received much support from Peter Crook, George Bevan and the Rugby School Music Department.

MUSIC STUDIES AND TRAINING

Karl was awarded an Eric Thompson Trust scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Patrick Russill and Nicholas Kynaston. Whilst a student at the RAM he was winner of the United Music Publishers Organ Ensemble Prize. Karl concluded his studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire.

ACCOMPANIST AND DIRECTOR

In September 2005 he succeeded Kerry Beaumont as a Deputy Organist at Guildford Cathedral where regularly he deputised for the then Sub Organist, David Davies, under the leadership of Stephen Farr. Sadly a period of poor health meant he had to resign this post. He was simultaneously appointed Organist & Director of Music at Merton Parish Church. After a short break his health was restored and he returned to this post and enjoyed it hugely engaging in several choir tours in the UK and Germany as well as conducting two professionally produced recordings.

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