Organist

Aaron Hawthorne

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Organist
Motherwell
Award Winning Organist

Aaron is now a fourth and final-year Music MA student at the University of Glasgow, taking special interest in composition, performance practice, music criticism, education, and film music. Alongside his academic studies, Aaron is in the fortunate position of having a busy freelance lifestyle as a young musician in Scotland, quickly making a name for himself within many musical circles. Aaron is closely connected to the Diocese of Motherwell. He is the principal organist of St Bride’s Roman Catholic Church in Cambuslang, and also served a four year residency in the Motherwell Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral. Heavily involved within the niche art form that is the ‘cinema’ organ, Aaron holds the title of senior section winner of the American Theatre Organ Society’s UK Young Theatre Organist of the Year 2017. He is a committed member of the Scottish Cinema Organ Trust and takes an active role in promoting, preserving and performing-on Scotland’s only functioning Wurlitzer cinema pipe organ. Aaron also receives regular bookings to perform on cinema organs across the UK. In early 2018, he shadowed Balfour-Rowley Ltd. Organ Builders, working on the restoration of a 3/6 Compton Cinema Organ at Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life, where he later took on an internship with the museum and continues to be involved with the instrument. In November 2017, Aaron became the youngest musician to join the team of organists at the famous Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum in the West End of Glasgow, where daily recitals are held all year round. He has received much acclaim from the Glasgow press and audiences for introducing his unique ‘cinema’ style of playing to the grand Lewis and Co. instrument. Having spent 18 months with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra as a creative assistant to the prestigious Junior Chorus and Changed Voices group, Aaron has a rich knowledge and vast network within the choral world. He is now in his third season as conductor of Glasgow University’s Chamber Choir as well as being a previous leader of the university’s music society choir. His choral performances are often the highlight of a variety of concerts and events within the university and around Glasgow. In the summer of 2017, Aaron took a short term of volunteering with Drake Music Scotland, in a personal undertaking to witness the total inclusiveness of music, focussing on disability access to the arts. Aaron has also worked as a music and vocal tutor for various youth projects, including The Performance Academy, developing the potential of young people within the performing arts.

Musicianship
Genres:
Traditional church music, Christmas, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera, Classical crossover, Classical, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Ragtime, Easy listening, Light music, Vintage, Scottish music, Tango, Samba, Salsa, Polka, Latin
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Instruments:
Organ, Piano, Conductor
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Event types:
Funeral / Memorial service, Wedding, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Christmas party
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Actor, Musical comedy, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Singing teaching, Composition teaching, Musicologist
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Customer questions

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Where organ is required, the venue MUST have an instrument deemed suitable for performance. If piano is required, it is desired that the venue has its own, however in extreme cases, a portable digital piano will be provided.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Requests must be sent no later than a month before the event. In the case of funerals, an additional £20 fee will be added for any out-of-the-ordinary pieces requested.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

- Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum - Dundee Caird Hall - Edinburgh Usher Hall - University of Glasgow Concert Hall - Various churches in Central/ West of Scotland - Various venues across Scotland, England and Wales

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£60
Up to 1 hour£100
Up to 2 hours£190
Up to 3 hours£300
Packages
Church Funeral
Organ for full church funeral service up to 1 hour.
£100
Church Wedding
Organ/ piano for a full church service up to 1hr 30mins.
£150