Organist

Edward Byrne

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Organist
Loughborough
Organist, continuo player, and pianist, currently based in the East Midlands

Edward is Organ Scholar at St Mary's Church, Nottingham where he accompanies the choir regularly. As well as deputising in other churches locally, he gives frequent recitals around the country. Edward received his early musical education as a chorister at Westminster Abbey where he sang in daily services as well as concerts and many prestigious events such as Nelson Mandela’s memorial service and Handel’s Messiah where he was a soloist. After leaving Westminster Abbey in 2016 he was awarded a Music Scholarship to Loughborough Grammar School where he started learning the organ under David Cowen. He has also participated in masterclasses with some of the world's best organists including Jeremy Filsell, David Goode and Anne Elise Smoot. Since he started playing the organ, Ed has since performed in cathedrals and churches across the UK.

Performance details
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
Musicianship
Genres:
Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Early music, Renaissance, Contemporary classical
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Church service, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Concert
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Other skills:
Fluent sight-reader, Arranger
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Song list

This is my solo repertoire list. If there is a piece which isn't on the list please get in touch with me to check if I can learn it. I'm also willing to advise on music choice, too.
Alain, Jehan (1911 - 1940)
Trois Pièces (Variations sur un thème de Clément Jannequin, Le Jardin Suspendu, Litanies)
Deux Chorals
Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685 - 1750)
(Please enquire)
Boëllmann, Léon (1862 - 1897)
Suite Gothique, Op. 25
Brahms, Johannes (1833 - 1897)
Eleven Chorale Preludes, Op. 122
Briggs, David (b. 1962)
Variations on Greensleeves (2005)
Buxtehude, Dietrich (c.1637 - 1707)
Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne in C (BuxWV 137)
Praeludium in G minor (BuxWV 149)
Passacaglia in D minor (BuxWV 161)
Byrd, William (c.1540 - 1623)
Fantasia in D minor
Clarke, Jeremiah (1674 - 1707)
Trumpet Voluntary
Demessieux, Jeanne (1921 - 1968)
Te Deum
(Page is still in progress)
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

Let me know as quickly as possible so we can sort something out

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Yes but if you want a piece which isn’t on the list ask me and I will try to learn it!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Royal Albert Hall Birmingham Symphony Hall Westminster Abbey St Paul's Cathedral, London Cadogan Hall National Cathedral, Washington DC Overture Hall, Madison, WI St Thomas' Church, 5th Avenue, NYC Woolsey Hall, Yale University, New Haven, CT Worcester Cathedral Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge Leicester Cathedral and many more!

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

The organists who influenced me the most were Pierre Cochereau, Jeremy Filsell and David Briggs. Their improvisations and performances of especially the French modern repertoire were inspiring.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Probably Nelson Mandela's Memorial service in Westminster Abbey or Britten’s War Requiem in the Royal Albert Hall

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)£25
Up to 1 hour£60
Up to 2 hours£120
Up to 3 hours£180
Packages
Church Service
Includes music before, during and after the service, as well as accompaniment of hymns. Organ and/or piano.
£35
Choral Service
Includes music before, during and after the service, as well as accompaniment of hymns and choral works. Organ and/or piano.
£50
Funeral
Includes music before, after the service and during as well as accompaniment of hymns. Organ and/or piano.
£85
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. Also accompaniment of hymns.
£100