Reading Bluecoat pupil plays the organ at St Paul's CathedralBy Laura Herbert
February 12, 2013
A Reading Blue Coat pupil got the chance to play the organ at St Paul’s Cathedral last month.
Edward Reeve, supported by music and history of art pupils and staff, gave his performance following the Evensong service on Thursday, January 17.
The 17-year-old said: “It was a great honour and pleasure to play such a magnificent instrument in one of the greatest cathedrals in the world.
“The organ at St Paul’s is by the world famous organ builder, Father Willis, whose other famous cathedral organ is that of Salisbury, where I will be organ scholar next year.”
The Year 13 pupil achieved an organ scholarship to Cambridge and an offer to study music at the university, but will postpone his studies to accept his organ scholarship at Salisbury Cathedral.
Last year, he reached the second round of the BBC Young Musician of the Year keyboard contest, making him one of the top 10 young pianists in the country.
His performance at St Paul’s followed a school trip led by Blue Coat’s head of history of art, Adam Rattray.
Edward has also been invited to give a solo recital at the cathedral next year.