Edmund Aldhouse


 

Edmund Aldhouse

Edmund Aldhouse has been Assistant Organist of Ely Cathedral since September 2013. He is also Organist at King's Ely, where the Cathedral's choristers are educated. His work at Ely is centred on accompanying and directing the Cathedral Choir in daily services, and has also involved collaborations with artists as diverse as Gareth Malone and Jethro Tull. He has recorded with various choirs on the Priory and Regent labels, toured to many countries in Europe and the USA, and been heard in numerous BBC radio and TV broadcasts.

Prior to taking up his appointment at Ely, Edmund held posts at Chichester and Rochester Cathedrals, and was latterly Assistant Director of Music at Ripon Cathedral . A pupil first of Chetham's School of Music and then the Manchester Grammar School, and a former Organ Scholar of Pembroke College, Oxford, from where he holds a First Class Honours Degree in French and German, Edmund's organ teachers have included John Wellingham and David Sanger. Much of his organ study was pursued in France under Frédéric Blanc and François-Henri Houbart, resulting in a unanimous Premier Prix de Virtuosité at the Conservatoire de Rueil-Malmaison, near Paris, in 2008.

He continues to study the organ with Henry Fairs as part of Birmingham Conservatoire's programme for young professionals. Away from his Cathedral duties, Edmund gives organ recitals at venues throughout the UK and abroad, most recently at the Journées d'orgue de la Chaise-Dieu in the Auvergne.  He is also active as a teacher, continuo player and accompanist, appearing regularly with Ely Choral Society and other groups. He has been Director of Ely Cathedral's Voluntary Choir, the Ely Cathedral Octagon Singers, since earlier this year.