We are delighted that Alex Coutts became our new Organ Scholar and began working with our team of musicians in June.

Alex was educated at Hampton School and Cambridge University, where he read Modern Languages, graduating in June 2020. He is currently a Master’s student at University College London.

Whilst at Cambridge, Alex held Academic and Organ Scholarships at Magdalene College. The latter position saw him perform extensively across Europe and the U.S.A., at venues such as Ely and St. Edmunsbury Cathedrals, All Saints’ Margaret Street, Augsburg Cathedral, and Trinity Church, Concord.

Spending his third undergraduate year abroad, Alex was Acting Organist and Director of Music at St. George’s Church, Venice; the Anglican chaplaincy for the province of Veneto, Italy, alongside his studies at Università degli studi di Padova.

Alex has performed as a recitalist across numerous U.K. venues, including Wimborne Minster, Benenden Parish Church, and St. Dunstan’s Church, Acton, at a recital which raised almost £2000 towards the survivors fund for Grenfell Tower.

Additionally, Alex is a keen singer. Whilst teaching English in Paris in his third year, Alex sang with the cathedral choir at Holy Trinity Episcopalian Cathedral, Paris, where he also accompanied weddings and services. He was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 with his school close harmony group, with whom he was also a Choir of the Year finalist.

Away from music, Alex enjoys football and cricket, which he played for his college, as well as reading, running and cooking.

As our Organ Scholar, Alex hopes to further develop his skills in accompanying music of the Anglican choral tradition whilst working towards the professional playing qualifications of the Royal College of Organists. He also seeks the valuable experience of working with and training young choristers, which our Organ Scholarship should be able to provide. Therefore, we really look forward to having Alex in our team of musicians for the coming year.

ORGAN SCHOLARSHIP APPEAL

We are enormously grateful to the many in our congregations who help fund the Organ Scholarship salary each year through their generous donations to this ongoing project. Covid restrictions had put things on hold for a while, but now we are able to continue, as a result of this appointment. Contributions towards the cost of providing this scholarship, large or small, can be paid directly to the parish by contacting the Parish Finance Officer Silvia Garrido Kemp silvia.gkemp@parishofchingford.org.uk or the Director of Music mike.emerson@parishofchingford.org.uk or by handing any contributions personally to the Director of Music or churchwardens.