News from the Province
A Yorkshireman In New York
Paul Bowen - Cathedral Organist
Paul Bowen outside St Thomas, 5th Avenue, New York City
Paul Bowen is a Yorkshireman, who developed a keen interest in the organ when in his teens he was a regular attendee at recitals in York Minster. During his time as an undergraduate at the University of Leeds, where he read mathematics and operational research, he served as organ scholar at Leeds Parish Church, as well as being the Edward Boyle Organ Scholar in the University of Leeds. Paul holds a MMus in Organ Performance from the University of Leeds, where he studied under Graham Barber and Simon Lindley.
In his capacity as cathedral organist at Bradford Cathedral, he receives invites to various places to give recitals. Last year he gave a recital at Westminster Abbey, and St Paul's Cathedral in London, the year before.
Paul writes, "It was a particular pleasure for me to be invited to give the recital at St Thomas, 5th Avenue, NYC, as this is one of the most prestigious venues in the world, and to attend and play there was a no-brainer. I gave an exciting, mixed programme which was very well received. It was a particular pleasure to receive a letter of thanks a few days later from John Scott, Director of Music at St Thomas' Church, who, by coincidence, is a Yorkshireman!"
Paul at the Organ