Katherine Dienes-Williams will present a Heefner Memorial Organ Recital on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 4 p.m. in Bomberger Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
Dienes-Williams was appointed Organist and Master of the Choristers at Guildford Cathedral in England in 2008 following six years as Director of Music at the Collegiate Church of St. Mary, Warwick. She was the first-ever female member to be elected to the Cathedral Organists’ Association, and on her appointment to Guildford, became the first-ever woman to hold such a post in the Church of England.
Dienes-Williams has studied choral training with David Hill, Chorusmaster to the Bach Choir in London and Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers, and Patrick Russill at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She is active as a composer, and one of her compositions was performed in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1990.
Dienes-Williams was born and educated in Wellington, New Zealand, and earned a B.A. in Modern Languages and a Bachelor’s of Music at Victoria University, Wellington. She was Organ Scholar at Wellington Cathedral from 1988 to 1991 when she was appointed Assistant Organist there. She holds a Master of Arts in Music and Liturgy from Leeds University. Katherine is married to Patrick Williams, Librarian to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London.