Summer Organ Festival: Michael Bawtree

July 28, 2024 | 5:00 pm
St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Michael Bawtree was the Assistant Director of Music at St Edmundsbury Cathedral from 1999 to 2004. Come and hear him play a varied programme of organ music, to include music by Bach, Elgar, and a brand-new work by celebrated contemporary composer, Judith Bingham.


Free to attend, but please book here.

The recital starts at 5.00 pm and there will be a retiring collection.


An organist with a wide-ranging international career, Michael Bawtree has performed with many ensembles including the London Symphony, Swedish Radio, Bergen Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, Scottish Chamber, Royal Scottish National Orchestras and most recently the Symphony Orchestra of India. Solo organ recital invitations have taken Bawtree to all the major British cathedrals, Notre-Dame de Paris, Washington National Cathedral, Auckland Town Hall and across Europe and the USA.


Bawtree regularly conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and has directed the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players, the Orchestra of Scottish Opera and many performances for Scottish Ballet and Northern Ballet across the British Isles. In 2014 he lived in Mumbai for two months, leading choral workshops for the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation. Shortly before the pandemic, he directed a Youth Choir project at the Queensland Conservatorium in Brisbane and visited Vanderbilt University in Tennessee as Guest Artist. Last October, Bawtree travelled to a remote island in northwestern Greenland to lead a music project with young musicians from across Scandinavia.


For fifteen seasons Michael Bawtree has been Chorus Director of the Edinburgh Royal Choral Union and Music Director of Glasgow Chamber Choir. He is Artistic Director of Edinburgh University Chamber Choir. He made his debut at the Royal Albert Hall in London in 2015 conducting Mozart’s Requiem with the London Philharmonic Choir. Bawtree studied music and the organ at Christ’s College, Cambridge University, and conducting at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly the RSAMD). He was Assistant Director of Music at St Edmundsbury Cathedral 1999-2004 before moving to Glasgow where he now enjoys a busy freelance career as a conductor, organist, accompanist and choral director. He is Lecturer in Conducting at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.