We are very pleased to welcome Ryan Hepburn to Platinum as our resident organist and pianist for this year (and beyond)! Read a little bit about Ryan below – he will be joining us at our first workshop of 2018, Bach's Jesu, meine Freude.
Ryan Hepburn read Music at Cambridge University, where he was Organ Scholar of Robinson College. He studied organ with David Sanger, and subsequently with Dame Gillian Weir and Thomas Trotter, and piano accompaniment with Michael Dussek (Royal Academy of Music). For the past 10 years, Ryan has worked as a freelance keyboardist and conductor, with artists such as Kathryn Jenkins, Steve Reich, Sir Tim Rice, and for the Royal Family, and has recorded for Classic FM and the BBC. Active as a church musician, recitalist, and accompanist, recent engagements have included recitals and conducting work at St Martin-in-the-Fields, workshop, rehearsal and audition engagements as a pianist, and musical theatre work. Forthcoming engagements include a pre-Mass recital of French organ music at Westminster Cathedral, and a small series of recitals (with James Gough) at Arundel Cathedral, exploring and performing the complete works of Jehan Alain. Ryan holds a prize-nominated PhD from Newcastle University (for a thesis on recent works by the American minimalist composer Steve Reich), and diplomas in performance from the Royal College of Organists and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Ryan lives in Brighton with his fiancée Hannah Ashenden (a professional cellist), and from where he pursues an active freelance career and works as Head of Keyboard and Percussion at Brighton College. Ryan is delighted to work regularly with the Platinum Consort and Scott Inglis-Kidger in their explorations of outstanding choral repertoire from across the ages, and thoroughly enjoys assisting others who are equally committed to bringing great works to wider audiences.