The English organist Christopher Bowers-Broadbent began his musical education as a chorister at King’s College, Cambridge. He went on to study organ and composition in London at the Royal Academy of Music, where he became a fellow and professor of organ until 1992. An important advocate of contemporary music, he has commissioned new repertoire and has given first performances of works by Arvo Pärt, Gavin Bryars, Henryk Górecki, Philip Glass, Stephen Montague, Robert Simpson, and Priaulx Rainier, in addition to composing his own choral and orchestral pieces. Bowers-Broadbent, who is organist and choirmaster of Gray’s Inn Chapel Choir in London, has made numerous recordings, including the works of Pärt, Messiaen, Elgar, and Howells. Since 1973 he has also been organist of the West London Synagogue, Great Britain’s first Reform congregation, established in 1870.
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