SEVENTEEN-year-old King’s School student Joe Beech has landed an organ scholarship at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
After a series of interviews, Joe was offered the opportunity on the same day.
The scholarship entails high standards of training in a collegiate environment, to develop particular skills in service playing and accompanying, solo repertoire and choir training.
Joe will have regular opportunities to play for services and to be fully involved in the life of the music department of St George’s Chapel.
He said: “Living in Windsor Castle is not an opportunity I would ever have anticipated, but it will be a hugely memorable and important year for me - and I’m looking forward to hopefully playing for the Queen.”
Having played for three years Joe describes his playing as a passion.
He said: “I’ve spent an awful lot of time at St Wulfram’s singing and playing which was really my motivation. I owe a lot to Tim Williams and the choir.”
Joe enjoys all music genres but says that when it comes to the organ J.S. Bach is hugely important to his playing.
Director of music at St Wulfram’s Church Tim Williams said: “This is a very prestigious and hotly competitive post that Joe won, against some of the most talented young organists in the country.”
Actively involved in the Grantham music scene, Joe has been involved with St Wulfram’s music since he was eight years old and has been their organ scholar since 2009.
Tim said: “Everyone is proud of Joe’s achievement and very excited for his future.”
Currently in Year 13 studying music, French and maths at A-level, Joe plans to do one academic year at Windsor Castle before attending a music college in London.