Colin Druce, Accompanist & Répétiteur

Colin Druce was born and educated in North Wales. He studied piano and organ at Chester Cathedral and later at the Birmingham Conservatoire, where he won the BMI Organ Competition and the Ludlow Philharmonic Concerto Competition. He has since appeared at many of the country’s leading concert venues as organist or pianist.

In addition to concerto performances, Colin is also committed to the duo TUBA MAGNA (trumpet and organ). He has performed at numerous music festivals, at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and at concerts in Budapest and the Czech Republic, and has given recitals at Liverpool Cathedral and St Paul’s Cathedral. He has broadcast frequently for radio and television from venues that include Bristol, Manchester, Chipping Campden and Warwick.

Colin Druce was organist for the International Church Choir Festival at Coventry Cathedral in 1999 and 2000, and in Spring 2002 was an adjudicator for the Hong Kong Music Festival, the largest music festival in the world with over 130,000 entries. He has been the Society’s répétiteur and rehearsal accompanist since September 1999: he also takes sectional rehearsals and occasionally deputises for the conductor. As well as accompanying the choir on the organ in many performances, Colin has been a soloist in a number of the Society’s concerts. In addition to many performances of major organ works, he has also performed the Greig Piano Concerto, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 21 in A major, Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto in G minor; and more recently Widor’s Organ Symphony No 6.

Colin has a large private teaching practice, and he also teaches for The Kings High School for Girls, Warwick and King Henry VIII School, Coventry. He also works regularly at Warwick University, notably playing the organ for their degree ceremonies and providing piano accompaniment for scholarship and bursary auditions, as well as the annual concerto competition.

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