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Hexham Abbey has a long history of excellent music stemming from Acca. This tradition continues today, with bell ringers, organists and four choirs providing music to accompany worship. (Please click the links above for more details)
The Friends of Hexham Abbey Music exists to support and promote the teaching and performance of music in Hexham Abbey, to help its ministry [more]. Recently they supported the Chamber Organ Project.
The Spring and Summer concerts come under the umbrella of Music in the Abbey (MITA) . Music in the Abbey aims to present a varied selection of high quality concerts and recitals in the unique setting of Hexham Abbey. Organ recitals feature the famous 1974 Phelps organ, whose beauty of tone and musical sensitivity continues to attract players from across the globe.
September/October brings the annual Hexham Abbey Music Festival, a big scale event which invariably attracts some top artists and large audiences.
Director of Music:
Michael Haynes studied at The Birmingham Conservatoire and The Royal Academy of Music. He has been Director of Music at Hexham Abbey for ten years. Previously he had worked at St Albanís Cathedral (as Organ Scholar), Winchester College (as Assistant Organist), Clifton College (as Assistant Director of Music), Roedean School (as Organist) and The University Church in Cambridge (as Director of Music).
Michael holds the Fellowship and Choir Master Diplomas of the Royal College of Organists and has recorded and broadcast both as an organist and choir director. (Including a new solo organ recording on the organ of Hexham Abbey, and a CD of the choirs.). He has given recitals in a number of English Cathedrals, as well as Kingís College Chapel in Cambridge, Westminster Abbey, Germany and the USA. As an Examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Michael has worked in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Europe.
Alexander Woodrow took up the position in September 2009 following a year each as Organ Scholar of Guildford and St Albans Cathedrals.
He read music as Organ Scholar of Magdalene College, Cambridge, studying with Anne Page. Whilst at Cambridge, he gave recitals in the chapels of Emmanuel, Magdalene, Pembroke, St John's and King's Colleges. Recitals elsewhere have included cathedrals at York, Ripon, Coventry, Southwark, Newcastle, Blackburn and Westminster Abbey.
Alexander became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists at the age of 19, winning first prizes in all categories, including the Limpus Prize. He was subsequently awarded the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
In the Abbey every Wednesday and Thursday at 6:30pm during term time.