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Paul Trepte

Organist and Director of Music

Paul Trepte
Paul Trepte

Paul Trepte (b.1954) studied organ with Donald Hunt and Nicholas Danby, and composition with Herbert Howells. He became a member of the National Youth Orchestra at 12 years of age and went up to Oxford in 1972 where he later became Organ Scholar at New College.

His professional career began in 1976 when he was appointed Assistant Organist at Worcester Cathedral where he gained experience working with the Cathedral Choirs, Choral Society and Three Choirs' Festival Chorus. An early high spot was a commission to write an anthem ("God's Grandeur") for the three Choirs' Festival Chorus and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. In 1981 he was appointed Director of Music at St. Mary's Collegiate Church, Warwick where he continued the long-standing tradition of music-making, undertaking tours and making recordings as well as broadcasting with the choir.

He moved to St. Edmundsbury Cathedral in 1985. During an exciting period of change and development, Paul quickly built up the reputation of the St Edmundsbury Cathedral Choir as well as implementing the (now somewhat unfashionable) decision of the Cathedral authorities to reinstate an exclusively all-male singing tradition.

In September 1990 he succeeded Arthur Wills as Organist and Director of Music at Ely Cathedral. During his time at Ely the Cathedral Choir of boys and men have given numerous concerts, made many recordings, and toured widely on both sides of the Atlantic, examples being Italy, France, Belgium, Poland, Norway, the Southern States of America and Canada.

As an organist Paul has given many recitals in UK concert halls, Cathedrals and Churches. He has also given organ recitals in Canada, the USA, Greece and Russia. He has made two solo discs on the Ely organ. The first was a programme of music by Eastern European composers, including rarities by Glasunov and Nielen's Commotio. The second recording, The English Cathedral Organ, Volume 6, comprised works by Liszt, Karg-Elert and Reger was released on The Regent label. The reviews were enthusiastic.

Paul has composed a large amount of music, much of it choral. Many of his pieces have been published (by Faber and various other t houses) and recorded. The CD Carols from Many Lands (1995) consists entirely of his own Christmas arrangements. A sabbatical term in 2006 devoted to composition resulted in a number of new choral works some of which have now been printed by Encore and Paraclete publications. The sabbatical period also allowed him to complete a cycle of Songs for Mendham, for Soprano and Chamber Ensemble, premiered in the same year by Lita Manners and members of the Britten Sinfonia.

Amongst the larger choirs he has conducted are the Leamington Bach Choir, Ipswich Bach Choir, Cambridgeshire Villages Colleges Choral Society and the Aldeburgh Foundation's Britten-Pears Choir. He now tends to concentrate on the choral life of Ely and the surrounding district. In 2006 he founded a new Children's Choir for the Cathedral, The Ely Imps. He was also actively involved in the creation of the Ely Cathedral Girls' Choir and the Cathedral based voluntary choir, Ely Cathedral Octagon Singers (ECOS). He has presented choral workshops and courses for the Royal Schools of Church Music in the United States and Canada. In 2012 he was made an Honorary Fellow of both the Royal Schools of Church Music and the Guild of Church Musicians.

Paul continues to conduct, compose, teach adjudicate and examine, principally for The Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music and for the Royal College of Organists. However, his prime passion is for choral conducting of any kind. The daily round of Cathedral worship remains his foremost pleasure and concern. p.trepte@cathedral.ely.anglican.org

Edmund Aldhouse

Assistant Organist

Edmund Aldhouse
Edmund Aldhouse

Edmund has been Assistant Organist of Ely Cathedral since September 2013. He is also Organist to the Cathedral's Choir School, King's Ely. He came to Ely from Ripon Cathedral, where he was appointed Assistant Director of Music in 2009, having held previous appointments at Rochester and Chichester Cathedrals.

Whilst Sub-Organist of Rochester Cathedral he accompanied the Cathedral choirs on tours to the USA, Italy, Holland and Hungary as well as several recordings and live BBC broadcasts. He also directed the Cathedral Girls' Choir. He continued his involvement in the daily liturgy at Ripon, accompanying and directing the Cathedral Choir, and shaping an expanding organ recital and concert programme. Performances at Ripon of cycles by Messiaen and Dupré, set alongside words and images, received much acclaim. He was also very active in the musical life of Ripon Cathedral Choir School until its closure in July 2012.

Edmund began his musical training as a chorister at Manchester Cathedral, taking up the organ as soon as he was tall enough! A pupil first of Chetham's School of Music and then the Manchester Grammar School, and a former Organ Scholar of Pembroke College, Oxford, from where he holds a First Class Honours Degree in French and German, Edmund's organ teachers have included John Wellingham and David Sanger. Much of his organ study has been pursued in France under Frédéric Blanc and François-Henri Houbart, resulting in a unanimous Premier Prix de Virtuosité at the Conservatoire de Rueil-Malmaison, near Paris, in 2008. He has an ongoing fascination with the French schools of interpretation and improvisation.

Edmund has given organ recitals at venues throughout the UK and abroad, and is also active as a teacher and piano accompanist. He is increasingly in demand as a choral conductor, and from 2012 until his appointment to Ely, was musical director of the Harrogate chamber choir, Vocalis, establishing them as one of Yorkshire's leading chamber choirs and conducting several acclaimed performances. e.aldhouse@cathedral.ely.anglican.org