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Musical Director

Cornelis Taekema (1958) grew up in a musical family, in Grou, Friesland, the Netherlands and learned the Organ from the age of ten. After one year of learning he became deputy organist of St. Peterís in his hometown and served as an organist and choir master in a number of local village churches during his teens. He went on to study at the Leeuwarder Music Academy, part of the Groningen Conservatoire, where he gained his BMus qualifications and went on to have private masterclasses with Jacques van Oortmerssen at the Amsterdam Conservatoire. He has played solo Organ in many concert venues and more recently,during the Summer, he performed an Organ recital at the Holy Trinity Church in Hastings, as part of a recital series.

He has been privileged to have played the celebrated organs of Canterbury Cathedral, the Royal Albert Hall, Tynska Cathedral, Prague, St Peterís Basilica, Rome and the Tabernacle in Salt Lake City.

He was formerly Director of Music at Dulwich Prep Cranbrook for 25 years, and in his semi-retirement soon got involved in assisting at Cranbrook School and at Buckswood School, Guestling, where he was recently appointed Head of Academic Music and Classical Performance.

As an auto-didact Cornelis enjoys composing for the Wealden Consort and his works are frequently included in the Choirís concerts. These include a set of original Christmas Carols, a number of Anthems, a song cycle and short instrumental pieces for Piano, Organ and string quartet.

Cornelis Taekema

Cornelis Taekema

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