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Cornelis Taekema was born in Frisia in the Netherlands, and learned the organ from the age of ten. He was appointed deputy organist of St. Peterís in his hometown at the age of eleven. He has worked with choirs from the age of 16 when he became organist and choir master of the Catholic church in a neighbouring town and stayed in that capacity for 10 years.
He went on to study at the Conservatory of Groningen (formerly Leeuwarden) where he gained his BMus qualifications with honours and since has attended masterclasses with Jacques van Oortmerssen at the Amsterdam Conservatory, and the late organist of the Parisian church of St. Clothilde: Jean Langlais.
He has been privileged to have played the celebrated organs of Canterbury Cathedral, the Royal Albert Hall, London, Tynska Cathedral, Prague, and the Mormon Tabernacle, Salt Lake City.
He was formerly Director of Music at Dulwich Preparatory School in Cranbrook, Kent and is now a freelance Music Teacher.
Cornelis enjoys composing for the Wealden Consort and his works are frequently included in the Choirís concerts.