- Instrument: Composer, Organist, Conductor
Ghislaine Reece-Trapp was Junior Organ Scholar at Wells Cathedral and the DFES Specialist Organist at Wells Cathedral School, where she studied with Matthew Owens. She spent her gap year as Organ Scholar at Guildford Cathedral before taking up an Academic Scholarship to study Music at Christ Church, Oxford, and the Organ Scholarship at the Cathedral. She studied the organ with Thomas Trotter. Following graduation, Ghislaine was promoted to the position of Assistant Organist at Christ Church, and became Director of Music at All Saints’ Church, Headington, and Head of Music at Oxford Tutorial College. She trained to be a qualified academic music teacher at Eltham College, where she was the Director of Chamber Choir and Consort Choir. Ghislaine is currently Head of Organ, an academic music teacher and Director of the Girls’ Chapel Choir at Highgate School. She studies the organ with William Whitehead.
Ghislaine won the South of England Organ Competition 2011. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, winning the Limpus, Shinn and Durrant prizes and the Coventry Cathedral Recital Award for the highest performance mark in the 2014-15 examinations. She is a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, a Consultant for the Royal School of Church Music, and a member of the Royal College of Organists Academic Board. She is also the Co-Chair for the Society of Women Organists with Anne Marsden Thomas.
Ghislaine regularly leads workshops and teaches on study days for the Royal College of Organists, the Royal School of Church Music, and the Oxford and Cambridge Singing School. She has performed as both an organist and conductor at many high profile venues including the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing, St Paul’s Cathedral, London, St Alban’s Abbey (as part of the International Organ Festival), St John’s, Smith Square, and Cadogan Hall. She has played the organ for live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4, and on Chinese national television. In 2014 Ghislaine was presented to the Queen at St James’s Palace for her services to the organ.
Ghislaine is a keen composer, and was a finalist in the BBC Radio 3 Carol of the Year Composition Competition 2016, and the Northern Ireland International Composition Competition 2016. She recently published ‘A New Work is come on hand’, a composition for SATB choir, with the RSCM. You can listen to the BBC Singers recording of her composition, and view the score, here.