Former Organ Scholar wins international competition

Parker Ramsay

Former Organ Scholar Parker Ramsay has won the prestigious Sweelinck International Organ Competition. The competition took place in Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, and Grote of St.-Bavokerk, Haarle, and competitors had to play two programmes of 20 minutes or less.

Parker played a programme of North German baroque music that put him ahead of the other seven finalists in the eyes of judges, who included Ton Koopman and Piet Kee.

Commenting on his success, Parker wrote that he was indebted both to King's and Stephen Cleobury.

"Having been taught the important lessons of self-confidence, patience and perseverance, my time as organ scholar will forever be the defining element in my attitude and approach towards musicianship. My success has not just been my own, but that of the excellent discipline that is instilled in all the fortunate incumbents of the Organ Scholarship in the Chapel.”

As well as being an Organ Scholar, Parker read History at King's. He graduated in 2013 and is now studying a Masters in historical performance (organ and harpsichord) at Oberlin Conservatory, USA.

29 October 2014