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Portsmouth Cathedral Lunchtime Live series: Sachin Gunga, organ

Thu 17 Sep 2020 1:10pm

St Thomas’ Anglican Cathedral, Portsmouth

Booking Details: Admission is free with a retiring collection

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A series of solo and ensemble recitals, beginning at 1.10 pm in the nave. This continues through October and November.

Born in Derby, Sachin Gunga trained as a chorister in Derby Cathedral Choir and studied organ under Dr. Tom Corfield. He went on to read Classics at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, followed by a Master’s degree in Music at the Birmingham Conservatoire, under Henry Fairs and David Saint. He subsequently held organ scholarships at Truro and Wells Cathedrals, completing his ARCO diploma in 2011.

Sachin’s first Assistant Organist position was at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, where he also made his first appearance as an organist on Songs of Praise. He spent ten months at Lincoln Cathedral as Acting Assistant Director of Music, before becoming Assistant Director of Music at Wakefield Cathedral in February 2015.

Whilst in Yorkshire he was also Musical Director of St Peter’s Consort. Under his direction, this local chamber choir performed numerous works by contemporary composers such as Eric Whitacre, Jonathan Dove and James MacMillan, alongside more traditional choral repertoire.

Sachin moved to Portsmouth in January 2018, where he now holds the twofold position of Sub-Organist at Portsmouth Cathedral and School Organist of The Portsmouth Grammar School. He accompanies the Cathedral Choirs for their weekly services, in addition to concerts and tours, and has also appeared with them on BBC Radio 3 and 4. Soon after his arrival in Portsmouth, the Choir recorded a new CD of Christmas music, Verbum Caro Factum Est (Herald), for which he was accompanist.

Sachin still enjoys singing and maintains a keen interest in languages.

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