Organ Recital

The 2024 Cathedral Organ Recital Series welcomes first-rate organists to play Truro’s acclaimed Father Willis Organ. This week we welcome Katherine Dienes-Williams. This recital will be live-streamed on this page at 13:10 and our YouTube channel


Communion – Blanche Rozan (floreat 20th century)

Sonata – Edward Elgar (1857-1934)


Katherine Dienes-Williams, MA, BMus, FRCO, LTCL, Hon. FRSCM, Hon. FGCM was appointed organist and master of the choristers at Guildford Cathedral in January 2008 following six years as director of music at the Collegiate Church of St. Mary, Warwick. In May 2022 she was appointed the first ever female President of the Cathedral Organists’ Association.

Katherine was born and educated in Wellington, New Zealand and studied for a BA in Modern Languages and a BMus at Victoria University, Wellington. Katherine was organ scholar at Wellington Cathedral from 1988 to 1991 when she was appointed assistant organist there.

Katherine came to England in 1991 to take up the post of organ scholar at Winchester Cathedral and assistant organist at Winchester College. She has also held posts as organist and assistant director of music at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool, assistant organist and director of the Cathedral Girls’ Choir at Norwich Cathedral prior to moving to Warwick as drector of music at the Collegiate Church of St. Mary.

She is Chair-elect of the Royal College of Organists and a trustee of both the Organists Charitable Trust and YOST (Young Organ Scholars Trust) and is regularly asked to be a guest choral workshop leader for the Royal School of Church Music in the UK, South Africa, the USA, Canada, and Australia. Katherine is also a Patron of the Society of Women Organists. She has given several organ recitals in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Germany, the USA, Bermuda, the Netherlands, South Africa, Australia, Spain, and Singapore. She has performed as organ soloist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hallé, the City of London Sinfonia, Southern Pro Musica, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She is also active as a composer, having received several commissions both in the UK, the USA, and New Zealand.

Katherine holds a Master of Arts in Music and Liturgy from Leeds University. She features both as organist and choral conductor on several recordings. She is in demand as a choral workshop leader in the UK, the USA, and several other European countries. In both summer 2019 and 2022 she directed the St. Thomas’ girl choristers’ course in New York. She will co-directed a Rodolfus Foundation senior choral course in summer 2024.

Other interests include languages (her BA is in French and German), travel, reading and fitness. She is a Knight of the Grand Order of Vitéz and a Knight of the Order of St. Ladislau (Hungary).

Katherine is married to Patrick Williams, and they have a daughter, (singing Masters’ student at the Royal Academy of Music) Hannah.


The series runs from March to October and each recital lasts around 45 minutes. There is no charge to attend or listen to these concerts. We rely on your support to help with the cost of maintaining the cathedral’s famous Father Willis Organ. Keeping the cathedral’s musical instruments in first-rate condition enables us to put on such recitals.

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