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ORGANIST and active composer Christopher Bowers-Broadbent is putting on the next in the International Organ Festival series of concerts.

Together with the Royal Academy of Music Brass Ensemble, he is appearing at 5.30pm next Saturday, January 22, at St Peter’s Church in St Albans.

Christopher studied both organ and composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London where he subsequently became Professor of Organ from 1973 to 1992 and a Fellow.

He gave his first major recital in the St Albans International Organ Festival in 1969 and at the Royal Festival Hall in 1971. He first appeared as a soloist in the Proms in 1972 and has recorded many CDs, particularly of contemporary music.

As well as his busy playing schedule, he is an active composer with recent commissions for the Leipzig Gewandhaus and the Estonian Chamber Choir. His fourth short opera will receive its first performance in 2012.

His programme for the St Albans concert includes music by Dupre, JS Bach, Peter Dickinson and Widor. He will also be playing his own composition Media Vita.

Entrance is free with a retiring collection in aid of the International Organ Festival Society. There will be an opportunity to meet the soloist after the concert.