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Our Director of Music, Katherine Dienes-Williams, was appointed in January 2012.

Katherine was born and educated in Wellington, New Zealand, where she was Organ Scholar at Wellington Cathedral from 1988 to 1991, subsequently becoming Assistant Organist. She is no stranger to Winchester having been Organ Scholar at Winchester Cathedral and Assistant Organist at Winchester College between 1991 and 1994. Since then, her career has taken her to Liverpool, Norwich and Warwick, where she spent six years as Director of Music at the Collegiate Church of St Mary’s.

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Her appointment as Organist and Master of the Choristers at Guildford Cathedral in January 2008 made her the first ever woman to hold such a post in the Church of England. She was also the first-ever female member to be elected to the Cathedral Organists' Association.

Katherine has won several awards for her organ playing, including the prestigious New Zealand Gillian Weir Waitangi Scholarship. She is a sometime guest tutor for the Royal College of Organists and is regularly invited to be a guest workshop leader for the Royal School of Church Music, both in the UK and the USA.

An active recording artist and choral composer, Katherine has studied choral training with David Hill, Chorus Master to the Bach Choir in London and Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers. She has also studied with Patrick Russill at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she took part in the Church Music Studies Course. She holds a Master of Arts in Music and Liturgy from Leeds University.

Other interests include languages (her BA is in French and German), travel, reading and swimming. Katherine is married to Patrick Williams, Librarian to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. Katherine and Patrick have a daughter, Hannah.