Dr Kevin Bowyer was born in Southend-on-Sea in January 1961. His initial studies with Eric Welch led him to the Royal Academy of Music (1979-82), where his teachers included Douglas Hawkridge, Christopher Bowers-Broadbent, Arthur Wills, Paul Steinitz, Arthur Pritchard and Virginia Black. Subsequently he studied with David Sanger on an award from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. Five international first prizes in organ playing (St. Albans, Dublin, Paisley, Odense and Calgary) led to an early recording career, notably a 13 year contract (1988-2001) with Nimbus Records, producing a large number of CDs, including a 29 CD set of the complete organ music of J S Bach.
In 1987 he gave the world premiere of Kaikhosru Sorabji’s (1892-1988) 2 hour solo Symphony for organ (1924), considered unplayable ever since its appearance in print, and this gave rise to his reputation for playing “impossible” music – a field that keeps him busy to this day – he is regularly called upon to play Brian Ferneyhough, Chris Dench, Iannis Xenakis, Milton Babbitt, Niccolo Castiglioni, etc.
He taught organ at the RNCM in Manchester from 1999-2008 but gave up the post in order to concentrate on a six year PhD project, producing the first critical, practice-based edition of the complete organ works of Sorabji (all three solo symphonies – a total of more than 1,000 pages of dense A3, funded by the University of Glasgow Trust). In 2010 he gave the premiere of Sorabji’s monumental Second Organ Symphony (1929-32), at over eight hours in length, the longest solo organ work in existence.
Kevin has played and broadcast throughout the world and is one of the most heavily recorded organists ever, having released more than 100 commercial CDs. He still keeps a small number of students, a few of whom travel more than halfway across the world for their lessons.
Kevin has been Organist to the University of Glasgow since 2005. He has four grown up children, all of whom have steered clear of music. He enjoys, sleeping, reading and wide open spaces.
Dr Katy Lavinia Cooper took up the position of Director of Chapel Music in April 2015, having been involved with chapel music since 1998. Katy sang in the choir as a Choral Scholar and volunteer singer for over twelve years before taking up conducting roles (Lanfine Conducting Scholar, Associate Conductor). Following the completion of her undergraduate degree in Music at Glasgow, Katy completed an MMus, studying with Warwick Edwards and focusing on 'Songs and Fancies', the first book of secular music to be published in Scotland. In 2016, Katy completed her doctoral thesis on the Commonplace book of Robert Edward.
In addition to conducting chapel choir, Katy is Musical Director of Glasgow-based chamber choir Cathures, conducts Tartan Tones (John Lewis Glasgow/Hamilton Branch Choir) and Glasgow Madrigirls. Katy also works as a choral conducting tutor with Sing for Pleasure and with choirs for young people at the Glad Foundation.
As a singer Katy performs with the harmony folk-groups Muldoon's Picnic and Crying Lion and the early music
ensemble Sang Scule. She also sings with chamber choirs Serafine and Sine Nomine. Her compositions and arrangements for choir have been widely published and performed, and she was recently commissioned by Scottish Opera to write the score of the children's opera "KidO" (four stars in The Herald).