JASON LÖWE WAS APPOINTED ASSISTANT ORGANIST AT DURHAM CATHEDRAL IN JANUARY 2016.
Prior to this, he was the Organist at Giggleswick School from September 2011 where, in addition to playing for the many rehearsals and chapel services and teaching, he was responsible for the upkeep and care of the school’s fine Father Willis Organ.
Jason’s musical career began at age 13 with piano lessons, broadening a year later when he began to undertake organ lessons with Robert Birbeck of Warrington Parish Church. He became Organ Scholar of the Parish Church in 2003, and from 2005 studied Organ at the Royal Northern College of Music with Darius Battiwalla where he also received tuition from Dr Simon Lindley.
During his time at the RNCM, Jason took part in masterclasses given by Jeremy Filsell, Kevin Bowyer and Thomas Trotter and in 2009, as part of the College’s ‘Raising Sparks’ event, he gave a performance of James MacMillan’s Le Tombeau de Georges Rouault which was met with great acclaim by the composer. He was Sub-Organist of St Paul’s Church, Withington, from December 2007 until Easter 2009 and a finalist in the RNCM’s 2008 Organ Recital Prize.
Jason graduated from the RNCM in December 2009 with a B-Mus (Hons) degree, and from September 2009 to August 2011 was Sydney Nicholson Organ Scholar of Manchester Cathedral, where he developed a keen interest in psalm accompaniment.
Particularly interested in solo recital work, Jason has given recitals in Liverpool, Manchester and Blackburn Cathedrals, and in the Churches of St. Elphin, Warrington, and St. Ann, Manchester. In his capacity as Organist of Giggleswick School he has given first performances of works by Cecilia McDowall and Darren Everhart, and recently appeared as the organist for ITV’s 2013 Christmas Eve broadcast of ‘Carols from the Dales’ from St Michael’s Church, Kirkby Malham.
He has a wide ranging musical taste which includes music from all periods, but he is especially interested in the music of the German Symphonic school; in particular the works of Max Reger and Franz Schmidt. In his spare time he enjoys reading, traditional West Country cider, 1960s cult television, and the Gainsborough Pictures films starring Will Hay.