Neil Cockburn

Neil Cockburn

Director of Chapel Music

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Neil Cockburn Neil Cockburn

MA (Oxon); MusM (Perf); PhD

Pronouns: he/him

Hailing from St. Andrews, Scotland, Neil Cockburn’s musical education was at Oxford University (BA Hons, Music), the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, (MusM, Organ Performance, and the Professional Performance Diploma, PPRNCM), the Conservatoire National de Région Rueil-Malmaison, France (Premier prix de perfectionnement), and the University of Calgary (PhD, Musicology). He won First Prize at the 1996 Dublin International Organ Competition, and has received numerous other prestigious awards, including the W. T. Best Memorial Organ Scholarship, a scholarship from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, and the Lili Boulanger Memorial Fund Prize.

Prior to coming to King’s he was Director of Music at the Anglican Cathedral Church of the Redeemer in Calgary, Alberta, a position he combined with teaching organ at the University of Calgary and performing organ and harpsichord with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

From 2000-2015 he was Head of Organ Studies at Mount Royal Conservatory in Calgary, where he worked alongside Simon Preston on the International Summer School (2000-2009), and he was Artistic Director of the Calgary Organ Festival (2010-2015). He was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award (Credit Free) by Mount Royal University in June 2014. He held the University of Calgary’s Cantos Music Foundation Organ Scholarship, a guest faculty position, celebrating the inauguration of the new North German Baroque organ built by the Ahrend Organ Company of Germany from 2006 until 2009.

Selected Recordings:

André Raison: Messe du Sixiesme Ton and Three Magnificats
2015, Available on streaming platforms
Neil Cockburn: Solo organ

Bellerofonte Castaldi: Battaglia d’amore (Vocal and Chamber Music)
2009, Toccata Classics TOCC 0081
Neil Cockburn: Harpsichord solo and continuo