Rachel Mahon is Director of Music at Coventry Cathedral in the UK, where she is responsible for training and conducting the Cathedral Choir and running the music programme. Prior to arriving at Coventry Cathedral as Assistant Director of Music in 2018, she was Assistant Organist at Chester Cathedral. Rachel was Organ Scholar at St Paul's Cathedral in London, England from 2014-2016 - the first woman organist on staff in its 1400-year history.
She combines life as a Cathedral musician with a busy international recital schedule. Recent engagements include an opening concert for the Montreal Symphony; Royal Canadian College of Organists' National Convention 2016; Orgelsommer Festivals 2016 & 2017, Lueneburg, Germany; The Toronto Bach Festival 2018; Haderslev Cathedral, Denmark; Temple Church, London, UK; St Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, New York City; Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria, BC; Pro Organo, Ottawa, ON; Westminster United Church, Winnipeg; The Toronto Bach Festival 2018; Haderslev Cathedral, Denmark; Trinity College, Cambridge; St Lawrence Jewry, London; and the Lichfield Festival 2021. She was also an instructor for the RCCO's inaugural Summer Organ Academy in 2019.
Rachel has appeared on radio as performer and presenter, most recently accompanying the BBC Singers in Choral Evensong and presenting Inside Music on BBC radio 3 and This Is My Music on CBC radio. Funded by a grant awarded by the Canada Council for the Arts, Rachel's debut solo album, featuring all Canadian music on the organ of Coventry Cathedral, was released to excellent reviews - it received five stars in Choir and Organ Magazine and was Gramophone Magazine Editor's Choice in March 2020.
Rachel holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from the University of Toronto, where she studied with Professor John Tuttle and she studied with Henry Fairs when she moved to the UK. In 2014, she was named one of the top 30 musicians under 30 in Canada by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
To learn more or for booking enquiries, please visit rachelmahon.co.uk.
In September of 2016 Chronicler musical, La Liberté reviewed Concert Organist Sarah Svendsen’s playing of the Jongen Organ Concerto with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra as “greatly virtuosic.” Svendsen is a graduate of the Yale School of Music and has performed in Europe, the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada.
Svendsen is a performer, an educator, and an academic. In her performance career, Svendsen specializes in outreach and engagement via fun interactive solo concert engagements. Sarah finds great joy in collaboration both as a soloist or in an ensemble. In November of 2019, Svendsen worked with the Winnipeg Symphony as soloist for the Poulenc Organ Concerto, and her organ duo, Organized Crime Duo, is well-known for its athletic, inspiring, and always silly stage performances. Svendsen has been recorded and featured by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s (CBC) YouTube Channel in a performance of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in d minor and has been broadcast on CBC Radio 2 for her ensemble work (2015 Luminato Festival production of Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer’s Apocalypsis, Solo Organist).
In her education initiatives, Svendsen is focused on developing engagement and outreach opportunities for organ appreciation, as well as researching and disseminating vital information on occupational health and safety to student and professional musicians and organists. Svendsen is the Curriculum Design and Program Coordinator for the Summer Organ Academy of the Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO), and serves on the RCCO’s National Strategic Planning Committee. In her academic work, Svendsen specializes in the study of musician and organist occupational health and safety, the latter of which serves as her dissertation topic at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, where she is a Doctoral Candidate. Sarah was born and raised in rural Nova Scotia, Canada.
To learn more or for booking inquiries, please go to sarahsvendsen.com.
Rachel Mahon and Sarah Svendsen formed the duo when they were at University of Toronto, where they both completed music degrees. Their shows are a mix of comedy and music and include a combination of classic organ repertoire and and popular music transcribed and arranged for the instrument. The goal of this duo is to entertain audiences with their music and antics (which involve costume changes, dazzling shoes and hot tempers) and to promote the organ to a wider audience of all ages. With this purpose in mind, Organized Crime Duo's performances are unlike any other organ concert - they must be seen as well as heard - and appeal to everyone, from the organ aficionado to one completely unfamiliar with the pipes.
ORGANIZED CRIME DUO is a comedic act whose shows uniquely combine organ playing with physical comedy. The original shows are co-written by Rachel and Sarah and involve skits, costume changes, props and all genres of music. The pair embody larger-than-life characters in their stage act, during which, they interact with the audience as much as possible and have been known to incorporate various dance/gymnastic moves while they play organ.