Organized Crime is an organ duo that grew from the friendship between Rachel Mahon and Sarah Svendsen, who met at the University of Toronto. The programme includes 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's concerts are unlike any other organ concerts and appeal to everyone, from the organ aficionado to one completely unfamiliar with the pipes. The performance must be seen as well as heard and so must take place on an exposed console. If you are interested in having us to perform, but do not have an organ, digital organs are available to rent from many dealers.


Rachel Mahon is Assistant Organist at Chester Cathedral, UK, a post she combines with a busy international recital schedule. Recent and upcoming recitals include an opening concert for the Montreal Symphony with an all-English programme at Maison symphonique de Montréal; St Alban’s Cathedral, UK; Royal Canadian College of Organists’ National Convention 2016; Orgelsommer Festival 2016, St. Michaelis Church, Lüneburg, Germany; Temple Church, London, UK (presented by the Keyboard Trust); and St Thomas Fifth Avenue, New York City. She is equally experienced as an accompanist, having performed extensively with numerous choirs and ensembles, including the Mendelssohn Singers, the Elora Festival Singers and the Tallis Choir of Toronto.
Rachel was Organ Scholar at St Paul's Cathedral in London, England from 2014-2016. As one of the full time organists, she regularly played and conducted for services, working with the world famous Cathedral Choir in the daily cycle of worship as well as services of National significance. She has played for several high profile events, including those in the presence of royalty.
Rachel has won numerous awards and competitions in Canada, including a graduating scholarship from the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and the Godfrey Hewitt Memorial Scholarship from the Royal Canadian College of Organists. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from the University of Toronto, where she studied with Professor John Tuttle. Whilst pursuing her degree, Rachel was the Bevan Organ Scholar at Trinity College, U of T, as well as the Principal Organist at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church. She has also held organ scholarships at St James Cathedral, Toronto and Truro Cathedral, UK. Rachel currently studies with Henry Fairs at the Birmingham Conservatoire.
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Sarah Svendsen was born and raised in rural Nova Scotia, Canada. Sarah is now based in Toronto, and from fall 2013-spring 2015 Sarah will be dividing her time between Toronto and New Haven, where she is pursuing a Master's degree in Music from the Yale School of Music. This degree is in conjunction with the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. A pupil of Professor Thomas Murray, Sarah is concentrating on romantic repertoire and the promotion of modern Canadian compositions, while academically she is pursuing the Institute of Sacred Music's Church Music Diploma. For the 2013/14 Yale academic year Sarah was the organist of Battell Chapel, Yale University Church.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Music in organ performance from the University of Toronto, where she studied with Dr. Patricia Wright. During this time, she was the assistant to Dr. Wright at Toronto's Metropolitan United Church, known for housing the largest pipe organ in Canada. Sarah also spent two years on the Executive of the Toronto Centre of the Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO), and is currently an active member of the RCCO National Strategic Planning Committee. A busy performer, some of Sarah's most recent engagements have included the 2014 Truro Cathedral Lunchtime Concert Series (U.K.), the 2012 Stratford Summer Music Festival, and the 2012 Copenhagen International Organ Festival. In 2011 Sarah placed second in the Canadian National Organ Playing Competition, winning the Casavant Prize. Sarah recently recorded for the Canadian Broadcasting Company's YouTube channel as part of a special release for Halloween. For more information please visit

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