Born in Motherwell, Scotland in 1997, Aaron Hawthorne is one of Scotland’s most up and coming musicians. Aaron has very recently completed four years of studying towards his MA(Hons) Music degree at the University of Glasgow, where he studied a wide range of subjects, taking a particular interest in composition, performance practice and music criticism. While there, Aaron conducted the University of Glasgow Music Club Choir for one year and the chamber choir for three years.
Aaron began playing piano from a young age having self-taught himself to play by ear. When he attended secondary school, he received classical tuition. It was around this time when, on a family holiday to Blackpool, Aaron first encountered the Tower Ballroom and its Wurlitzer ‘theatre’ organ, which began his love for the cinema organ and eventually the wider organ world.
First playing a pipe organ in 2013, Aaron very quickly took to the various techniques required and and was resident for four years at the Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral, Motherwell. Upon starting university, Aaron then moved to St Bride’s RC Church, Cambuslang, where he remains the principal organist today.
In the summer of 2017, Aaron became the senior section winner of the UK Young Theatre Organist of the Year competition, beginning to make a name for himself as a concert and recital organist throughout the UK. His success led to being invited to join the team of organists at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in the West End of Glasgow, where daily recitals are held all year round. His ‘theatre’ style and repertoire goes down a treat with visitors to the museum, and has performed to tens of thousands of people over more than 50 recitals. Since 2017, Aaron has played in such prestigious venues as Caird Hall (Dundee) and Usher Hall (Edinburgh).
In July, 2019, Aaron won the American Theatre Organ Society’s annual Young Theatre Organist Competition, which took place in Rochester, New York (USA), attended by the four-hundred-strong audience of the ATOS annual convention at the Eisenhart Auditorium in Rochester. This competition has kickstarted the success of many careers in the professional music industry in past years, and Aaron looks forward to the same success over the next few years.
Press Publications …
- Scots organist wins Young Theatre Organist of the Year award, Scottish Catholic Observer, 9th August 2019
- Aaron hits the right notes in US showdown, Wishaw Press, 7th August 2019
- Scotsman wins prestigious music award in New York, STV News, 30th July 2019
- Aaron named young theatre organist 2019, Rutherglen Reformer, 17th July 2019
- Gifted music student gets rare chance to play prized organ, The Herald, 14th October 2017
- Young organist hits the right notes to make Kelvingrove debut, The Evening Times, 13th October 2017
- Organ is Pure Theatre for Aaron, The Motherwell Times, 9 August 2017
- 2017 YTOY Competition Report, ATOS London & South of England, August 2017