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 and has since been making 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), Usher Hall (Edinburgh) and East Sussex National Golf Resort (Sussex).
In July, 2019, Aaron was shortlisted as a finalist and 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.
Press Publications …
- 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