Organist & Choirmaster

 

Stefan Bednarczyk

 

Stefan read music at Oxford University and was a choral scholar at Queen’s College, where he studied under James Dalton. After being associated with other London churches – most notably Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Kensington and St Peter’s, Walworth – he came to St Patrick’s in 2004.

He is a faculty member of the Read Dance and Theatre College,and has been a visiting musical director at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art for 16 years.He has conducted several world premieres during his career – beginning with Carl Davies’ “The Swaggerer” for the New Shakespeare Company in 1990, and most recently our own St Patrick’s Magnificat by James MacMillan. He also conducted The Choir Of St Patrick’s in a recording of new sacred works by David Bowerman, due for release on the Champs Hill label in 2013.

As an actor he has several times appeared down the road from St Patrick’s in Shaftesbury Avenue, most notably in the London premiere of Coward’s “Semi-Monde”, and opposite Gene Wilder in Neil Simon’s “Laughter On The 23rd Floor”. In the theater  Stefan’s musical direction has encompassed shows in a variety of genres and venues, including the National and Barbican theaters in London. He is critically acknowledged as a leading interpreter of the works of Noel Coward and of Flanders & Swann.

Stefan Bednarczyk