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Katherine Dienes

Composer, Performer

Born: 1970


Katherine Dienes, MA, BMus, FRCO, Hon. ARSCM was appointed Director of Music at the Collegiate Church of St. Mary in Warwick in September 2001, when she became the first-ever female member to be elected to the Cathedral Organists’ Association.

Katherine was born and educated in Wellington, New Zealand, and studied for a BA in Modern Languages and a BMus at Victoria University, Wellington. Katherine was Organ Scholar at Wellington Cathedral from 1988 to 1991 when she was appointed Assistant Organist there.

She is active as a composer. Treble Clef Music Press publishes much of her treble voice repertoire in the United States of America. Other choral compositions, such as her setting of ‘Jesu dulcis memoria’, have been performed widely both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Past commissions have included a Christmas Carol Nativity commissioned by Choros, and Songs for Hannah a work for violoncello and piano for the Warwick Festival. On 7 May 2006, Hannah’s Song, a major work for women’s chorus and chamber orchestra, was premiered in Washington DC. Her composition Ave verum, was performed in 2007 in Exeter College, Oxford by the New Zealand Graduate Choir, and described by one reviewer as follows: “But most moving of all was an Ave Verum Corpus from Katherine Dienes, now music director at St Mary’s, Warwick.”

Recent work has included new compositions Ubi Caritas (2011) for the Guildford Cathedral Choir and Oh Lord, How Manifold are Thy Works (2012) for the St. Nicholas Choir of Guildford.

Katherine is a regular guest workshop leader for the Royal School of Church Music in the UK and the USA. During the past sixteen years, Katherine has given several organ recitals in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Germany, U.S.A., Bermuda, the Netherlands, Australia and Singapore. She has performed as organ soloist with both the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Halle.

Katherine has studied choral training with David Hill, Chorusmaster to the Bach Choir in London, and Patrick Russill at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she took part in the Church Music Studies Course. She holds a Master of Arts in Music and Liturgy from Leeds University.

Her work at the Collegiate Church of St. Mary broadly involves directing both the Choir of men and boys choir and the Girls’ Choir in the church, planning and leading all music in worship (there are four choral services each week as well as many extra services and special events) and developing the music programme at St. Mary’s, including directing the choral society connected to the church, Collegium. Other interests include languages (her BA is in French and German), travel, reading and swimming. She is a Knight of the Grand Order of Vitez and a Knight of the Order of St. Ladislau (Hungary).

Katherine is married to Patrick Williams, Librarian to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. Katherine and Patrick have a daughter, Hannah.

Composed (40)

Adam Lay I-bounden

for SA choir and organ

Ave Maria

for SSAA choir, 3m

Ave Verum

for SSAA choir and soprano and alto solo

Ave Verum Corpus

for SATB choir, 3m

Chester Carol

for SA choir

Dies est Laeticiae

for SS choir and organ, with optional side drum or tambourine

Everyone Sing!

for SATB choir and ensemble

Fraction Song

for SATB choir, cantor/congregation and organ


for SATB choir and organ

God Be In My Head

for SATB choir

God Be With You

for SATB choir

God of Hosts

for solo voice, SA choir and organ

I Sing of a Maiden

for SATB choir and organ

I Will Be Your God

for SATB choir

I will sing unto the Lord

for SATB choir

Jesu dulcis memoria

for SAATB choir and alto soloist

Litany for the Ordination of Priests

for four-part women's choir and cantor

Litany of Healing

for SAT choir, congregation and organ

Litany of the Resurrection

for SAATBB choir

Magnificat "Regina coeli"

for SSAA chorus and soprano solo, 4m


for SATB choir and organ


for SATB choir

Never Weather-Beaten Sail

for two SATB choirs

Norwich Festival Mass

for two SATB choirs and organ

O How Amiable

for SATB choir and organ

O Most Merciful

for SATB choir and solo tenor

Oculi Omnium

for SSA choir

Oculi Omnium

for SATB choir

Our Father

for SSA choir

Our wedding anthem

for SATB choir and organ

Psalm 116 (117)

for solo voice, SATB choir and organ

Psalm 150

for SATB choir and organ

Responses (for the NZ Liturgy)

for choir and organ

Silent Night

for SSSAA chorus, soprano solo and three descants

Songs for Hannah

for cello and piano

Telling God's Story

for SATB and organ

The Father Julius Canticles

for SA choir and organ

The St. Paul Eucharist

for SATB choir with organ

Arranged (3)

Adam Lay I-bounden

for SA choir and organ

Oculi Omnium

for SSA choir

Silent Night

for SSSAA chorus, soprano solo and three descants