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Date: February 03, 2000

Fit For The Queen

Robert Kwan, a fourth-year undergraduate organ student at UVic's school of music, will be taking up residence at Windsor Castle this September after winning a scholarship to study in historic St. George's Chapel.

Kwan will play at major services, accompany choirs and conduct during the one-year scholarship. He'll also live within the walls of Windsor Castle.

Originally from Nelson, B.C., Kwan has been the Sutton organ scholar at Victoria's Anglican Church of Saint John The Divine for the past three years with organist Dr. Jeffrey Campbell. Kwan has studied at UVic with Dr. Erich Schwandt and will graduate this spring.

The St. George's scholarship is open to organ students worldwide and Kwan was selected above finalists from Oxford and Birmingham universities. "In mid-January they called and said 'can you be here next week for an audition?' After playing for the organist and assistant organist, I was selected as one of two to be interviewed by the Dean and Canons of St. George's later the same day. The next day the Dean phoned and offered me the scholarship."

St. George's Chapel, the resting place of 10 sovereigns, was founded by Edward IV in 1475 and completed by Henry VIII. The chapel is dedicated to the patron saint of the Order of the Garter, Britain's highest order of chivalry, and ranks among the finest examples of late medieval architecture in the United Kingdom.

St. George's was the site of the 1999 wedding of Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones, the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

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Media contacts:
Robert Kwan at (250) 592-6213 or (250) 383-7169.
Dr. Erich Schwandt at (250) 721-7930 or (250) 658-8945.
Mike McNeney (UVic Communications) at (250) 721-7642.

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