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Andrew-John Bethke is a South African composer, conductor and organist.



Bethke did his first degree at the University of Cape Town, he followed that up with a master's degree in sacred music from the American Southern Methodist University. He later completed a doctoral degree at his alma mater, UCT. Bethke was a trainee conductor at the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra.

Bethke is the director of music and precentor at the St. Michael and St. George Cathedral in Grahamstown as well as being the conductor of the Rhodes University Chamber Choir. He was previously a lecturer at the College of the Transfiguration.


  • "The Roots of Anglican Music in Southern Africa: A Historical Survey of Anglican Music in the Cape". Anglican and Episcopal History. 83 (1): 1–19. March 2014. 
  • "History of Hymns: "Tis Finished! The Messiah Dies"". Discipleship Ministries. General Board of Discipleship, The United Methodist Church. Retrieved 2015-09-09. 
  • "A Breath of Fresh Air: Some Thoughts on the Future of the Christian Church in Southern Africa Today". Anglican Theological Review. 97 (2). Spring 2015. 
  • Celebrating the Seasons: Themes and Symbols of the Christian Year. Anglican Church of Southern Africa. 2015. 
  • "Music in the South African Anglican Diocese of Cape Town from 1900 to the Present: Toward a History of Anglican Music in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa". Yale Journal of Music & Religion. 2 (1). 2016. ISSN 2377-231X. doi:10.17132/2377-231X.1006. 
  • Compositions

    His compositions include:

  • In tender contemplation, premiered at the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music on 10 May 2015.
  • Sing, O heavens, an entrant in the King James Bible Composition Competition.
  • Awards

    Bethke was a recipient of the Cape Organ Guild Barrow-Dowling Scholarship in 2004.


    Andrew-John Bethke Wikipedia

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