Andrew-John Bethke

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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[1] from the American Southern Methodist University. He later completed a doctoral degree[2] at his alma mater, UCT. Bethke was a trainee conductor at the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra.[3]

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. doi:10.17132/2377-231X.1006. ISSN 2377-231X.


His compositions include:


Bethke was a recipient of the Cape Organ Guild Barrow-Dowling Scholarship in 2004.[6]


  1. ^ May 2008 Commencement Ceremony
  2. ^ Bethke, Andrew-John (2012). Contemporary Musical Expression in Anglican Churches of the Diocese of Cape Town: Developments Since the Liturgical, Theological and Social Revolutions of the Twentieth Century (PDF) (Phd). UCT. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-04.
  3. ^ "Outreach and Education". Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. Retrieved 2015-09-09.
  4. ^ "Festival Evensong: St Pancras Church". London Festival of Contemporary Church Music. Retrieved 2015-09-09. In tender contemplation[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Winners to be announced at KJV Composition Awards". Woman Alive. Retrieved 2015-09-09. King James Bible Composition Competition
  6. ^ "The Cape Organ Guild Barrow-Dowling Scholarship". The Cape Organ Guild. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-09-09.

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