Jennifer Lucy Bate
(born 11 November 1944) is a British concert organist
Born in London
, Jennifer Bate is the daughter of H.A. Bate, organist of St James's, Muswell Hill
from 1924-1978. She is especially regarded as an authority on the organ music of Messiaen
, having befriended him within the last twenty years of his life as his organist of choice. In 1986, she gave the first British performance of his Livre du Saint Sacrement
at Westminster Cathedral
, and later made the world premiere
recording of the work under the personal supervision of the composer, winning the Grand Prix du Disque
. He also endorsed her earlier recordings of all of his other organ works. Bate owns scores which contain many personal markings and references made by him.
Bate has a broad repertory
spanning several centuries, also having recorded much English organ music, the complete organ works of César Franck
, and most recently the complete organ music of Felix Mendelssohn
Bate was briefly married (as his second wife) to Sir George Thalben-Ball
She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire
(OBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours.