Academy Student Appointed Organ Scholar at St Paul’s

-Posted on 08.01.2018

We are delighted to announced that third year undergraduate student, James Orford, has been appointed William and Irene Miller Organ Scholar at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Orford joins William Fox (Sub Organist from July 2018) and Nicholas Freestone (Acting Sub Organist from January to July 2018) and will take up his position this month.

Orford has won various organ prizes, piano accompaniment prizes and scholarships and, as well as studying at the Academy, is currently Organ Scholar at King’s College, London. He will hold this position in addition to his duties at St Paul’s until the end of this academic year when he will become Organ Scholar at St Paul’s for 2018–19. Prior to King’s, James was the Organ Scholar at Royal Hospital, Chelsea, and spent his gap-year as Organ Scholar at Truro Cathedral.

Following his appointment, James said: ‘I am absolutely thrilled at the opportunity to be a part of the music team at St Paul’s, a place that has inspired me since I was seven years old. The choir is of the very highest calibre and I am hugely excited to contribute to its music-making.’

Andrew Carwood, Director of Music at St Paul’s, said: ‘We look forward to working with William and James, and to seeing and hearing Nicholas in his enhanced role. All three are superb musicians and are very natural inheritors of a very distinguished tradition of organ-playing at St Paul’s, something which they will continue, grow and develop. We congratulate them on acquiring these prestigious positions at such early stages in their careers.’

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