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St Paul's 'brilliant young star' organist appointed to leading Oxford College

After six years honing his skills on the Grand Organ of St Paul's, the Cathedral's Sub Organist will be moving to one of Oxford University's most famous colleges.

Timothy Wakerell will move to New College Oxford to take the post of Assistant Organist, having been Sub Organist at St Paul's since 2008. In that time he has played for countless services, trained dozens of Choristers, performed at numerous recitals and been part of important national occasions such as the Diamond Jubilee of 2012 and Funeral of Baroness Thatcher in 2013.

Tim studied at the Royal College of Music with Margaret Phillips and David Graham, winning all the major prizes for organ performance. In 2011 he won second prize in the Carl Nielsen International Organ Competition in Odense, Denmark. He is in increasing demand as a solo recitalist and has performed throughout the UK, as well as in Germany, Sweden and Switzerland.

Tim said: "It has been a huge pleasure and privilege to work at St Paul’s. The Cathedral has some exceptionally talented people who have been a huge inspiration to me. Working as Sub Organist has given me many new and exciting challenges and I will take away many happy memories.”

The Cathedral's Director of Music, Andrew Carwood, paid tribute saying: "Tim has been a terrific servant to the Cathedral, arriving as the brilliant young star from the Royal College of Music a little under six years ago. During his time with us he has become an absolutely exceptional organist. He has also been a wonderfully calming influence in the Music Department during what has been a time of great change and reshaping.”

Tim will take up his position at New College at the start of the new academic year this autumn.

The Cathedral is now seeking to appoint a new Sub Organist. Full details: www.stpauls.co.uk/vacancies