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St Paul’s welcomes new young and talented organists

The Music Department of St Paul’s Cathedral are delighted to announce three new organist appointments:

  1. William Fox has been appointed Sub Organist from July 2018.
  2. James Orford has been appointed William and Irene Miller Organ Scholar from January 2018.
  3. Nicholas Freestone has been appointed Acting Sub Organist from January-July 2018.

William Fox is currently the Organ Scholar of Magdalen College, Oxford, where he is completing an undergraduate degree in Music. Before going to Oxford, he held Organ Scholarships at Hereford Cathedral for his gap year, and at Wells Cathedral for the duration of his sixth-form, also holding a Government-funded Music Scholarship at the Specialist Music School there.

William was such a strong candidate that it was felt worth waiting until the summer in order for him to fill the position. Speaking of his appointment, William said: “I feel enormously privileged to be starting work at St Paul’s in the summer. I’m looking forward to serving at the Cathedral, and being part of the life of its community. I’m especially grateful for the opportunity to work with Andrew Carwood, Simon Johnson, and the wider music department.”

James Orford is currently in his third year of undergraduate study at the Royal Academy of Music. He has won numerous scholarships, organ prizes and piano accompaniment prizes whilst at the RAM, and has performed Schumann’s Piano Concerto at Cadogan Hall.

In addition to his studies, James is currently Organ Scholar at King’s College, London, a position that he will be able to hold concurrently with his duties at St Paul’s until the end of this academic year, at which point he will continue at St Paul’s as the Organ Scholar 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.”

Nicholas Freestone is the current William and Irene Miller Organ Scholar of St Paul's Cathedral. As an experienced colleague, it was a natural fit for Nicholas to hold the position of Acting Sub Organist until the arrival of William Fox in July 2018. Nicholas joined the Cathedral following two years at St Albans Cathedral, having previously held scholarships at Wells Cathedral and Tewkesbury Abbey.

Speaking of the appointments, Andrew Carwood, Director of Music, 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.”