St Paul’s Cathedral announces new organist appointments8:57, 3rd January 2018
St Paul’s Cathedral has revealed three new organist appointments.
William Fox will assume the position of sub organist from July 2018; James Orford has been appointed William and Irene Miller Organ Scholar, commencing January 2018; and Nicholas Freestone will occupy the post of acting sub organist between January and July 2018.
The new appointments will join Simon Johnson, organist and assistant director of music, and Tom Daggett, OBE organ outreach fellow.
William Fox is currently organ scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he is completing an undergraduate degree in Music. Before going to Oxford, he held organ scholarships at Hereford Cathedral and at Wells Cathedral. According to a statement from St Paul’s, ‘William was such a strong candidate that it was felt worth waiting until the summer in order for him to fill the position.’
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 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.
Nicholas Freestone is the current William and Irene Miller Organ Scholar of St Paul’s Cathedral. He will hold the position of Acting Sub Organist until Fox arrives in July 2018. Freestone joined the Cathedral following two years at St Albans Cathedral, having previously held scholarships at Wells Cathedral and Tewkesbury Abbey.