James Anderson-Besant

James Anderson-Besant
Positions
Organ Scholar
2017

James is the new Junior Organ Scholar at St John's. He has just spent a gap year as the Organ Scholar of Gloucester Cathedral, where his duties included accompanying services sung by all four Cathedral Choirs, helping train the choristers, and assisting in a primary school singing outreach programme. James' year at Gloucester was especially historic due to the addition of the first ever girl choristers, for which he played many services.

James began his musical education singing in the choir and playing the electronic keyboard at his local primary school. He then joined the choir of St Helen’s Church, Benson, later becoming the Organist under the Director of Music, Judith Ward, in 2013. He was a music and academic scholar at Abingdon School, and during this time was the continuo player for Oxford Concerto Orchestra, featuring in his final year as harpsichord soloist in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 and Harpsichord Concerto No. 1. While in the Upper Sixth James was also the Organ Scholar of the Cathedral Singers of Christ Church, Oxford, accompanying many services in the Cathedral outside university term time. For seven years he learned the organ with James Brown, and he now studies with Stephen Farr.

Latest webcast

Recorded on
12 July 2019

 

Introit: Howells A Hymn for St Cecilia
Responses and Preces: Radcliffe
Psalm 139 vv. 1–18, 23–24 (Skeats)
Stanford in C
Tavener: The Lord’s Prayer
Parry: Hear my words, ye people
Hymn 408(i)
Voluntary: Parry Fantasia and Fugue in G

Latest news

Andrew Nethsingha discusses the significance of Tippett's St John's Service, a work which demonstrates a fresh, vivid and original take on the Evening Canticles. Read along whilst listening to Tippett's 'Magnificat' from the Choir's forthcoming album, now available on Spotify.

Choral singing comes no better

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer