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.

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Recorded on
26 May 2019

 

Introit: Byrd  Gloria Tibi Domine
Tye: Missa Euge Bone
Gradual: Psalm 68 vv. 1–10 (tone v)
Preacher: The Chaplain 
Credo: VI
Hymns 239, 494 (tune 413)
Voluntary: Tomkins A Substantial Verse

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St John's College Organ

We are delighted to welcome back so many former St John’s Organ Students during a 15-month celebration of the Chapel’s 150th anniversary.

They have gone on to a variety of distinguished careers which include Church Music, Teaching, Opera, Composing and Arranging, Academia, Orchestral and Choral Conducting, Organ and Piano playing.

Choral singing comes no better

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer