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
9 February 2019

 

  • Introit: Finnissy Herr Christ, der einge Gottessohn ​
  • Responses and Preces: Clucas
  • Psalm 46 (Luther)
  • Berkeley (Chichester Service)
  • Finnissy: Plebs Angelica *
  • Hymn 475
  • Instrumental Voluntary: Finnissy Commentary on BWV 562 *

Latest news

The Choir processing in to St John’s College Chapel

The Choir’s Advent Carol Service – as well as the Choir’s latest release, Advent Live – featured on BBC Radio 3 this weekend

Choral singing comes no better

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer