Organ Recital - James Orford

This Organ Recital will be given by James Orford (St Paul's Cathedral). James is currently the Organ Scholar at St Paul’s Cathedral having recently completed his undergraduate degree at the Royal Academy of Music with first class honours. He was also the recipient of the Duchess of Gloucester’s Award for Exemplary Studentship. In September, he will begin his Postgraduate Course at the Academy as one of five recipients of the Academy’s distinguished Bicentenary Scholarships. Previously, he has completed Organ Scholarships at Truro Cathedral, the Royal Hospital Chelsea, and King’s College, London.

An active performer, James has given many recitals and concerts across the UK in many notable venues, including St Paul’s, Westminster, and Liverpool Cathedrals, several Cambridge college chapels, and the Royal Festival Hall. He has also performed as part of the St Alban’s, Edinburgh, London Handel, and Brandenburg Festivals.

James works extensively as a choral accompanist and has collaborated with many professional and amateur choirs.  Engagements as an accompanist have taken him to many venues in the UK, France, Germany, Sweden, Canada, the USA, and Nigeria.  He has performed in such venues as the Royal Festival Hall, Chartres Cathedral, France, Neresheim Abbey, Germany, Lund Cathedral, Sweden, and Christchurch Cathedral, Montreal. His discography includes two critically acclaimed recordings with the Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, and a brand new release with King’s College, London.

A pianist as well, James works as an accompanist and regularly performs with both instrumental and vocal soloists, most notably Susan Bullock CBE and Ian Bostridge CBE.  He has won the accompanist prizes in the AESS Courtney Kenny Song Competition, the John Kerr English Song Competition, and the Marjorie Thomas Art of Song Prize.  He has performed the Schumann Piano Concerto at Cadogan Hall and recently gave a world premiere performance at Queen Elizabeth Hall of his own two piano arrangement of Seek him that maketh the seven stars by Jonathan Dove.

Programme

King’s Herald
Herbert Howells (1892-1983)

Toccata and Fugue “The Wanderer”
Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)

Trio Sonata No 3 in D minor (BWV 527)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Niagara
Jonathan Dove (b. 1959)

Truro Cathedral has one of the finest organs in the country. Built by Father Willis specifically to fit the of the building, its range, depth and power are truly awe-inspiring.
The weekly Friday lunchtime series runs from March to October and each recital lasts around 50 minutes. These are completely free to attend - donations to support the cathedral's music are appreciated.