Organ Recital - William Fox

This Organ Recital will be given by William Fox. William has been Sub-Organist of St Paul's Cathedral, London, since July 2018. Appointed at the age of 21, at St Paul’s William takes a share in the organ-playing and conducting of statutory and special services. He is also actively involved in the education of the choristers and the delivery of the Cathedral’s extensive outreach programme, and he curates the year-long weekly organ recital series.

Born in Yorkshire, William's musical education began as a chorister at York Minster, before organ scholarships at Wells and Hereford Cathedrals. Prior to his appointment at St Paul's, he was Organ Scholar and an Academic Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, from where he graduated with a First-Class degree in Music. While in Oxford, he studied the organ with Stephen Farr and Matthew Martin. As well as playing for several CD recordings, tours, and broadcasts with Magdalen College Choir, he directed the choir during an interregnum term.

William became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists during his gap year, winning the Turpin and Durrant prize for playing. As an organist and continuo-player, his playing has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, BBC Television, and Classic FM. As an accompanist, he has played through much of Europe and in the USA. He currently studies the organ part-time at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire on the Personal Study Programme. As a piano accompanist, he is the winner of the 2018 Sir Anthony Lewis Memorial Prize Competition, held at the Royal Academy of Music.

Recital venues this year include Westminster Abbey; the cathedrals of Bradford, Lichfield (Festival appearance), Newcastle, St Paul’s (Festival appearance), and Worcester; Christchurch Priory; The Queen’s College, Oxford, and Marlborough College.

Programme

Prelude and Fugue in C (Op. 109, No 3)
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)

Fantasia in A minor
William Byrd (1538-1623)

Adagio and Allegro in F minor (K. 594)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), arr. William T. Best (1826-1897)

A Fancy
William Harris (1883-1973)

Academic Festival Overture (Op. 80)
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), arr. Edwin Lemare (1865-1934)

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.