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Anderson-Besant, James (organ)
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James Anderson-Besant (organ)

James Anderson-Besant is Organ Scholar at St John’s College, Cambridge, holding the post of Junior Organ Scholar from 2017-19 and Herbert Howells Organ Scholar from 2019. He is in his final year studying Music. In his role as Organ Scholar he accompanies the Choir in its daily round of services under the direction of Andrew Nethsingha, and also assists in the training of the boy Choristers. James has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4, and his playing will feature in a number of upcoming recordings, including a première recording of music by Michael Finnissy.

He recently gave recitals at King’s, Queens’ and St John’s Colleges as well as Truro and St Alban’s Cathedrals, and looks forward to upcoming engagements at Stockholm Cathedral and Trinity College, Cambridge. James won second prize at the 2019 Northern Ireland International Organ Competition, and was also Organ Scholar for the Charles Wood Summer School and Festival in Armagh, giving him the opportunity to work under Dr David Hill and Philip Scriven. James also enjoys conducting, having organised and directed a performance of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in 2019. He has plans to conduct Bach’s St John Passion in 2020.

James was a music and academic scholar at Abingdon School, and in his final year was Organ Scholar of the Cathedral Singers of Christ Church, Oxford. He spent his gap year as Organ Scholar of Gloucester Cathedral, where he accompanied services sung by all four cathedral choirs, helped train the choristers and assisted in a primary school singing outreach programme. James’ year at Gloucester was especially exciting due to the addition of the first ever girl choristers in the cathedral’s history.

For seven years James learned the organ with James Brown, and he now studies with Stephen Farr. He would love to pursue a career in cathedral music.


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