Tom Winpenny (Musical director) is Assistant Master of the Music at St Albans Cathedral where his duties include directing the acclaimed Abbey Girls Choir and accompanying the daily choral services. Previously he was Sub-Organist at St Paul’s Cathedral, where he played for many great state occasions. He has broadcast regularly on BBC Radio and has featured on American Public Media’s Pipedreams. He was Organ Scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, graduating with a music degree and twice accompanying the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, broadcast worldwide. He won First Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2008 Miami International Organ Competition and is an organ tutor to the annual Eton Choral Courses. Recent solo recital venues have included Birmingham Town Hall, Norwich Cathedral, Kristiansand Cathedral (Norway) and Hildesheim Cathedral (Germany). He has also appeared as organ soloist in John Rutter’s Christmas Celebration concerts at the Royal Albert Hall. His many recordings include discs for Naxos of choral works by Felix Mendelssohn and William Mathias and Messiaen’s organ cycles La Nativité du Seigneur and L’Ascension.
James Orford is currently a Postgraduate Student at the Royal Academy of Music having recently completed his undergraduate degree at the Academy with first class honours. He was the recipient of the Duchess of Gloucester’s Award for Exemplary Studentship and has been awarded one of the Academy’s distinguished Bicentenary Scholarships. He recently completed eighteen months as the Organ Scholar at St Paul’s Cathedral having previously 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 Albans, 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.