St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

James Orford - organ

Friday, 31 March at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

James Orford - organ

Duruflé

Prélude from the Suite op. 5

 

Vivaldi arr. Orford

Concerto no. 4 in E minor

 

Howells

Rhapsody no. 1 in Db major op. 17, no. 1

 

Bach

Prelude and Fugue in A major BWV 536

 

Ritter

Sonata no. 1 in D minor op. 11

Duruflé

Prélude from the Suite op. 5

 

Vivaldi arr. Orford

Concerto no. 4 in E minor

 

Howells

Rhapsody no. 1 in Db major op. 17, no. 1

 

Bach

Prelude and Fugue in A major BWV 536

 

Ritter

Sonata no. 1 in D minor op. 11

James Orford is currently the Organ Scholar at both the Royal Hospital Chelsea and King's College, London.  He also studies the organ on a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, where David Titterington is his teacher.  His past positions have included Organ Scholar at Truro Cathedral and Dulwich College, and Assistant Organist at St Mark's Church, Bromley.

 

An active performer, James has given many recitals across the UK in many notable venues, including St Paul's, Westminster, Truro, Hereford, and St Alban's Cathedrals, Christchurch Priory, the Chapels of both Clare and Queens' Colleges, Cambridge, Lancing College Chapel, and the Royal Festival Hall.  Forthcoming recitals include Truro and Liverpool Cathedrals and Bridlington Priory.

 

As a choral accompanist, James has worked with many professional choirs, chamber choirs, and choral societies.  He is currently the accompanist for the Sloane Square Choral Society, Concordia Chamber Choir, and the Hackney Singers, having previously held the same position with the Truro Choral Society and the Allegri Singers.  He also regularly works with the London Choral Sinfonia, Lewisham Choral Society, the Ashtead Singers, and the Gower Street Singers.  Engagements with these choirs and others have taken him to many venues across the UK and France, including Chartres Cathedral, Neresheim Abbey, Salisbury Cathedral, and in 2015, he was invited to be the Festival Organist for the Annual Swiss Archdeaconry Choral Festival, which was directed by David Hill.  He also features as the organist on Carols from Chelsea, a Christmas CD recorded by the Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, directed by William Vann, on the SOMM Label.

 

When not playing the organ, James is also a pianist.  Working mainly as an accompanist, he has performed with many soloists, both instrumental and vocal, and regularly accompanies song recitals, most notably one given by Susan Bullock at Dulwich College in 2014 as part of the First World War commemorations.  He has also won the accompanist prizes in both the AESS Courtney Kenny Song Competition, and the John Kerr English Song Competition.