Hereford organ scholar wins Oxford place

Hereford Cathedral's current organ scholar, William Fox, has won an organ scholarship to Magdalen College Oxford, where his distinguished predecessors include the comedian and jazz musician Dudley Moore. William is currently in a gap year between school and university. He was a chorister at York Minster under Philip Moore and Robert Sharpe, then a specialist organist at Wells Cathedral School, where he studied with Matthew Owens, Daniel Moult and Gordon Stewart. He became an Associate of the Royal College of Organists (ARCO) in 2013. Last year he gave one of the Three Choirs Festival Young Artists Series lunchtime recitals at St Martin's Church, Worcester, playing a programme of J S Bach, Mendelssohn, Franck, Harris and Vierne.

William's responsibilities as part of the music team at Hereford include accompanying the cathedral's Voluntary Choir, and in this capacity he will be participating in the 2015 Hereford Three Choirs Festival, playing the organ for the Voluntary Choir's service of Choral Evensong in the cathedral and taking part in the workshop for their choral composition competition. He will also be singing with the Three Choirs Festival Chorus. He takes up his place at Magdalen College, where he will read music, in September.