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Robert Quinney


ROBERT QUINNEY is the Organist and Tutorial Fellow in Music at New College and Associate Professor at the University Faculty of Music.

He was Organ Scholar of King’s College, Cambridge, and subsequently a postgraduate student under John Butt. Since embarking on a full-time performing career in 2000 he has maintained a keen interest in academic music, with a particular research interest in J. S. Bach. This has combined with his performing work in a series of Bach recordings on the Coro label, of which Gramophone wrote: ‘Quinney’s Bach gets to the heart of the music with refreshing clarity and a communication born of genuine understanding’.

Robert was for almost nine years Sub-Organist of Westminster Abbey, following four years as Assistant Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral. In 2013, he was appointed Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral, before moving to Oxford in September 2014.

He has made five recordings with New College Choir, including the Gramophone Award-shortlisted John Blow: Symphony Anthems and a new disc of music by Parry and Mendelssohn, including the first recording of Quinney’s new critical edition of Parry’s Songs of Farewell.

Last updated: Jul 2019