Robert Quinney Appointed Associate Professor and Director of New College Choir

The Faculty of Music is delighted to announce that Robert Quinney is to be appointed as Associate Professor, and Organist and Tutorial Fellow in Music at New College. He succeeds Professor Edward Higginbottom who retires in July, having served for nearly 40 years as Director of New College Choir. Robert is currently Director of Music and Organist at Peterborough Cathedral, where he directs the Choir with both boy and girl choristers. He was previously Sub-Organist at Westminster Abbey,

Robert Quinney is an organist, whose recordings of the music of J. S. Bach on the Coro label have been universally well received. He was organ scholar at King’s College Cambridge (1995-98), was subsequently appointed as Acting Sub-Organist at Westminster Abbey, moving to Westminster Cathedral in 2000, then back to the Abbey in 2004.  He will be familiar to many for his performance in the organ loft at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The Chairman of the Faculty Board of Music, Professor Jonathan Cross, said: ‘We are delighted to be welcoming Robert Quinney to the Oxford Faculty of Music. Both performance itself and reflection on performance practices have a significant place in the teaching and research life of the Faculty. Robert will enrich our activities immensely through his unique blend of high-level practical experience and scholarship. We look forward very much to working with him.’

The Warden of New College, Professor Sir Curtis Price, said: ‘Edward Higginbottom is the hardest imaginable act to follow. His total commitment to music in Oxford has been astonishing and sustained over nearly 40 years. He leaves the New College Choir in fine shape. This appointment is a once in a generation opportunity, and we have found the ideal successor. Though still a young man, Robert Quinney has considerable experience in all the required fields. I can do no better than quote one of the New College Choir lay clerks: “Because Mr Quinney, like Professor Higginbottom, is such a great musician, he will inspire us to go beyond what we think we can achieve.”‘