New Organist of Christ Church and Associate Professor

The Faculty of Music and Christ Church, Oxford, are delighted to announce the appointment of Steven Grahl as the new Associate Professor in the Faculty of Music, Organist at Christ Church Cathedral, and Tutor in Music at Christ Church. He will take up his appointment in September 2018.

Steven Grahl (photo © Simon Weir) is currently the Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral, where he has been in post since 2014. He is also a Junior Fellow at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Conductor of the Schola Cantorum of Oxford. He was previously Assistant Organist at New College Oxford. He was Organ Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford where he took a degree in Music in 2001.

At Peterborough, Steven has been responsible for developing the choir of 50 boy and girl choristers, along with supporting young adult singers. He has made a number of recordings with the choir, including Even You Song by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, a work that was developed as part of an outreach project he directed in local schools, alongside professional musicians, a visual artist and a poet. He has also recently premiered works by, among others, Roxanna Panufnik, Francis Pott and Toby Young.

Steven is a distinguished performer. He has given solo organ recitals in many prestigious European venues, and was a finalist at both the St Alban’s and Dudelange (Luxembourg) International Organ Competitions. As a conductor he has worked with such groups as the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, Instruments of Time and Truth, and the New London Chamber Choir.

Steven Grahl replaces Professor Stephen Darlington, who retires this summer after more than thirty years of outstanding service to the Faculty, the Choir, the Cathedral, and the College.