Will Fraser studied English at Magdalene College, Cambridge and Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, and took an MFA in creative writing at the University of Mississippi. He studied the organ with Gwilym Isaac, David MacDonald and Warren Steel, and the harpsichord with Colin Tilney. He has been director of music at St Peter’s since 2009. As well as playing the organ and directing the choir, Will plans the annual festival and is overseeing the restoration of the T.C. Lewis organ. Beyond St Peter’s, he works as a film-maker specialising in documentaries about classical music. Recent projects include a film about the life of the great French organ builder, Aristide Cavaillé-Coll.
At our choral services the organ is played by one of our guest organists, Daniel Moult and Ian Shaw.
Daniel Moult has a busy freelance career as a concert organist, tutor and broadcaster. Born in Manchester, Daniel studied at Oxford (where he gained the Fellowship diploma of the Royal College of Organists with three of the top playing prizes and was jointly awarded the University of Oxford John Betts Organ Scholarship) and the Amsterdam Conservatorium. He was Organist and Assistant Director of Music at Coventry Cathedral for seven years before moving to London.
A sought-after organ tutor, he teaches at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, the RCO St Giles’ Organ School and Birmingham Conservatoire, and he examines for the Royal College of Organists. He is in frequent demand for master classes and workshops, including regular visits to courses and days run by the Royal College of Organists, Royal School of Church Music and Incorporated Association of Organists.
He has published several editions, and 2012 will see the publication of four anthologies of organ music, two with Bärenreiter and two with RSCM Publishing. His articles on performance practice and performance-related topics have appeared in various music journals. He broadcasts frequently on BBC television and radio and has recorded as soloist and accompanist for various record labels. He wrote and presented a film about the history of the English organ, The Elusive English Organ. www.danielmoult.com
Ian Shaw studied at Cambridge, where he was Organ Scholar of St John’s College and a John Stewart of Rannoch Scholar in Sacred Music, at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam and at Goldsmiths College in London. He has been Sub-Organist at Durham Cathedral and Director of Music at St Peter’s Eaton Square.
As a pianist, he has worked with many companies including Opera North, Northern Ballet Theatre, English National Opera, BBCSSO and Scottish Opera, where he was responsible for eleven national tours. He has been repetiteur for Music Theatre Wales, whose production of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Greek won the 2011 Theatre Award UK for Outstanding Achievement in Opera.
Recent compositions include a song cycle for Rebecca Bottone, A Breath of Nothing, and commissions for Magdalen College, Oxford and St Peter’s, Vauxhall, where he is a guest organist. His work has been described as ‘redoubtable’ by The Scotsman and ‘sometimes amusing’ by the Dean of Durham.