Jeremy Filsell announced as new director of music at Saint Thomas Church, New York
The new organist will replace Daniel Hyde who is returning to King’s College, Cambridge next year
It was announced earlier this year that Daniel Hyde, the current organist and director of music at Saint Thomas Church in New York, would be moving to King’s College, Cambridge in October 2019.
Organist Jeremy Filsell has now been named as his successor. He is the current director of music at the Episcopal Church of St Alban in Washington DC, and also holds positions as artist-in-residence at Washington National Cathedral and professor of organ at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore.
Filsell has toured widely as a pianist and organist, and his discography comprises more than 35 solo recordings, many of which have been reviewed by BBC Music Magazine (see reviews here).
After undergraduate and graduate studies in the UK at Keble College, Oxford and the Royal College of Music respectively, Filsell completed a PhD in Musicology at Birmingham Conservatoire. His research looked at the aesthetic and interpretative issues within the music of Marcel Dupré.
Filsell was a familiar face in the British musical scene for many years, having held roles as assistant organist of Ely Cathedral and director of music at St Luke’s Chelsea in London, before moving to the US in 2008.
‘It is a huge pleasure to succeed Daniel Hyde and try and extend the choir’s formidable legacy,’ says Jeremy. ‘With a new organ now in place and the choir school set to celebrate its 100th anniversary next year, there are undoubtedly exciting times ahead.’
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