Robert Quinney

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Robert Quinney (born 1976; Nottingham, England) is Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral, Director-elect of the choir of New College, Oxford, and was until recently Sub-Organist at Westminster Abbey.[1] In addition to his work at the Cathedral, he has a busy freelance career as soloist, ensemble player, and writer on music. Since October 2009 he has been Director of Oundle for Organists, whose residential courses provide inspiring tuition for young organists.

In 2002 Quinney was named Royal College of Organists Performer of the Year.

Education and early career[edit]

Robert Quinney studied at Eton College and King's College, Cambridge, where he was Organ Scholar from 1995 to 1998. Prior to this he spent a year as Organ Scholar of Winchester Cathedral and Assistant Organist of Winchester College.

On graduating from Cambridge (with BA and M.Phil. degrees) Quinney became Acting Sub-Organist of Westminster Abbey.

Career at Westminster[edit]

After a year as Acting Sub Organist at Westminster Abbey, Robert Quinney moved to Westminster Cathedral as Assistant Master of Music in September 2000. In addition to daily work with Westminster Cathedral Choir, he organised and gave many of the Cathedral's recitals. In 2001 he became the fourth organist to play the monumental Passion Symphony Christus by Francis Pott.

Since moving back to Westminster Abbey in 2004 he has performed with the Abbey Choir on concert tours to the United States and Australia, and on a series of recordings for Hyperion. He was the principal organist for many special and daily services held at the Abbey. He won the Royal College of Organists Performer of the Year competition in 2002. His double disc The Grand Organ of Westminster Cathedral has been widely acclaimed. Quinney is also active as a continuo player and writer on music. His Short Service for boys' voices was written for the choristers of Westminster Abbey and first performed in 2008. He played the organ for the Wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine Middleton in the Abbey on April 29, 2011, accompanying the choir and congregation.

Career at Peterborough[edit]

He became the Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral in April 2013.[2]

New College, Oxford[edit]

In February 2014, Quinney was announced as Associate Professor in the Faculty Music at the University of Oxford, and Organist and Tutorial Fellow in Music at New College, succeeding the retiring Edward Higginbottom, a post taking effect from July 2014 [3]


Partial discography:

  • J S Bach: Trio Sonatas (Coro, 2011)
  • The Organ of Westminster Abbey: music by Elgar (Signum, 2011)
  • A New Heaven (Universal) - Organist for The Sixteen
  • A Christmas Caroll from Westminster Abbey (Hyperion) - Organist for the Abbey Choir
  • The Feast of the Ascension at Westminster Abbey (Hyperion)[4] - Organist for the Abbey Choir
  • The Organ of Westminster Cathedral - 2004 (Signum)[5] (Gramophone Editor's Choice, BBC Music Magazine Instrumental Disc of the Month)