Andrew Nethsingha to move to Westminster Abbey from St John’s College Cambridge

Nethsingha will succeed James O’Donnell, who has been appointed as Professor in the Yale School of Music and Yale Institute of Sacred Music

The current Director of Music at St John’s College, University of Cambridge, Andrew Nethsingha, has been appointed the new Organist and Master of Choristers at Westminster Abbey, taking over from James O’Donnell in the New Year.

A graduate and former organ scholar of St John’s College, Andrew Nethsingha was appointed its Director of Music fifteen years ago in 2007 following a highly successful period as Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral. He has previously held appointments at cathedrals at Wells and Truro, and has been artistic director of the Three Choirs Festival.

The Organist and Master of the Choristers is the head of Westminister Abbey’s music department and oversees all musical aspects of the Abbey’s work, including directing the world-renowned choir.

The Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, said, ‘I am delighted that we can look forward to welcoming Andrew Nethsingha into our life, our work, and our worship. He is an exceptional musician who needs no introduction to those who visit ‘places where they sing’.

‘He is known to audiences at the Three Choirs Festival and to the many who have experienced St John’s Advent Carols, a series of marvellous recordings and otherwise shared in years of music made for the glory of God. He is also known for his kindness, intelligence and readiness to explore the potential for music to enhance divine worship.

‘Under James O’Donnell the Abbey has enjoyed a golden age of music making. We are so grateful. His legacy is in safe hands.’

Andrew Nethsingha said, ‘I am excited to have been appointed to direct the music at Westminster Abbey. It will be a great privilege to contribute to the worship in a building of such beauty and historical significance.

‘Following the work of his eminent predecessors, James O’ Donnell has created a choir of enormous distinction, comprising choristers from the unique Abbey Choir School and some of the world’s finest adult choral singers. I have been struck by the warmth and friendliness of the Abbey community, of which my family and I look forward to becoming a part.’