Timothy Wakerell has held the post of Assistant Organist at New College, Oxford since September 2014 where he accompanies the renowned Chapel Choir in services, broadcasts, concerts and recordings. Recent highlights have included playing for Radio Three Choral Evensong and as well as the feast of St Peter and St Paul at St Peter’s Basilica in Rome in the presence of His Holiness, Pope Francis. Prior to this he was Sub-Organist of St Paul’s Cathedral between 2008 and 2014, and his duties included accompanying the world-famous choir and assisting with the training of choristers. In addition he also played for many important national services which were broadcast live on television such as the Funeral of Baroness Thatcher and the Diamond Jubilee Service. He was also frequently continuo player for Handel Messiah and J.S. Bach St John Passion. Timothy performed with the Choir of St Paul’s Cathedral in a four-part documentary entitled David Starkey's Music & Monarchy which was broadcast on BBC Television. He also gave a performance of Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns as part of the Lord Mayor’s Show day celebrations.
Timothy studied organ at the Royal College of Music, London with Margaret Phillips and David Graham, graduating with distinction in both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. He won all the major prizes for organ performance and also held scholarships supported by a Ruth Dyson and Edgar Cook award and a John Lewis partnership award. In 2011 Timothy won Second Prize at the Carl Nielsen International Organ Competition in Odense, Denmark. He has continued his studies with Dame Gillian Weir and Terence Charlston.
As a solo recitalist Timothy has performed throughout the UK as well as in Germany, Switzerland and Sweden. Although he enjoys playing a wide-ranging and eclectic repertoire, he has a special interest in the music of J.S. Bach, French Classical, French Romantic, German Romantic and Contemporary music. He regularly performed in the annual Celebrity Recital Series at St Paul’s Cathedral – ‘Timothy Wakerell proved himself a master of the instrument and its surroundings … [Gaston Litaize’s Prélude et Danse Fuguée was] fully brought out by the technical aplomb and unerring musicianship of this excellent organist’ (The Organ). In 2014 he also gave two recitals in St Paul’s Cathedral as part of a series dedicated to the Trio Sonatas of J.S. Bach, and other recent venues have included Queen’s College, Oxford, St Augustin, Paris, St George’s, Hanover Square and Westminster Abbey (part of a series to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of HM the Queen).
Timothy has recently completed the premiere recording of the 2012 William Drake Organ in the OBE Chapel of St Paul’s Cathedral. This recording features works by J.S. Bach, Buxtehude, Saint-Saëns and Sweelinck and is distributed by Priory Records.
Timothy is an experienced accompanist and frequently performs with choirs such as Aurora Nova, the City of Oxford Choir and Excalibur Voices. Organ teaching also is an important part of his work and he teaches organ at Westminster School.
Timothy has also held positions at Southwark Cathedral, St Pancras Parish Church and the Royal Hospital Chelsea and he has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 several times. He also features on a recording of Fauré’s Requiem with the Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.