Robert Quinney to succeed Edward Higginbottom as New College Organist

Robert Quinney, Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral and previously Sub-Organist at Westminster Abbey, has been appointed College Organist and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Music.  He succeeds Edward Higginbottom who retires in July, having served for 38 years, during which time the Choir has become established as one of the finest and most celebrated in the world.

Robert Quinney said:  ‘I am delighted to have been appointed to New College, where I will have the daily pleasure of working with one of the world’s leading choirs and the opportunity to pursue academic teaching and research interests that have lain rather dormant in my career to this point.  It is a tremendous honour to be succeeding Edward Higginbottom, whose performances have inspired me since I began to take an interest in choral music, and under whose direction New College Choir has been so deservedly acclaimed.  I’m aware of the size of the shoes I have to fill, but relish the challenge.’

Edward Higginbottom said:  ‘In Robert Quinney, the College has found just the person to sustain its Choir's outstanding reputation for excellence and innovation.  Nothing could be more important for me personally, and I am very pleased.’