People

Dr Nicholas Stefano Prozzillo, Choirmaster

Nicholas is Director of Music at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford and an organ and academic music tutor Nicholas hails directly from Swansea and indirectly from Morcone (Italy). His teachers include Dame Gillian Weir, and he studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire, Brasenose College, and the Royal College of Music where he completed his MMus with distinction.

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He was a Junior Fellow at the RCM, an Edison Fellow at the British Sound Archive, and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford.

A strong advocate for music education, Nicholas’s early work with choristers at St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham, and the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, prepared him for St Giles’. He undertakes regular school visits to demonstrate the joys and benefits of choral singing. As an organist, Nicholas has performed in the cathedrals of Westminster, St Paul’s, Coventry, Blackburn. He has a special interest in the music of J S Bach. Click here to contact Dr Prozzillo 

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Andrew Patterson, Organist

Andrew serves as Organist and Director of Music at St Giles’ Church, working very closely with the choir and Choir Director. Andrew is a life-long organist and church musician, and Associate of the Royal College of Organists (ARCO). He studied the organ while at Taunton School under Martin Ellis, and has since studied with Simon Williams of the Royal College of Organists.

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Andrew is also resident organist at Blenheim Palace Oxfordshire, and frequently performs there for the general public, and for formal occasions. In recent years, he has entertained several former heads of state including Bill Clinton and Margaret Thatcher. Andrew has a first class Engineering degree from Cambridge University and is a Chartered Engineer, combining a busy career in IT and Software Engineering with his musical interests.

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Anna Shackleton, Singing Tutor

Anna is a highly versatile young singer from Oxfordshire. Anna recently graduated with a first class honours degree from the Birmingham where she studied with Christine Cairns and received regular coaching from Andrew King, Stephen Barlow, Robin Bowman, Simon Nicholls, and Jane Robinson.

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Her main vocal specialisms encompass early opera, oratorio and French art song, although she is equally comfortable with singing styles ranging from Jazz to contemporary works.

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James Fellows, Senior Organ Scholar

James is Senior Organ Scholar at St Giles’, a position he has held since October 2017, and a Second Year music student at Keble College. Prior to this, he spent three years as Organ Scholar at Holy Trinity, Stratford-upon-Avon, accompanying and singing with the choir of the historic church.

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Due to the church’s status as the burial place of William Shakespeare, James was significantly involved in the famous annual celebrations of the bard’s birthday, giving a recital as part of the 450th celebrations, and performing with the choir on BBC broadcasts this year as part of the 400th anniversary of his death. Away from Stratford, James has accompanied the choir on tours, performing at Lincoln Cathedral, and throughout Ontario, Canada, at St James’ Anglican Cathedral, Toronto, Kingston Cathedral, and as part of the Stratford Ontario Music Festival. James also accompanied the choir on its two most recent recordings. 

James spent his secondary school years at Warwick School as a Governor’s Scholar, where he played a considerable role in the school’s musical life, playing continuo in several ensembles, as a member of the school’s close harmony group, and performing with the chapel choir, with whom he sang for the Pope in 2011 and for High Mass at St Peter’s Basilica, and most recently accompanied for High Mass at Notre Dame and La Madeleine, Paris. 

James is currently working towards the Associateship Diploma of the Royal College of Organists, studying organ with Stephen Farr and Edward Higginbottom.

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Donald Taylor, Senior Choral Scholar & Chorister Tutor

 

 

 

 


William Johnson, Senior Choral Scholar