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William Fairbairn is Organist and Teacher of Music at St Paul's School, a post which he holds alongside his position as Assistant Director of Music at St Marylebone Parish Church. He has previously held Organ Scholarships at Truro Cathedral, All Saints' Church, Fulham, and St Catharine's College Cambridge, where he also studied Music. Whilst there, he played under Dr Edward Wickham for the College Choir and the St Catharine's College Girls' Choir — the first of its kind in Oxbridge — accompanying them in their weekly round of services. He also accompanied both choirs on tours in Europe and the Far East, as well as being accompanist for three commercial recordings and broadcasts on BBC's Radio Three and Four. During his third year in Cambridge, he acted as accompanist to Cambridge University Music Society Chorus under Sir Stephen Cleobury and Mark Austen, helping them prepare for performances of major concert works. He also accompanied them on a tour to Rome. He regularly works as an accompanist on the Rodolfus Choral Courses, and has staffed on courses in Shanghai too. Since moving to London, William works as a freelance organist, and has been engaged to play at churches including St Paul's Cathedral, St Margaret's Westminster, and Chelsea Old Church. Whilst at Truro, William gained his FRCO, winning the Harding/Durant and Turpin/Durrant prizes, and the Samuel Baker prize for the highest aggregate mark. William is also artistic director of Coro Spezzato, a vocal group of young professionals formed in the lockdowns to provide a professional platform for the country’s brightest young singers and composers.

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