Old Cliftonian appointed University Organist at Cambridge

Old Cliftonian appointed University Organist at Cambridge

Andrew Nethsingha

Old Cliftonian Andrew Nethsingha has been appointed University Organist at Cambridge from 1 October.

Andrew is the third Old Cliftonian to be appointed University Organist out of the past five appointments. The previous two University of Cambridge organists educated at Clifton were Boris Ord and Sir David Willcocks CBE.

Andrew has been the Director of Music at St John’s College, Cambridge, since 2007. He studied at the Royal College of Music before joining St John’s College and has performed as a conductor and organist in North America, South Africa, the Far East, and across Europe.

Clifton’s Director of Music Daniel Robson said: “Music has always been an important part of Clifton College and we are very pleased for Andrew on his appointment and that he is following in the footsteps of other prominent Old Cliftonians at Cambridge.”

Andrew Nethsingha paid a recent return visit to the College as Director of Music at the Sir David Willcocks Memorial Appeal Concert on 1 October. The event took place in the Chapel and also featured Cambridge Old Cliftonians Julia Hwang (violin) and Charles Matthews (piano), the Gents of St John’s College Cambridge, as well as Henry Metcalfe, the new Sir David Willcocks Organ Scholar.

Julia Hwang

The concert was arranged to celebrate the life of Sir David Willcocks and raise funds for a Double Ophicleide for the Chapel Organ. And thanks to the wonderful response over the summer from Old Cliftonians and parents, the Head Master was able to announce at the end of the concert that the appeal total had been reached.

Jeremy Pickles, Director of Development, said: “We have been delighted that this appeal has touched a chord with so many people, resulting in this outcome and underlining the warmth of affection for music at Clifton and Sir David himself.”