Dr Jeremy Filsell has been appointed Music Director of St Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, New York. He succeeds two fellow Englishmen: Daniel Hyde, who is moving to King’s College, Cambridge (replacing Stephen Cleobury), and the late John Scott.
Filsell, who takes up the post next October, is the current Director of Music at the Episcopal Church of St Alban in Washington DC, an Artist-in-Residence at Washington National Cathedral, and Professor of organ at the Peabody Conservatory. His discography includes the premiere recordings of Marcel Dupré’s complete organ works, hailed by Gramophone as ‘one of the greatest achievements in organ recording’ (read the review).
Of his appointment, Filsell said: ‘I am honoured, delighted and humbled to be asked to take up the musical reins at St Thomas and to follow in the footsteps of some remarkable recent musicians. With a new organ now in place and the choir school set to celebrate its 100th anniversary next year, there are undoubtedly exciting times ahead.’