William Wallace – Senior Organ Scholar
William Wallace is Senior Organ Scholar at Christ Church, Oxford. His musical training began as a chorister at Chichester Cathedral, where he was Head Chorister, and became fascinated by the organ, beginning to receive tuition from the Assistant Organist, Mark Wardell, at the age of twelve.
William went on to become a music scholar at The Portsmouth Grammar School, during which time he was taught by James Lloyd Thomas. Whilst still in the sixth form, he was Organ Scholar at Portsmouth Cathedral, became an Associate of the Royal College of Organists and an inaugural holder of the RCO’s Dr John Birch Scholarship.
William’s gap year was spent as Organ Scholar at Canterbury Cathedral, combining this with a position in the Music Department at The King’s School. Notably, one of his responsibilities at the Cathedral involved accompanying the recently established Girls’ Choir, with whom he featured alongside at their debut concert and on their premiere CD release.
In September 2015, he moved to Oxford to become Organ Scholar at Christ Church and begin his studies for a degree in Music.
William has studied the organ with internationally renowned concert organists, Christian Wilson and Margaret Phillips. As a solo recitalist, he has performed at venues including St Lawrence Jewry, St John’s Smith Square and Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.