Robert Quinney is Sub-Organist of Westminster Abbey. In addition to his daily work at the Abbey, he maintains a busy freelance schedule as a soloist and ensemble player. Since October 2009 he has been Director of Oundle for Organists, whose residential courses offer inspiring tuition for organists of all ages. He is also frequently to be heard performing with period ensembles such as The English Concert, The Sixteen, and The Cardinall’s Musick.
His double compact disc The Grand Organ of Westminster Cathedral was Instrumental Disc of the Month in BBC Music, earned a five-star review in the French journal Diapason, and was an Editor’s Choice in Gramophone: ‘Alongside his impeccable performances, Quinney’s greatest achievement is to produce music-making which really communicates itself to the listener’. In 2011 he began a series of Bach recordings for Coro with the six Trio Sonatas, played on the organ of The Queen’s College, Oxford.
Robert Quinney read music at King’s College, Cambridge, where he was Organ Scholar from 1995 to 1998. After a year as Acting Sub-Organist at Westminster Abbey, he moved to Westminster Cathedral as Assistant Master of Music in September 2000. Since returning to Westminster Abbey in 2004 he has performed with the Abbey Choir on concert tours to the USA and Australia, on an acclaimed series of recordings for Hyperion, and at several televised services – including the Marriage of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in April 2011. During the Michaelmas term 2010 he was Acting Organist and Master of the Choristers, during which period he directed premiere performances of choral works by Richard Rodney Bennett, Jonathan Dove, Grayston Ives and Matthew Martin.