Cathedral’s new director of music


James Anderson-Besant has been appointed as Truro Cathedral’s new director of music.

He will move from his current role as assistant director of music at Exeter Cathedral to take up his new post in June.

Interim Dean, Simon Robinson, said: “I am confident that we have, in James, a worthy successor to Christopher Gray as he leaves us for St John’s College, Cambridge after 22 years here.

“From an extraordinarily strong field of applicants, James shone as someone with the musicianship, vision, and personal qualities to lead the music here at Truro Cathedral which means so much to the community in Cornwall, as well as to people all over the country and abroad. He takes over at a time when the music of the cathedral is flourishing, with gifted organists, choristers and adult professional singers whose development he will soon steward.

“I am also delighted that our Assistant Director of Music, Andrew Wyatt, will be Acting Director of Music until James arrives.”

Anderson-Besant added: “I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed director of music at Truro Cathedral. Truro has an extraordinary choir, musical tradition, and reputation; it will be a privilege to take over from Christopher Gray, whose inspirational and tireless work over many years I have admired for a long time.”