Robert has been appointed Assistant Organist of St. Paul's Church Bloor Street, Toronto (Canada), for the duration of the academic year 2014/2015.
St. Paul's, the largest Anglican church in Toronto, boasts strong musical tradition and a 111-stop Casavant Frères organ. Previous incumbents have included composer Healey Willan (1880-1968), whose famous Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue in E flat minor (1916) was written with the organ of St. Paul's in mind.
A new live recording featuring the Choir of Somerville College, accompanied by Robert on the piano, has just been uploaded to the choir's YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EViB5epHMn8.
This performance of Goodall's The Lord is my Shepherd (also known as the theme tune of The Vicar of Dibley) was recorded at a memorial service at Somerville College Chapel, Oxford.
Robert Smith will be making his debut as guest organist at St. Paul's Cathedral, London, today. He will be accompanying the Choir of Somerville College in works by Vaughan Williams and Stanford as well as playing the National Anthem at the end of the service. The Accession Day service forms part of the celebrations for the Diamond Jubilee.
The choir will be conducted by David Crown and the solo parts in the coronation anthems and canticles will be sung by Kate Piddington (soprano), Tal Katsir (soprano) and Stephen O'Driscoll (baritone).