John Arkell

John ArkellJohn Arkell was Organ Scholar of St. Mary’s Collegiate Church, Warwick and the University of Warwick where he read for a joint degree in Music and English.
He has subsequently taught music in several independent schools and has been Head of Academic Music and Organist at Oundle School since 1997. John holds Fellowship diplomas in organ performance from the Royal College of Organists, Trinity College London and London College of Music. In 2000, John was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and in October of 2009, he received a Fellowship of the Guild of Musicians and Singers for his work in choral music. On sabbatical from Oundle School in 2006, John was appointed Fellow Commoner at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge where he was studying for an MPhil research degree. As an academic musician, John is currently the Chief Examiner for Edexcel Board at GCSE level and the Principal Examiner for Music at A level. He acts as an Associate Consultant in music for QCA (Qualifications and Curriculum Authority) and Ofqual. John is a course lecturer for Keynote Educational and regularly delivers courses for teachers. Over the years, he has written a number of books on music including ‘A Student’s Guide to GCSE Music’ (Rhinegold 2003) ‘Practice GCSE listening Papers’ for Edexcel, (Peters Edition) and ‘Edexcel GCSE Music’, published by Heinemann Educational in 2005. His latest set of textbooks and resources for the new GCSE Music 2010 has recently been published by Pearson (Edexcel). John has written a series of analyses of musical works for BBC Radio 3 in conjunction with their long running ‘Discovering Music’ programme.
John has served as Chairman of the Academic Subcommittee and University Liaison Committee of the Music Masters and Mistresses Association. He has been the conductor of the Oundle and District Choral Society since 2003 to the present day.


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