18th March 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Oliver Macfarlane started playing the piano at the age of eight and later took up the organ. His fulltime
music education began at Winchester School of Art followed by four years at the Royal College of Music, where he studied organ with Richard Popplewell.
Oliver joined the staff of the BBC but continued his organ studies at the International Summer Academy in Haarlem with Ton Koopman, Ewald Kooiman and Guy Bovet, and he was a pupil of Gillian Weir for three years.
He is currently assistant organist at St Mary’s Church, Stoke D’Abernon and a deputy organist for the Parish of Esher.
Solo recitals have included engagements at Southwark Cathedral, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Stephen Walbrook and St Michaels Cornhill.
Oliver Macfarlane had a long career in broadcasting, exclusively with the BBC. He joined BBC Radio as a trainee studio manager and later became a director and producer in Children’s TV department where he worked onseveral programmes including the BBC’s flagship series Blue Peter for over eleven years, becoming the programme editor.
Oliver moved to Television Classical Music department where, as series editor of performance output, his
portfolio of programmes included the prestigious Young Musician of the Year competition, the conducting
series Maestro, the BBC Summer Proms, and opera and ballet productions from the Royal Opera House.