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MR J. E. JEFFRIES
Newcastle Cathedral Organist.
The sad event was entirely unexpected, for Mr Jeffries, apparently in his usual health, had gone to Walsall, his native heath, for a short change and rest. He caught a chill, however, and succumbed to pneumonia.
The deceased gentleman, who was a bachelor, was about 55 years age.
He was a fellow of the Royal College of Organists. Mr Jeffries was widely known in musical circles in this country. He was a well-equipped musician, and as a composer, conductor, organist and choirmaster he did much good work on sound and effective, rather than brilliant and "display" lines.
Jeffries, who was appointed to Newcastle Cathedral 1895, was connected with Church music all his life. Like Sir Arthur Sullivan, he started his musical career as a choir-boy in the Parish Church of his native town, Walsall, where he was afterwards solo boy. He was appointed organist and choir, master of that church at the early age of 17, and held the position for ten years.
His first master for the organ was Dr, Haydn Hecton, of Peterborough Cathedral, and he afterwards studied under Sir George Martin, Sir J. Frederick Bridge, Dr. F. E. Gladstone, Mr Franklin Taylor, and M. C. M. Wider, of Paris. Whilst under Sir George Martin he often played the services in St. Paul’s Cathedral.
It was, perhaps, as a recitalist that Jeffries excelled, and local musical people will remember with pleasure his recitals in the Cathedral, in which often had the assistance of Mr Alfred Wall, A.R.C.M., a very happy combination being formed and wih delightful results.
A remarkable feat of Mr Jeffries was the playing of the Cathedral services for many weeks with his left hand, his right hand, his right hand having been blood-poisoned and in a sling. Under those conditions he presided at the organ for the performance of Bach’s Passion according to "St. Matthew."
Probably Mr Jeffries’ best known composition was a setting of "The Annunciation," which was first produced Walsall, and afterwards by the Jarrow Philharmonic Society and the Newcastle Amateur Vocal Society, of both of which organisations Jeffries was conductor. In 1909 he was the official organist of the Newcastle Musical Festival.
The funeral will take place at Walsall Wednesday first, and simultaneously there will a memorial service the Newcastle Cathedral, commencing 11.30.
The Vicar of Newcastle, preaching at the Cathedral yesterday, referred In touching terms to the death of Mr Jeffries, and the close of the morning and evening services Miss Wilkinson, the deputy Cathedral organist, impressively played the Dead March from "Saul." Saturday the "Major" bell was rung in memory of Mr Jeffries, and yesterday a muffled peal was rung at the morning and evening services.
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Extract british newspaper archive
Newcastle Journal - Monday 13 May 1918