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Henry T. Abley b. 24th Mar 1917 - 1994
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Information on a biography of his father.

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SAULT STE. MARIE New-comers to the Sault are Mr. and Mrs. Harry Abley and their three year old son, Mark, who arrived by air from England recently. Mr. Abley took over his new duties as organist and choir director of St. Luke's Cathedral. The family is residing on Stanley Road.
Born at Knighton in Radnorshire on the Welsh border, Mr. Abley received his early education there then studied at Trinity College in London, taking organ as his principal subject. He took choir training under the organist of Bristol Cathedral. Mr. Abley is a fellow of the London College of Music and a licentiate of Trinity College, London. In addition to his duties as organist and choir director at St. Lukes' he expects to do some private teaching organ, piano and theory.
Prior to coming to the Sault he was organist at St. John the Baptist Church in the heart of Coventry, an historic church more than 607 years old which escaped damage during the blitz.
Before that Mr. Abley was organist at St. Margaret's, Coventry, and in London and Gloucestershire. He was on the committee of Coventry Diocesan Choirs' Association which held annual festivals with about 30 massed choirs taking part. This year Mr. Abley gave an organ recital preceding the festival service. He has also given numerous recitals in various parts of England.
Mr. Abley spent six years in the armed forces in the RSC and RAOC.

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Henry (Harry) Thomas Abley was born 24th Mar 1917 in Nighton, Radnorshire.
He studied under the local parish organist and at secondary school. Harry passed all Association Board organ examinations with honours, the final with distinction at the age of 15.
He continued his studies at the Trinity College of Music, London, and the London College of Music.
He spent five years as organist at St. Davids parish church, Nighton. He joined ABC in 1938 holding appointments at Regal, Uxbridge; Ritz, Richmond and Commodore, Hammersmith.
Joined the Forces in 1940, served for six years in R.A.S.C & R.A.O.C.. Last nine months of service taken up with army entertainments. Demobbed March 1946.
Rejoined A.B.C on April 1st at the Savoy, Enfield then moving to the Regal Putney
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In 1958 He moved to Sault Ste. Marie, a city on the St. Marys River in Ontario, Canada.
Where he was organist and choir director of St. Luke's Cathedral, 1957-1959. From 1961-1967 he worked as the organist at First Baptist Church in Lethbridge, Alberta. Subsequently he worked as an organist and choirmaster at St. John’s Cathedral in Saskatoon, SK from 1968-1977, then at Third Avenue United Church also in Saskatoon, SK from 1979-1985. His last engagement as organist and choirmaster was at Church of the Advent in Montreal from 1985 until his death in 1994
Marie Claire Alain 10th Aug 1926 - 26th Feb 2013

Organist Extraordinaire performs Bach on different organs

Litanies great organ of the Hofkirche in Luzern, Switzerland.
- Jehan Alain
Organ lesson Cavaillé - Coll in the church of St.Germain in St.Germain en Laye
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Organ lesson Cavaillé - Coll in the church of St.Germain in St.Germain en Laye
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Marie Claire Alain was born 10th August 1926 in St. Germain-en-Laye, Paris, France.
Pupil of
Maurice Duruflé Maurice Duruflé
Maurice Duruflé
11 January 1902 – 16 June 1986
Duruflé was born in Louviers.
A chorister at the Rouen Cathedral Choir School where he studied piano and organ with Jules Haelling.
At 17 he moved to Paris and took private organ lessons with Charles Tournemire.
In 1920 Duruflé entered the Conservatoire de Paris, graduating with first prizes in organ, harmony, fugue, piano accompaniment and composition.
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Marcel Dupré Marcel Dupré organist
Marcel Jean Jules Dupré
3rd May 1886 – 30th May 1971
A pupil of Alexandre Guilmant & Louis Vierne
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André Marchal André Marchal organist
André Marchal
6th Feb 1894 – 27th Aug 1980
André Marchal was born blind. He studied the organ under Eugène Gigout at the Paris Conservatoire.
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Gaston Litaize Gaston Litaize
Gaston Gilbert Litaize
11 August 1909 - 5 August 1991
French organist and composer
Blind from infancy, he studied and taught for most of his life at the Institut National des Jeunes Aveugles.
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Her lengthy career began as early as 1937, when she would play the organ of Saint-Germain-en-Laye with her father.
Marie gave more than 2,500 concerts around the world.
She was a very popular teacher and was invited to teach at the greatest European music schools, and the most famous universities, in particular in North American and Japan.
Marie also taught at the Rueil-Malmaison music school from 1978 to 1994. Thus, she trained hundreds of organists around the world, most of whom became great musicians and reputable teachers themselves.
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Nigel Allcoat 15th Mar 1950
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Nigel Allcoat was born 15th March 1950 in Leicester.
He studied at the Royal School of Church Music 1968 to 1971.
He has been Organist at Holy Trinity, Paddington, assistant organist at St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields, London, organist at San Andrea della Valle, Rome, & St. Augustine’s, Kilburn.
He enjoys an international reputation as a performer, teacher and composer with homes both in Central England and Southern France.
Nigel has been a Jury Member of numerous international organ competitions, most notably the Concours in Haarlem (NL) and Montbrison (F) The Albert Schweitzer in Deventer (NL), the Boellmann in Strasbourg (F) and numerous times for the European Improvisation Concours in Belgium.
His solo international debuts were at Westminster Abbey (1984), The Royal Festival Hall (1987), Sacré Coeur (Paris) in 1988 and the Philharmonic Hall (St Petersburg) 1998. 
Martin Baker 26th Jul 1967 -
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Martin Baker organist Martin Baker organist
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Martin Baker was born 26th July 1967 in Manchester, England
Martin studied at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music. He was an organ scholar of Downing College, Cambridge.
He won first prize in the Improvisation Competition at the St Albans International Organ Festival in 1997.
Since 2000 he has been Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral.

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Sorcerer's Apprentice Bales Recital Hall, University of Kansas

Prelude and Fugue in A minor Craighead-Saunders organ in Christ Church, Rochester
BWV 543 - J. S. Bach:
Adagio and Allegro Craighead-Saunders organ in Christ Church, Rochester
for a musical clock
Praeludium und Fuga über den Namen BACH Birmingham Town Hall, England
- Franz Liszt
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David Baskeyfield was an organ scholar at St John's College, Oxford, where he read Law and studied organ with
John Wellingham
John Wellingham
Distinguished organ teacher and organist who taught at Jesus College for over 30 years.
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David SangerDavid Sanger organist
David John Sanger
17th April 1947 - 28th May 2010
L.R.A.M., F.R.C.O., A.R.A.M., F.R.A.M.
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. On the encouragement of
David Higgs David Higgs
David Higgs
Chair of the Organ Department at the Eastman School of Music.
he crossed the Atlantic to begin graduate work at the Eastman School of Music. Between Oxford and Eastman he spent a year as organ scholar of Christ Church Cathedral and St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. He is currently Director of Music at Christ Episcopal Church, Pittsford.
Jennifer Bate 11th Nov 1944 -
Skizzen für den Pedalflügel opus 58
La Nativité du Seigneur - Olivier Messiaen
Concerto in C - Johann Sebastian Bach
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First for Bate

THE FIRST ever organ recital in the Wigmore Hall will be given by Jennifer Bate on June 7. The instrument, a portable pipe organ, has been made specially for Jennifer Bate by N. P. Mander Ltd and enables her to achieve one of her most important aims, to tour as recitalist and soloist with chamber orchestras and ensembles playing the baroque repertoire.
Following her Wigmore Hall appearance she will be at Goodwood House with the London Harpsichord Ensemble on June 9 and has bookings for the Chiltern Music Society and the Rawlins Community Centre near Loughborough.

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Thursday 17 May 1984
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BETWEEN recitals in Britain's leading cathedrals. concert halls and universities. the brilliant young London organist Jennifer Bate is taking time out this Saturday to visit Carnmoney. She is to give the opening recital on a new organ in the local parish church. Jennifer was a respected organist while still at school. and since graduating with music honours from Bristol University she has given extensive playing tours on the Continent.
Her future bookings include recitals at King's College, Cambridge, and the Cathedral at Notre Dame, Paris

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CLASSICAL organist Jennifer Bate is noted for her elegant hair-do. The beautiful and talented Miss Bate has the curls swept up at the back because that is all the audiences see her back. On tour, without her hairdresser, she has a special way of keeping the coiffure intact at night— "I have learned to sleep on my nose:" A somewhat delicate organ.

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Sunday 15 June 1975
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Jennifer Lucy Bate OBE was born 11th November 1944 in London. Jennifer studied under her father
Horace Alfred Bate Horace Alfred Bate
1899 - 1995
A.R.C.M., F.R.C.O., L.R.A.M.
Studied under Charles Hylton Stuart at Rochester Cathedral and with H.G. Ley and C.H. Kitson at the Royal College of Music.
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Dr Eric Harding Thiman. Eric Harding Thiman Dr Eric Harding Thiman
1900 - 1975
F.R.C.O., Mus.D., A.G.S.M.
Studied at Caterham School; the Guildhall School of Music, London; Royal Academy of Music.

She is especially regarded as an authority on the organ music of
Messiaen, Olivier Messiaen
Olivier Messiaen
10 Dec 1908 – 27 Apr 1992
French composer, organist, and ornithologist, one of the major composers of the 20th century.
having befriended him within the last twenty years of his life as his organist of choice. In 1986, she gave the first British performance of his Livre du Saint Sacrement at Westminster Cathedral and later made the world premiere recording of the work under the personal supervision of the composer, winning the Grand Prix du Disque. He also endorsed her earlier recordings of all of his other organ works. Bate owns scores which contain many personal markings and references made by him.
Jennifer Bate has a broad repertory spanning several centuries, also having recorded much English organ music, the complete organ works of César Franck and the complete organ music of Felix Mendelssohn.
She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours.
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Kerry Beaumont 5th Apr 1957 -
Mars The Grand Organ
Coventry Cathedral
The Bringer of War
Jongen: Choral Coventry Cathedral organ
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Kerry Jason Beaumont was born on the 5th April 1957 in Cambridge.
Kerry was a chorister at Ripon Cathedral and a pupil of
John WeaverJohn Weaver organist
John Weaver
27th Apr 1937 -
John Weaver served as Director of Music at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City (1970-2005),
Head of the Organ Department at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia (1972-2003), and Chair of the Organ Department at The Juilliard School (1987-2004).

His family emigrated to Canada in 1970. While there he was director of music at the Church of the Good Samaritan in Paoli, Pennsylvania, United States for seven years, he studied organ improvisation with
Antoine Reboulot Antoine Reboulot organist
17th Dec 1914 - 11th Jul 2002
Blind by birth, he was a pupil of André Marchal at the National Institute for the Blind , in Paris.
He settled in Quebec in 1967 and pursued a brilliant career as organist, pianist, improviser, lecturer and teacher.
in Quebec, Canada, and with
Pierre Cochereau
9th Jul 1924 – 5th Mar 1984
Pupil of Marie Louise Girod; studied at the Paris Conservatory
in Nice, France. He returned to England in 1988.
He was director of music at in Pembrokeshire, Wales (1990-1994), and in North Yorkshire (1994-2002).
Kerry Beaumont is the Director of Music at Coventry Cathedral

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Diane Meredith Belcher 1960 -
Nimrod from Enigma Var. Quimby Pipe Organ at William Jewell College, Liberty, MO

Gigue Fugue Quimby Pipe Organ at William Jewell College, Liberty, MO
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Diane Meredith Belcher was born in 1960.
Her teachers include:
David Spicer
David Spicer
26th Dec 1946 - 18th Jan 2017
American organist and church musician
Graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he was an Artist/Scholar under Alexander McCurdy and a devotee of Virgil Fox,
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John WeaverJohn Weaver organist
John Weaver
27th Apr 1937 -
John Weaver served as Director of Music at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City (1970-2005),
Head of the Organ Department at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia (1972-2003), and Chair of the Organ Department at The Juilliard School (1987-2004).
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Clarence WattersClarence Watters
Clarence Everett Watters
1902 - 1986
Pupil of Mark Andrews and Marcel Dupré
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David Craighead
David Craighead
1924 - 2012

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Wilma Jensen
Wilma Hoyle Jensen
1921 -
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Ford Lallerstedt Ford Lallerstedt
Ford Lallerstedt
Music theory, counterpoint and keyboard studies
Dr. Lallerstedt received his Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Juilliard. He studied musicology with Gustave Reese, conducting with Warren Brown, and musical analysis with Jacob Druckman, Vincent Persichetti, and Roger Sessions.
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Edward Aldwell Edward AldwellEdward Aldwell30th Jan 1938 - 28th May 2006
music theory
American pianist, music theorist and pedagogue.
Taught at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and at the Mannes College of Music in New York City
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David Beach David Beach
David Beach
music theory
Professor Beach is known primarily as a leading proponent of the theories of Heinrich Schenke
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Diane BishBorn 25th May 1941
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Purcell, Trumpet Tune & Air 117 Rank Ruffatti Organ at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale.

Rhadetsky March 117 Rank Ruffatti Organ of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft Lauderdale.

Amazing Grace 117 rank Ruffatti organ at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale.

Wedding March 117 rank Ruffatti organ of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church
- F. Mendelssohn
March from Aida 117 Rank Ruffatti organ of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church

'Nimrod' 194 Rank Rodgers Pipe Organ of Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas.
- Enigma Variations for Organ
Widor, Toccata Diane Bish and Simon Preston in live concert
Symphony No. 5 for 2 Organists
Interview
Part 1 Mary Roman interviews Diane about her childhood, growing up
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Ruffati Console of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church
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Diane Joyce Bish was born May 25th, 1941.
Diane is both an organist and composer, as well as being executive producer of the Joy of Music television series. As a concert organist, she performs frequently at recitals throughout North America and Europe
Diane Bish graduated from Wichita East High School in Wichita, Kansas, in 1959.She had played on the 1925 Austin Organ installed in the school auditorium.
Diane began studying organ as a student of Dorothy Addy. Later, she was a recipient of Fulbright and French government grants for study in Amsterdam with
Gustav Leonhardt, Gustav Leonhardt
Gustav Leonhardt
30th May 1928 – 16th Jan 2012
Dutch keyboard player (Harpsichord), conductor, musicologist, teacher and editor.
and in Paris with
Nadia Boulanger, Nadia Boulanger
Juliette Nadia Boulanger
16th Sep 1887 – 22nd Oct 1979
French composer, conductor, and teacher
She is notable for having taught many of the leading composers and musicians of the 20th century.
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Marie-Claire Alain Marie-Claire Alain organist
Marie-Claire Alain
10th Aug 1926 - 26th Feb 2013
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Beginning in the 1970s, Diane Bish served for more than 20 years as organist and artist-in-residence at the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she designed the 117 rank Ruffatti organ in the sanctuary. While at the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, she began producing a weekly television program of organ music, The Joy of Music.
As of 2016, The Joy of Music continues to feature her performances taped on-location at prominent organs in North America and Europe. Since the program's beginning in the early 1980s, she has recorded over 500 episodes as of 2016, each of which shows her playing one or more different pipe or digital organs.
No longer resident organist at the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Diane Bish now makes frequent concert appearances at recitals throughout North America
On April 29, 2016, Diane Bish was awarded the inaugural Distinguished Career Award by the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. In 1989, Diane Bish was awarded the National Citation by the National Federation of Music Clubs of America, considered to be the Federation's highest honour.
Diane Bish has made over thirty recordings on many of the great organs of the world, including the celebrated Müller organ of the St.-Bavokerk (or Grote Kerk) in Haarlem, Netherlands, Canterbury Cathedral, and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
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Christopher Bowers-Broadbent 13th Jan 1945 -
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Christopher Bowers-Broadbent was born 13th January 1945 in Hemel Hempstead.
He studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where he was taught by
Arnold Richardson
6thJan 1914 - 26th June 1973
Organist and composer. He studied with G.D. Cunningham and Benjamin Dale at the RAM, where he later became a Fellow and teacher.
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Richard Rodney Bennett Richard Rodney Bennett
Sir Richard Rodney Bennett
29th Mar 1936 – 24th Dec 2012
English composer of film, TV and concert music, and also a jazz pianist,
Isaiah Braudo 1896-1970
Thousands of Pipes
The City and Song
Isaiah Braudo organist Isaiah Braudo organist
Isaiah Braudo

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Isaiah Alexandrovich Braudo learned French school of organ playing and cultivated it in Russia.
Besides his extraordinary performing skills he was a profound scholar and original thinker who elaborated theory of articulation and ideas on Bach's art of melody
Professor of the Leningrad (St.Petersburg) Conservatoire from 1923 until his death.
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David Briggs 1st Nov 1962 -
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Christmas improvisation on the great Casavant organ at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church

improvisingDuring the communion at a Mass at Saint Sulpice, on 29th May 2011
a Fugue
improvising During a Mass at Saint Sulpice, on 29th May 2011.
a Sortie
The Phantom of the Operaimprovises the score to the 1929 classic silent movie

The Flight of the bumblebeeLa Verna International Organ Festival
Edition 2013

ImprovisationLa Verna International Organ Festival
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& Widor: Toccata op.42
Ravel: Daphnis et ChloeLa Verna International Organ Festival
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- Suite n.2
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David John Briggs was born November 1st 1962. He was educated at the Solihull School. He was an organ scholar at King's College, Cambridge from 1981-84. At the relatively early age of 17 he was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists (FRCO).
Whilst at university, he toured Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany with the college choir. In 1983 he received the Countess of Munster Award to study Interpretation and Improvisation with
Jean Langlais Jean Langlais
Jean Langlais
15th Feb 1907 – 8th May 1991
Blind from the age of two.
French composer of modern classical music, organist, and improviser.
His works are mostly masses and organ music, some based on Gregorian themes, enhanced by polymodal harmonies.
in Paris.
On leaving university, he was appointed as Assistant Organist at .
He was appointed Organist and Master of the Chorister's of in 1989, before moving to the similar post in 1994.
In May 2002 David left Gloucester to pursue a freelance career as a concert organist and composer
David Briggs is Organist Emeritus at Gloucester Cathedral, and gives regular master classes at the Royal Northern College of Music and Cambridge University.
Kevin Bowyer 9th Jan 1961 -

Le Salut MessianiqueSt. Paul Within the Walls Episcopal Church
- Thierry Pallesco
Sonata on the 94th PsalmLa Verna International Organ Festival 2013
- Julius Reubke
CapriccioLa Verna International Organ Festival 2013
- John Ireland
Kevin Bowyer organist Kevin Bowyer organist
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Kevin John Bowyer was born 9th January 1961 in Southend on Sea, Essex.
He sang in a choir and learnt the piano accordion and organ as a child. When the church where he practised refused to let him carry on practising, he says: 'I went and had a key cut to the church and I got in anyway.' He attended Cecil Jones High School in Southend, and studied at the Royal Academy of Music from 1979 to 1982 with organists Christopher
Bowers-Broadbent Christopher Bowers-Broadbent
Christopher Bowers-Broadbent
Organist of St. Pancras Parish Church and the West London Synagogue.
Professor of organ at the Royal Academy of Music, London
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Douglas Hawkridge. Douglas Hawkridge organist Douglas Leighton Hawkridge
1907 - 1982

After graduation, he studied for two years with
David SangerDavid Sanger organist
David John Sanger
17th April 1947 - 28th May 2010
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after winning a Countess of Munster scholarship. When given a list of music to prepare at his first meeting with Sanger, he didn't realise that it was a term's work and had learnt it all by the next week.
He has won the following competitions.
  • St Albans International Organ Festival 1983
  • Odense International Organ Competition 1990
  • Paisley International Organ Festival 1990
  • Dublin International Organ and Choral Festival 1990
  • Calgary International Organ Festival 1990
He has performed and broadcast all over the world, and has released around ninety recordings, including all of Bach's organ music.
He was organist of the Parish of Warwick from 1989 until 1998.
In 2005 he was appointed university organist at the University of Glasgow.
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John Butt 17th Nov 1960
In Conversation Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Discussing J.S Bach
You Tube link iconChaconne in f minor.
Johann Pachelbel
You Tube link iconTrio Sonata No. 1
Butt plays Bach
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John Butt OBE, FRSE, FBA was born 17th November 1960 in Solihull, England.
He was educated at Solihull School on a music scholarship. In 1979 he began his undergraduate education at University of Cambridge, where he held the position of organ scholar at King's College from 1979 to 1982. His organ teachers at Cambridge included
Peter Hurford Peter Herford
Peter Herford
M.A., F.R.C.O., A.R.C.M., O.B.E.
22nd Nov 1930
Studied at Blundell’s School; the Royal College of Music, London; Jesus College, Cambridge
and
Gillian Weir Gillian Weir organist
Gillian Weir
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. He received his PhD at Cambridge in 1987.
After graduation, he lectured at the University of Aberdeen and was a Fellow of Magdalene College at the University of Cambridge. In 1989, he became university organist and assistant professor of music at the University of California, Berkeley; in 1992, he was promoted to associate professor, as well as director of the University Chamber Chorus
In autumn of 1997, Butt returned to the University of Cambridge as University Lecturer, Director of Studies for Music at King's College, and Fellow of King's College.
Since October 2001 he has been the Gardiner Chair of Music at the University of Glasgow.
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Andrew Cantrill 1971 -
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Deuxieme Fantaisie Royal Hospital School, Holbrook
- Jehan Alain
Evening Song Royal Hospital School, Holbrook
Edward Bairstow
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Andrew Cantrill was born 1971 in Hampshire
He studied at Reigate Grammar School; Barnard Castle School; Durham University; and was a pupil of
James Lancelot, james lancelot organist
James Bennett Lancelot
1952 -
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Peter Wright, Peter Wright organist
Peter Michael Wright
6th Mar 1954 -
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Lady Susi Jeans Susi Jeans organist
Lady Susi Jeans
1911 - 1993
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and
Gerre Hancock. Gerre Hancock organist
Gerre Hancock.
21st Feb 1934 - 21st Jan 2012.
American organist, improviser, and composer.
Professor of Organ and Sacred Music at the University of Texas at Austin.

organist at St. George’s, Belfast, Ireland; Grimsby Parish Church, England; St. Paul’s Cathedral, Wellington, New Zealand; St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buffalo, New York, U.S.A.; Croydon Parish Church, England.
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Cameron Carpenter born 18th April 1981
Cameron Carpenters Facebook page
Interview Cameron talks about his mentor James Litton

The Great Fugue Cameron Carpenter performs J. S. Bach's
The Great Fugue in G Minor'
live on Q2 Music in The Greene Space
in G Minor
Sleigh RideMarshall & Ogletree organ at Middle Collegiate Church in New York City
- Leroy Anderson
Toccata in F major J S Bach Toccata in F major played at the Sydney Opera House.
- J S Bach
La Campanella Grandes etudes de Paganini No 6 G-sharp minor 'La Campanella'

Wurlitzer Berlin's Musical Instrument Museum



I'll Be Home For Christmas International Touring Organ

Rachmaninoff's Paganini Rhapsody for Organ & Orchestra Introduces and demonstrates his concept

Dallas March 13, 2018International Touring Organ, built by Marshall & Ogletree
Organist Cameron Carpenter Organist Cameron Carpenter
Cameron Carpenter
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Cameron Carpenter was a keyboard prodigy, he performed Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier at age 11 before joining the American Boy choir School in 1992 as a boy soprano.
During his four years of high school studies at The North Carolina School of the Arts, he made his first studies in orchestration and orchestral composition, and transcribed for the organ more than 100 major works, including Gustav Mahler's complete Symphony No. 5.
Cameron continued composing after moving to New York City in 2000 to attend The Juilliard School. While at the School he composed art songs; the symphonic poem Child of Baghdad (2003) for orchestra, chorus and Ondes Martenot; his first substantial works for solo organ; and numerous organ arrangements of piano works by Chopin, Godowsky, Grainger, Ives, Liszt, Medtner, Rachmaninoff, Schumann, and others.
Cameron received a Master's Degree from The Juilliard School in New York in 2006. The same year, Cameron began his worldwide organ concert tours, giving numerous debuts at venues including Royal Albert Hall, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Melbourne Town Hall, Tschaikowsky Hall in Moscow, Davies Hall in San Francisco and many others.
His first album for Telarc®, the GRAMMY®-nominated Revolutionary (2008), was followed in 2010 by the critically acclaimed full length DVD and CD Cameron Live
Extract from the Cameron Carpenter web site
Chelsea Chen 30th Dec 1983 -
Chelsea Chen Facebook page
Super Mario Fantasia
On The Bench with Dr. Carol
Prelude, Adagio and Chorale-Variations on 'Veni Creator'
Arabesque No. 2 - Claude Debussy
Sweet Georgia Brown - La Jolla Presbyterian Church
Beethoven Variations + Joe Lee
Taiwanese Suite part 1
Taiwanese Suite part 2
Taiwanese Suite part 3
Chelsea Chen organist Chelsea Chen organist
Chelsea Chen

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Chelsea Chen
Karen McFarlane Artists, Inc.

Chelsea Chen
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Chelsea Chen was born on 30th December 1983, in San Diego, California.
Chelsea began piano studies at a young age, studying with
Jane Smisor Bastien Jane Smisor Bastien
Jane Smisor Bastien together with her husband James Bastien, wrote the best-selling Bastien Piano Methods.
and Lori Bastien Vickers. At age fifteen, she began studying organ, first with
Leslie Robb, Leslie Robb
Leslie Wolf Robb
B.A. in music from San Diego State University with an emphasis in organ and music education.
and later with
Monte Maxwell. Monte Maxwell
Monte Maxwell
Earned his Bachelor of Music Degree from Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, studying with Emmet G. Smith. He was then invited to study at the Curtis Institute of Music with John Weaver

After only two years of lessons, she was accepted into the Juilliard School, where she studied first with
John WeaverJohn Weaver organist
John Weaver
27th Apr 1937 -
John Weaver served as Director of Music at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City (1970-2005),
Head of the Organ Department at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia (1972-2003), and Chair of the Organ Department at The Juilliard School (1987-2004).
and then with
Paul Jacobs Paul Jacobs
Paul Jacobs
Born in 1977 in Washington, Pennsylvania.
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, completing her undergraduate degree in 2005 and her graduate degree in 2006.
Chelsea Chen was appointed to the position of Organist and Artist in Residence at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale.
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Clay Christiansen 28th Feb 1949 -
Beautiful Savior Mary Collins organ
Portland First United Methodist Church
April, 2016.

Were You There? Mary Collins organ
Portland First United Methodist Church
April, 2016.

He Is Risen Mary Collins organ
Portland First United Methodist Church
April, 2016.

Land of RestEpisode 4569
Aired April 9, 2017.
Clay Christiansen organist Clay Christiansen organist
Clay Christiansen
Clay Christiansen
Organ Live Page

Composers For Organs
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Dr Clay Rellus Christiansen was born 28th February 1949 in Emery, Utah.
He was a pupil of
Dr Alexander Schreiner Alexander Schreiner
Dr Alexander Schreiner
1901 - 1987
Studied in Paris with Louis Vierne, Charles Marie Widor and Henri Libert.
and
J. J. Keeler.
Joseph Jensen Keeler
1913 - 1996
Studied in Leipzig with Karl Straube

Organist of St. Mark’s (Episcopal) Cathedral, Salt Lake City, Utah, the Congregation Kol Ami, Salt Lake City, Utah and the Mormon Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, Utah.
James David Christie 1952 -
Live PerformanceOHS 2013 National Convention

Oberlin Organ tour. Professor Christie takes us on the complete Oberlin Organ tour. ;

Classic 107 studio Talk with Morning Show host Michael Wolch.
interview
James David Christie organist James David Christie organist
James David Christie
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James David Christie was born 1952 in Wisconsin.
He studied with David Boe and Yuko Hayashi. He also studied extensively with
Marie-Claire Alain Marie-Claire Alain organist
Marie-Claire Alain
10th Aug 1926 - 26th Feb 2013
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,
Bernard Lagacé
Bernard Lagacé
1930-
Studied with André Marchal and Anton Heiller
and
Harald Vogel. Harald Vogel
Harald Vogel
b.1941
German organist, organologist, and author. He is a leading expert on Renaissance and Baroque keyboard music.
Stephen Cleobury 31st Dec 1948 -
Stephen Cleobury
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Excerpt The Grand Organ of King's College, Cambridge
Priory Records DVD
Stephen Cleobury organist Stephen Cleobury organist
Stephen Cleobury
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Stephen Cleobury CBE was born 31st December 1948 in Bromley, Kent
Stephen was an organ scholar at St John's College, Cambridge under the musical directorship of
George Guest Gworge Guest organist
George Howell Guest
9th Feb 1924 - 20th Nov 2002
F.R.C.O., C.B.E.
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, and sub-organist of Westminster Abbey before becoming Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral in 1979.
He was head of music at St Matthews Church Northampton and head of music at Northampton grammar school during the mid 1970s.
Stephen was also President of the Royal College of Organists from 1990 to 1992.
He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Music and an Honorary Doctor of Music from Anglia Ruskin University.
Extract Stephen Cleobury
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Norman Cocker 1889–1953
You Tube link iconTuba Tune
Played by John Pemberton
Forster & Andrews organ
Hull City Hall.
Norman Cocker Norman Cocker
Norman Cocker

Photo from Merton College archive
This is believed to be Norman Cocker when he was part of the college rugby team.
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Manchester Cathedral
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Small Church Organ Design

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Norman Cocker was born in Yorkshire and was a chorister at Magdalen College, Oxford.
He was awarded the Organ Scholarship at Merton College, Oxford, but never completed his degree after being sent down, on his own admission, for not doing enough work.

Norman Cocker was admitted to Merton College in 1907 as an Organ Scholar.

Minutes of the Merton College Warden’s and Tutors’ Committee.
20 May 1908 the Committee resolved: that in the event of his failing his Moderations in June, Mr. Cocker be required to do good Collections in October on pain of forfeiting the whole or part of his Exhibition
On 14 October 1908 the Committee resolved: that Mr. Cocker be fined £5 for bad work in Collections.
On 5 December 1908 the Committee resolved: that, if Mr. Cocker fails to pass Moderations by June, his name to be taken off the Books
On 20 January 1909, the Committee resolved: that Mr. Cocker be gated at 9 p.m. for the first four weeks of term for failing to attend a choir practice.
Note:- The ‘Moderations’ referred to above are the first public university examinations sat by undergraduate students. ‘Collections’ are internal college examinations. They do not count towards a degree but provide evidence of a student’s academic progress.

He served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Lincolnshire Regiment during the First World War. (Probably entitled to the Victory Medal and British War medal.)

Reproduced by kind permission of Merton College archive department

He was appointed Assistant Organist at Manchester Cathedral in 1920, becoming Organist there in 1943.
In 1920 he opened the Savoy cinema, Bradford.
He composed his famous 'Tuba Tune' in 1922.
Ken Cowan 1974 -
Meistersinger Overture Our Lady of Refuge in Brooklyn

The Great Organ Cathedral of St John the Divine New York City
Ken Cowan organist Ken Cowan organist
Ken Cowan

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Ken Cowan
Karen McFarlane Artists, Inc.

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Ken Cowan was born 1974 in Thorold, Ontario.
Following initial studies with his father, David, his principal teacher during his high school years was
James Bigham James Bigham
Born South Carolina
Teachers have included
  • Frederick Swann
  • Alexander McCurdy
  • Robert Baker
  • George Thalben-Ball
  • Michael Schneider
  • McNeil Robinson
He went on to study with
Thomas Murray Thomas Murray organist
Thomas Murray
6th Oct 1943 -
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and
John WeaverJohn Weaver organist
John Weaver
27th Apr 1937 -
John Weaver served as Director of Music at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City (1970-2005),
Head of the Organ Department at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia (1972-2003), and Chair of the Organ Department at The Juilliard School (1987-2004).
.
David Craighead 24th Jan 1924 - 26th Mar 2012
David Craighead organist David Craighead organist
David Craighead
David Craighead
obituary
Eastman School of Music

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David Craighead
Discogs page

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David Craighead was born 24th Jan 1924 in Strasburg, Pennsylvania.
David Craighead was a legendary Eastman School of Music faculty organist who balanced an impressive career in teaching and performing,
He received a bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
G. D. Cunningham 2nd Oct 1878 - August 4th Aug 1948
You Tube link iconSymphony No. 8 (Widor)
Alexandra Palace, London.
You Tube link iconHandel Organ Concerto No. 2
With the City of Birmingham Orchestra conducted by George Weldon
You Tube link iconHandel Organ Concerto No. 4
With the City of Birmingham Orchestra conducted by George Weldon
You Tube link iconToccata & Fuge In D-Minor
Central Hall, Westminster
George Dorrington Cunningham George Dorrington Cunningham
George Dorrington Cunningham
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George Dorrington Cunningham was born in London 2nd October 1878.
He studied piano with his mother, then switched to organ at the Guildhall School of Music.
Upon graduation he studied with Josiah Booth at Park Chapel, Crouch End, North London. From there he enrolled in the Royal Academy of Music, where he became an FRCO at age eighteen and organist of the Alexandra Palace at twenty-two, in 1901.
Carlo Curley 24th Aug 1952 – 11th Aug 2012
Chester Cathedral, atour of the organ
To a Wild Rose
Sinfonia in D at Lincoln Cathedral
In His Own Words
On the Bench with Carol Williams
Organist Carlo Curley Organist Carlo Curley
Carlo Curley
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Carlo James Curley was born August 24th 1952 into a musical family in Monroe, North Carolina, USA, and attended the North Carolina School of the Arts. He subsequently studied with
Virgil Fox, Virgil Fox
Virgil Fox
3rd May 1912 - 25th Oct 1980
American organist, known especially for his flamboyant "Heavy Organ" concerts of the music of Bach.
Robert Elmore, Robert Elmore
2nd Jan 1913 - 22nd Sep 1985
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George Thalben-Ball George Thalben-Ball
Sir George Thomas Thalben-Ball
18th June 1896 - 18th January 1987
Organist and composer who, though originally from Australia, spent almost all his life in Britain.
and
Arthur Poister. Arthur Poister Arthur William Poister
13th June 1898 - 25th Feb 1980
American organist, who was especially renowned as one of the country's leading pedagogues of future generations of musicians.

Carlo Curley developed his performance style in the manner of
Virgil Fox, Virgil Fox
Virgil Fox
3rd May 1912 - 25th Oct 1980
American organist, known especially for his flamboyant "Heavy Organ" concerts of the music of Bach.
, with respect to popularising classical organ music popular to a wider audience, which included his arrangements and transcriptions of pieces from other classical genres.
Carlo James Curley was the first classical organist to perform a solo organ recital at the White House, and also played before several European heads of state. He toured extensively throughout the world, and earned the marketing nickname 'the Pavarotti of the Organ'. He was one of only a few concert organists worldwide who supported themselves exclusively by giving recitals, concerts and master classes, without any supplement from teaching or church position.
Curley used a substantial Allen touring organ where the venue lacked an instrument of sufficient scope to support his repertoire. He recorded commercially for various labels such as RCA, ProArte, Rediffusion and Decca International.
A life-long bachelor, Curley died on Saturday, August 11th 2012, at age 59, in Melton Mowbray, England.
Extract from the Carlo Curley Wikipedia page