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HUDDERSFIELD ORGANISTS' ASSOCIATION'S MAGAZINE FOR WINTER 1998
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Vicar stresses value of organists


MORE than 40 members attended the annual dinner at the Three Acres, Shelley, when our guest speaker was the Rev Catherine Ogle, Vicar of Woolley with West Bretton.

She spoke of the importance of the role of the organist in worship and of her own occasional attempts on the instruments as a child. President Robert Cockroft welcomed our guests, including the Halifax Association president Jack Douglas who spoke of his eventful life and times as a chorister at Halifax Parish Church.

A special welcome was extended to guests who had travelled from outside the area including Anthony Baldery and John Lyon from Lincolnshire and Donald and Joan Webster from York. Our MC was Douglas Bell who spoke with customary eloquence.


News in brief...


Henry Willis in take-over
ONE of the most famous names in organ building, Henry Willis, has passed into Yorkshire hands. The firm has been taken over by a member of this association, David Wyld of Leeds, who runs Mirabilis records. He plans to continue the company's work after a thorough review of its operations.

Gordon Stewart moves on
KIRKLEES Borough Organist Gordon Stewart is leaving Blackburn Cathedral. He will finish as director of music at the end of February to concentrate on his busy recital and teaching career. Gordon was previously organist at Manchester Cathedral and has made a number of acclaimed recordings and broadcasts while at Blackburn.

Wood used for Forest
A CONTRACT to build a new mechanical- action organ in the Forest School, London, has been won by Wood of Huddersfield. Construction of the two-manual instrument, with case design by David Graebe, will begin in the spring. Meanwhile work nears completion on the rebuild of the four- manual Hill in St Asaph Cathedral, North Wales.

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