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Dr. Francis Jackson at 100

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Dr. Francis Jackson at 100

Postby IainStinson » Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:32 am

Dr Francis Jackson (born 2 October 1917) is a British organist and composer. He was the organist and director of music at York Minster for 36 years.

Jackson was born in Malton, Yorkshire and received his early education as a chorister at York Minster under his predecessor, Sir Edward Bairstow. He was appointed organist and director of music at York Minster in 1946 and held these positions until his retirement in 1982. Jackson played for the wedding of Elizabeth II's cousin, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, to Katherine Worsley on 8 June 1961. The final voluntary was the final movement of Charles-Marie Widor's Symphony No. 5 for organ: Toccata, which set a fashion for the use of this piece for weddings.

Both nationally and internationally acclaimed, Jackson has given recitals and concerts all over the world, and made numerous recordings of solo organ music and of choral music with the choir of York Minster.(Wikipedia)

There is a nice Pipedreams programme about his work.

His recordings (particularly the HMV Great Cathedral recording from York Minister) made a great impression on me as a teenager and I still find them exciting today.

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