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  2. Excellent post! I don't really take much interest in who has been awarded this and who has been awarded that, but I'd hazard a guess that if examined closely it would demonstrate more than just an element of Londoncentricism! As for the peerage and the House of Lords, I see it these days as nothing more than a free and comfortable retirement home for politicians and their cronies.
  3. Well, my instinct was sound, but I did not look in the right places!
  4. Thanks for the licence clarification. The whole application seems be shrouded in some degree of secrecy. You express an interest in 1000 words, and only if they think you are a viable candidate, do you get the full application pack. This is unusual.
  5. The Dean of Windsor, David Conner, holds the K.C.V.O. The late Dean of Westminster, John Hall, also holds a K.C.V.O.
  6. It means that the accommodation is linked to the employment and the licence does not create a right to possession. In simple terms more of a permission than a right to occupy the accommodation. It would almost certainly be limited to the period and performance of the employment, subject to reasonable notice to terminate the licence.
  7. In the back of my mind I thought the Deans of Westminster and of Windsor had some kind of honour, but was unable to find anything readily. Less excusable was my omission of Trevor Beeson, Dean of Winchester from 1987-1996, now 94 and happily still with us, having outlived two of his successors. Earlier, in 1976, while Canon Treasurer of Westminster, the Archbishop of Canterbury conferred on him the Lambeth degree of MA, he was appointed OBE in the 1997 New Years Honours “for services to the Church of England, particularly as Dean of Winchester Cathedral” and he was awarded an honorary DLitt
  8. Thank you for that - that titbit hadn't reached the depths of the South Charente!
  9. It is a matter of public record that “He wants me to stay in post, so I will stay because that’s where my orders come from, that’s where my mandate comes from. I’m going to stay and continue to work wholeheartedly at these matters.”
  10. The honours system has long been utterly devalued by cronyism, such that it is impossible without inside knowledge to distinguish the genuinely deserving (of which I'm happy to count Wayne Marshall as one) from the rest. I have personally known civil servants who were recommend for, and given, gongs for doing nothing more than their routine jobs, simply out of favouritism. These were only minor gongs, to be sure, but that simply reflects the circles in which I revolved, ever decreasingly. I have absolutely no doubt that, at least where political service is concerned, the same principles app
  11. The Deans of St Paul's and Westminster are customarily appointed KCVO upon retirement. Christopher Dearnley was appointed LVO upon retirement, and John Scott on his departure for the USA. The current Archbishop's decision not to award Lambeth Doctorates in the short term and their replacement by the Cranmer Awards is much regretted.
  12. I hope this isn't too oblique but, with a possible change 'at the top' in the offing, (a certain person has just passed his 75th birthday) and the possibility of the new appointment being an ex RNCM scholar it might be more interesting than may first appear!!!
  13. James O'Donnell is a Knight of the Order of St. Gregory (K.C.S.G.) a Knighthood conferred by the Pope. Not a UK Knighthood but a Knighthood all the same! I have no feeling for the UK honours system despite the fact that both of my parents held the C.B.E. My mother's was a Military C.B.E. given for services during WWII. She was a brave woman. My father always maintained that he wasn't sure why they gave him his!!!! It came in the 'Wilson honours list' and he always maintained that, perhaps, it was because he voted Labour!!! I'm absolutely sure that politics does play a part in there somewh
  14. Westminster. “Accommodation near the Cathedral is provided on licence.” Any idea what this means ? It will be interesting to see who applies, if the shortlist ever leaks out.
  15. I really can't imagine who would want that job, but I'm sure someone will.
  16. An interesting requirement “FRCO or higher is desirable”. Does that mean a university music degree above first degree, I wonder.
  17. Subject to correction, I can’t recall any cases of cathedral deans being honoured in the sense that you mean. The two Archbishops and the Bishop of London are automatically Privy Counsellors (hence Right Honourable). On the subject of salaries, in his famous pamphlet A Few Words on Cathedral Music and the Musical System of the Church, with a Plan of Reform (1849), Samuel Sebastian Wesley argued that cathedral organists should be on equivalent terms to bishops “as they are the bishops of their profession”. I don’t think that parity has been achieved yet!
  18. Master of the Music job at Westminster Cathedral has now been advertised: https://jobs.churchtimes.co.uk/jobs/Master-of-Music-in-London-and-Home-Counties-jn8906
  19. Interesting. Deans of prestigious cathedrals normally have high status and a lovely house but I’d say that cathedral organists and DoMs are much more likely to have job satisfaction or at least hugely rewarding moments. I may well not be in kilter with the general thoughts of this community on this but I have a feeling the time for a massive overhaul of the honours system, or its abolition, is overdue. To avoid doubt I’m in awe of Wayne Marshall’s prodigious talent and musicianship.
  20. I've no feel for this but how does the frequency of awarding of honours to cathedral musicians compare to honours to senior clergy, perhaps deans?
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  22. Christopher Dearnley was given an LVO towards the end of his time, I think, but was not promoted to CVO upon retirement as he certainly deserved... at the very least. And we have seen others fairly recently who have made massive contributions at the organ or with choirs given an MBE which feels insulting to me. Yet in other walks of life it seems almost automatic that awards come one's way, followed by promotions after a fairly short amount of time. Of course, some of this inactivity might be attributable to those in high office in our cathedrals etc who don't submit names for honours.
  23. Interesting that you and Martin Cooke should mention Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s in this context. It is more than half a century since the organist of either had a knighthood. In fact in the case of Westminster Abbey it is closer to 70 years! The last there was Sir William McKie 1941-1963, and his three immediate predecessors, starting with Sir Frederick Bridge, 1882, were all knights. Martin C will be aware that Sir John Dykes Bower was the last knighted organist at St Paul’s, from 1936-1968 (where have those years gone?)! Of JDB’s five immediate predecessors four had knighthoods,
  24. James O' Donnell most certainly. Though surely rather more than a CVO. Many of this predecessors have had knighthoods, and, as you say, he and his choir have performed at a number of important Royal occasions. Besides he is one of the best choir trainers even and a great organist. Martin
  25. I order quite a lot from Forwoods. In fact got a delivery from them today. Their online catalogue isn’t quite as comprehensive as some other sites, but they are always happy to order anything even if it’s not listed. Delivery service is also excellent. Usually dispatch in stock items the same day by first class post, which is incredibly handy if you need something in a hurry.
  26. I wish we could see more of these awards going to organists and our top cathedral/church musicians. As well as these drying up, Lambeth seems to have abandoned its degree awards which could be counted upon - think Dearnley, Birch, Jackson, Thurlow, Massey et al, who all got Lambeth DMus degrees, but although Durham gave James Lancelot a DMus in his final couple of years, just some new-spun medal from Welby, which, to me doesn't cut the mustard. FRCO at 16 and Organist etc at Durham for a huge period of loyal and devoted service with notable milestones prior. Not good enough, I feel. How long d
  27. Nice to see that Forwoods is still going!.. When I was at school in Canterbury, I spent many hours in Forwoods, browsing LPs and music, and having chats with Mr Forwood about Hi-Fi. I remember that the record player in the shop had a Burne-Jones pickup arm which had a pivoted head to reduce end-of-side distortion - I've never seen another. Paul
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