Barry Oakley Posted April 9, 2010 Share Posted April 9, 2010 No sooner have we learned of the death of Stanley Vann when yet another eminent organist takes leave of this life. Peter Goodman, Mus.B., FRCO, ARCM, the former City Organist of Hull, died at his Puerto Rey home, Spain, on Wednesday. 7th April. He was 88 and had been diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. Born in Bexley Heath, he became perhaps the youngest person to play the BBC organ when he appeared on BBC Children’s’ Hour with Uncle Mac. At the time he was a boy chorister at New College, Oxford. He later went on to become an organ scholar at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. Most notable amongst his tutors were (Sir) Harold Darke and (Sir) George Thalben Ball. For a time he was an assistant organist at Kings College Chapel, Cambridge. Peter arrived in Hull during the early 1950’s at the age of 29 to become Organist and Master of Choristers at Holy Trinity Parish Church, inheriting a choir acknowledged to be of cathedral standard and the UK’s largest parish church organ. He had previously held a similar post at Guildford Pro Cathedral. Later during the 1950’s he was appointed City Organist on the death of Norman Strafford, his predecessor at Holy Trinity and also architect of the rebuilt City Hall organ by Compton. It was a post he held for around 35 years, giving regular recitals, and becoming at the time the longest serving civic organist. I was privileged to be his console assistant when he gave his last major public recital in the UK on the organ of Leeds Town Hall. Peter Goodman made many radio broadcasts and was a leading figure in musical circles in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire. He resurrected the Hull Bach Choir and was closely associated with Hull Choral Union. All Peter’s children who survive him, Wendy (cello), Jennifer (clarinet), Malcolm (French horn) and Roy, the well-known conductor, all followed their parents by studying at the Royal College of Music. Peter was a warm, generous and friendly man, much admired and esteemed by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed by his family and by his many friends here in the UK and Spain. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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