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Malcolm Kemp

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Here is a copy and paste from the current York Minster website:



John Scott Whiteley, Organist at York Minster, to Leave the Minster in September

Published: on 9th April 2010 by Kendal Mosley-Chalk in Minster News


news384.jpgThe Organist of York Minster, John Scott Whiteley, has announced that in September 2010, after thirty five years of service, he will leave his post at the Minster in order to pursue his freelance career.


John joined the Minster in 1975 as an Assistant Organist to Dr Francis Jackson, but for the last nine years has held the title of Organist. He worked for many years with the former Master of the Music, Philip Moore, and more recently with the Director of Music, Robert Sharpe. As a recitalist, John has performed throughout the world, undertaking frequent tours to Europe, the USA and Australia. He has composed a number of works and made numerous recordings, including the BBC2 series “21st Century Bach.”


A farewell concert will be arranged to commemorate John’s career, at which the Dean of York, the Very Reverend Keith Jones, will present John with title Organist Emeritus in recognition of his many years service to the Minster. Further details of the event will be announced shortly.


The Dean said “John Scott Whiteley is a marvellous artist on the organ, and his many performances and recordings on the organ at the Minster have over the years won him innumerable admirers. Between 2001 and 2008 he was Director of Girl Choristers and he has been a distinguished ambassador for the Minster both nationally and internationally. We will be pleased to have the opportunity to recognise John’s contribution at a farewell concert, and wish John and his wife Hilary a long and happy retirement.”

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