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October 2nd 2017 is Dr. Francis Jackson's 100th birthday. His contribution to the organ as a performer and composer is enormous. I have many fond memories of performances during his tenure at York and I send him my very good wishes. 

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At the risk of posting a couple of hours in advance, happy birthday Dr Jackson!  I am so pleased to hear that you've made your century, and I'm sure that's something felt by many many other people who admire you and your achievements.

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There were pictures of Francis on Facebook yesterday attending a special Evensong of his music at York, entering through a guard of honour of ex-choristers and looking  a good deal less than 100.  So many people, myself included, have been the recipients of his kindness and have been inspired by him.  I wish him a very happy birthday.

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7 hours ago, John Robinson said:

At the risk of posting a couple of hours in advance, happy birthday Dr Jackson!  I am so pleased to hear that you've made your century, and I'm sure that's something felt by many many other people who admire you and your achievements.

Yes - apologies for that - but I'm an hour in front of you!!!

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At Bristol Cathedral on Sunday 1st October the music of FJ very much dominated the service and understandably so:

Before the service: Adagio, Sonata No.1 in G, op. 35

Gospel fanfare: Fanfare, op.18

Communion Setting: Communion Service in G

During Communion: Prelude on 'East Acklam', op. 60 No.4

Communion Music: 'For The Fruits Of His Creation' (Tune: East Acklam)

Voluntary: Allegro deciso, Sonata No.1 in G, op.35

For Choral Evensong that afternoon the voluntary at the end was Moderato (Sonata no.1 in G minor)

I was unfamiliar with most, if not all, of that music and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing it.

On 10/2/2017 at 01:18, David Drinkell said:

There were pictures of Francis on Facebook yesterday attending a special Evensong of his music at York, entering through a guard of honour of ex-choristers and looking  a good deal less than 100.  So many people, myself included, have been the recipients of his kindness and have been inspired by him.  I wish him a very happy birthday.

A guard of honour well deserved! Just gone on York Minster's FB page but couldn't find anything. Do you have a link?

Dave

 

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I'm not on Facebook - I would waste too much time on it if I were - but my wife is and there's a group called the Francis Jackson Appreciation Society and the pictures appeared there.  There are some more today, including a picture of a four manual birthday cake and Francis (looking a good deal less than 100) surrounded by his family.

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