Music at St John's

Music to honour the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

John Woodhouse the organist of St John the Evangelist, Clareville Road, Caterham Valley will be marking the Queen's 70 year reign throughout 2022 starting in February. On February 13 he will play Fanfares by Francis Jackson who died this year aged 104 and was organist of York Minster. Crown Imperial by Sir William Walton will be the closing voluntary. This was written for the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth the Queen mother. 

On the 20th Royal Fanfares by Sir Arthur Bliss and the Queen's procession by Sir William Harris will be played. These were composed for the wedding of HRH Princess Margaret in 1960. Sir William Harris known as The Doc taught Princess Elizabeth and Princes Margaret the piano and they would join the boys of St George's chapel Windsor to sing madrigals during World War II. John met Sir Arhur Bliss at the Proms and told him these fanfares were played at his wedding. "Well done old chap" was the reply. The series ends on the 27th with Impromptu composed by Francis Jackson for the birthday of Sir Edward Bairstow  and Marche heroique by Sir Herbert Brewer.

The services are at 10 a.m. on Sundays and are live streamed on Facebook

The church has a fine 3 manual Walker organ installed in 1883 and a small choir and we always welcome singers. Have you thought about learning to play the organ? John Woodhouse would be delighted to hear from you.

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Music in January and February 2018