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The organs and organists of St Mary's

A history by the Honorary Archivists of St. Mary's Church, Andrew Abbott and John Whittle, with a foreword by Sir David Lumsden (a former organist and Choirmaster).

A fascinating account of the story of the various organs and organists over four hundred years. The research for the book has drawn upon the original sources of information as far as possible to present an accurate record of the instruments and the musicians. It includes for the first time many rare and previously unpublished drawings, photographs and contemporary evidence to support previous accounts.

The Marcussen instrument (1973) in the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Lace

The Marcussen instrument (1973) in the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Lace Market, Nottingham

This is as comprehensive a history as one could wish to have. The acknowledgements reveal the amount of work that goes into a book which is as comprehensively researched and conscientiously produced as this one is.

Dominic Gwynn, Organists’ Review November 1993.

The contents include organs and repairs by Dallam, Swabrick, Snetzler, Rouse, Buckingham, Lloyd & Dudgeon, Bishop & Starr, J W Walker & Sons, Yates, Grant Degens & Bradbeer and Marcussen and Son. There are biographies of eighteen organists from 1705 to the present day, and a transcription of the desperate attempt of a local man to be appointed organist on two separate occasions in the 1830's against the preference of the Vicar.

Paperback First Edition 1993. 120 pages, 53 illustrations, fully referenced, format 148×210 mm. ISBN 0 9521157 0 0

The book is available by post only from the Rylands Press, 60 Meadow Road, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 1JT
Price £3.95 + p&p (90p UK, £1.60 EEC, £2.20 non-EEC)
Cheques payable in £ sterling to Rylands Press



Principal 8
Rørfløjte 8
Oktav 4
Spidsfløjte 4
Nasat 2 2/3
Oktav 2
Ters 1 3/5
Mixtur VI-VIII
Trompet 8


Gedakt 8
Spidsgamba 8
Principal 4
Kobbelfløjte 4
Gemshorn 2
Quint 1 1/3
Scharf V-VI
Krumhorn 16
Vox Humana 8


Subbas 16
Oktav 8
Gedakt 8
Oktav 4
Mixtur VI
Fagot 16
Trompet 8



Brystvaerk with swell doors


Thomas Rathbone (d.1712) 1704-1712

William Lamb (d.1755) 1712-1755

Samuel Wise (c.1730-1802) 1756-1802

Formerly Organist of St. Mary Magdalene, Newark and Southwell Minster

John Pearson (c.1754-1832). 1802-

Organist until at least 1818

John Pearson (c.1790-1831) 1831

Date of appointment unknown but before 1825

William Aspull (1798-1875) 1831-1836

Charles C Noble (1812-1885) 1836-1867

Formerly Organist of St. Martin's Church, Stamford. Latterly Organist of St. Ann's Church, Nottingham

James Arthur Page FRCO (1846-1916) 1867-1904

William Frederick Dunnill FRCO ARCM (1880-1936) 1904-1914

Formerly Organist of Christ Church, Surbiton and St. Luke's Church, Bromley, Latterly Organist of Birmingham Cathedral

Frank Radcliffe MusDoc FRCO (1883-1922) 1914-1922

Formerly Assistant Organist of Manchester Cathedral and Organist of St. Wulfram's Church, Grantham

Vernon Sydney Read ARCM FRCO (d.1980) 1922-1928

Formerly Organist of Holy Trinity Church, Lenton. Latterly Organist of St. John's Church, Torquay

Henry Oswald Hodgson FRCO (1886-1975) 1928-1954

David James Lumsden MA DPhil BMus HonFRCO (b.1928) 1954-1956

Formerly Assistant Organist of St. John's College, Cambridge. Latterly Organist of Southwell Minster and New College, Oxford

Russell Arthur Missin ThD FRCO(CHM) ADCM LTCL (b.1922) 1957-1967

Formerly Assistant Organist of Ely Cathedral and Organist of St. Mary's Church, Thetford, Holbeach Parish Church and Oakham Parish Church. Latterly Organist of Newcastle Cathedral

David Sheeran Butterworth MA MusB FRCO(CHM) (b.1946) 1967-1983

Latterly Organist of St. Mary's Church, Clifton, Nottingham

John Anthony Keys MA LRAM ARCM ARCO (b.1956) 1984-

Formerly Assistant Organist of Chester Cathedral and Holy Trinity Church, Geneva and Organist titulaire Eglise de St. Jean, Geneva

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