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Lunchtime Concert – John Dunford Organ Concert
14th October 2019 @ 12:30 - 14:00Free – £5.00
Monday 14 October 12.30pm
St James’ Church, Church Street, Wetherby LS22 6LP
John Dunford will perform some of the great music of the baroque. He will include the music of Bach, Buxtehude and Bruhns. In particular, expect to hear Bach’s great Toccata and Fugue in D minor. This is a great opportunity to hear an outstanding musician.
Food served from 12.30pm, music from 1pm.
John Dunford began his musical training as a treble in Birmingham Parish Church Choir. It was here that the 4 manual Compton organ that was to inspire him to take, firstly, piano lessons and then organ lessons. He trained at Trinity College of Music studying organ, singing, piano, harpsichord and conducting where he won the Choral Conducting prize and became Senior Student of the college.
John has taught in four independent schools as Director of Music in a career spanning 37 years, 23 spent at Ashville College in Harrogate. He retired from full-time teaching in 2017 but continues as a peripatetic singing and piano teacher at Cundall Manor School. This has enabled him to get back to some regular organ practice aided by the purchase of a 3 manual Viscount organ for his home and to give organ recitals.
John is the longest serving conductor of both the 170 strong Ripon Choral Society and the 120 strong Wetherby Choral Society (22 and 26 years respectively) with many acclaimed performances over the years and is in demand running choral workshops and ‘come and sing’ events. He is a professional tenor, baritone and even countertenor soloist performing with Choral Societies in the Yorkshire area.
John’s professional music making as an organist has involved him in performances at some 22 Cathedrals in England and on the Continent, fulfilling an ambition by playing for a service at York Minster ten years ago. He has held a number of posts as organist including Director of Music at Sheffield Cathedral and has accompanied services for the BBC World Service and has appeared several times for both BBC and ITV for televised services.
Five concerts for the price of three – buy a Lunchtime Season Ticket for £15.