Thursday, 25 January 2018

John Wellingham Talk & Organ Recital St John's Church Bridgetown Totnes Wednesay 14 March 2018 A Message from Carolyn Stilwell

St John's Church
Bridgetown, Totnes

John Wellingham is giving a talk and recital at St John's Church, Bridgetown , Totnes on Wednesday 14 March at 7 p.m.

He is going to talk about three Totnes organs; the Father Willis organ at St Mary's Church , Totnes, the organ that was lost in the fire at St John's and the present organ, built by William Drake, which he will play.

John has been a major influence on British organ students. He is now in his eighties, and still active as an inspirational organ teacher at Oxford and Cambridge universities . He studied at Dartington College when Imogen Holst (later with John Clements) ran the music department.

He taught piano, organ and recorder at Eton and was a counter-tenor lay clerk in the Chapel Choir before leaving to study organ , harpsichord, viola da gamba, Gregorian chant and Lutheran chorales at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland.

In 1974 He founded the Loosemore Centre for Organ and Early Music in Buckfastleigh, the first early music centre in Great Britain. It closed in the early 1990s, but the organ building workshop remains open.

There will be a small charge for the talk, which is one of a series of talks the church have arranged to promote the history and heritage of St John's,and in aid of the St John's Church fund to renovate the church windows.

John Wellingham
John Wellingham
St John's Bridgetown Totnes
Wednesday 14 March 7pm
The Father Willis at St Mary's
The St Johns organ lost in the fire
& the present William Drake
(on which John will play a recital)
There will be a small charge to attend
Proceeds to the Church Windows Fund

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