Organists may be inspired to know that an old friend in York wrote over Christmas to say that Francis Jackson (ex York Minster) is still playing the organ at the age of 104. What an achievement!
Posted 29 December 2021 - 13:19
Yes , he is still often mentioned on some of the Facebook 'organ' threads (there are a few) . A great man. Sadly last year was not good as several prominent organists passed away, including Noel Rawsthorne, who lived a couple of miles away from here on the Wirral, and was at Liverpool Cathedral for many years. I cant think of them all now, another was Peter Hurford
Posted 11 January 2022 - 15:34
I am sorry to hear that Dr Francis Jackson has passed away. I am sure there will some further info in obituaries tomorrow
Posted 14 January 2022 - 00:16
So sad, even if inevitable. It's the end of an era. Church music has lost one of its greats, but what a legacy he leaves!
Posted 14 January 2022 - 12:11
It's extraordinary to think that Francis Jackson was taught by Sir Edward Bairstow - a direct link with Victorian times.
Posted 17 January 2022 - 19:23
I sang some cathedral services with a delightful gentleman who, despite his age was pin-sharp accurate at pitching, but diminished in volume.
He was head chorister under Bairstow, ended up as a choral scholar at Kings and eventually was headmaster at St Paul's choir school! Long since risen to glory now.