St James's Church, Hampton Hill

New organist is a familiar face - 2015 March

Mark Blackwell

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We welcome our new organist, Mark Blackwell, who has often deputised at St. James’s and has now joined us as our regular organist. Mark is an accountant with his own business in Whitton High Street. He is married, with three adult daughters, and has lived in Whitton all his life. Mark has been a church organist from the age of 15, having been introduced to the instrument by our former organist Geoffrey Bowyer.

Mark writes:
“How do I condense nearly 40 years as a parish organist into a short article? Whilst being a practising Anglican, I have also held organist and choirmaster posts with other denominations, which has enhanced my musical repertoire and experience. My background is traditionalist but I do play and encourage good contemporary music which supports the liturgy and worship. I have run a number of choirs in the past, and for the last three years have run a choir of choristers from various churches (including some from St James’s) and their friends. This choir has sung at Winchester and other cathedrals, with plans for more in the future.

I am very much looking forward to being your organist and working with your clergy and choir in this important role and welcome any comments or suggestions you may have regarding the music.”

Source: The Spire Magazine - 2015 March

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The Parish Church of St James, Hampton Hill, TW12 1DQ
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