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.
“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