In late summer of 2009, I was talking with the organist at St Andrew’s Leytonstone. I mentioned that I wanted to write more church music, but that I realised that many parish churches in England don’t have large choirs and so in order to write effectively for existing resources I would probably need to learn more about the organ.
One thing led to another, and to another, and soon not only was I learning to play the organ, but I was directing the choir in our carol concert, helping choose some of the hymns, and even playing for a service here and there. I’ve been loving the work, and learning a lot.
Earlier this year, the organist asked if I’d be willing to take over his position. I said yes, and had a chat with the vicar, who is happy to employ me. In September I will be officially taking over as organist and choirmaster. This was announced to the choir on Easter Sunday, which means I’m now free to blog about it.
I’m looking forward to it, and also feeling some apprehension. I still have an awful lot to learn, and five months doesn’t seem like a long time to learn it.