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AN organist with almost 50 years’ experience will perform at Morpeth Methodist Church.

David Jones, who was educated at Lancaster Royal Grammar School and Liverpool University, started learning the piano at the age of four, but during his time at Lancaster he discovered the delights of the church organ, first taking lessons from a local teacher and later from Gordon Phillips of London.

After ten years working in market research, he decided to make music his full-time occupation and since 1974 has worked as a teacher, initially of piano and subsequently also flute and singing. He also works as a tuner and repairer of pianos and organs.

Since 1976 he has been organist at Morland parish church in Cumbria, along with his wife Jenny, and the couple have inspired several well-supported summer schools, one of which has run for more than 40 years.

Next year Mr Jones will celebrate 50 years as a church organist.

His Morpeth programme will include Jig fugue, Prelude and fugue in G minor by Buxtehude, Voluntary in A minor by John Robinson and Impromptu No III by Samuel Coleridge Taylor, among other works.

The free recital takes place tomorrow at 12.30pm.