Organist has the chemistry

THE fifth organ recital in the 2012 series at Morpeth Methodist Church tomorrow (Friday) will be performed by Brian Varley.

Born in Newcastle in 1944, Mr Varley began playing the organ at the age of 14 under Jack Wolstenholme at Newcastle Royal Grammar School, followed by four years of lessons with John Webster, University Organist, while a chemistry student at Oxford.

He was privileged to spend two years in Hamburg, working with Professor Rose Kirn, and seven years playing the organ regularly in Southwell Minster. He became Organist and Choirmaster of St Andrew’s (South Church) Bishop Auckland in 1989, the largest parish church in County Durham.

Having kept up his organ practice throughout a busy business career, Mr Varley again took up serious organ study in 2000 as a pupil of James Lancelot (Durham Cathedral) and was awarded the high-level ARCO qualification in 2003. Recent recitals have included a performance at Newcastle Cathedral.

He also directs a chamber choir, the Andreas Ensemble, which specialises in cathedral music and draws its members from a wide area and different church denominations.

The recital will start at 12.30pm. Admission is free with light refreshments afterwards.

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