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Jonathan bows out; Music.

IT SHOULD be quite an occasion. For when the choir from Wakefield Cathedral Choir sings in Lindley next month it will be marking a career milestone for one of the area's best known musicians.

The choir will sing Choral Evenson at St Stephen's Church in Lindley on Sunday, February 7, at 4pm.

It will be the choir's last trip out of Wakefield before the retirement of Cathedral Organist, Jonathan Bielby.

Jonathan is the longest-serving cathedral organist in the country and will have completed 40 years at Wakefield when he retires at Easter.

He is a welcome visitor to Huddersfield where he has close musical connections and has played regularly.

Jonathan was the first Borough Organist of Kirklees, a job he held for more than 14 years.

During that time he gave regular recitals on the Father Willis organ in Huddersfield Town Hall and masterminded its highly successful rebuild.

In recognition of his work for the cause of church music over many years, Jonathan was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Guild of Church Musicians.

Two years ago his achievements were further recognised when he was awarded Fellowship of the Royal School of Church Music.

The cathedral choir is renowned for its singing, not just in the region but more widely through BBC broadcasts, CD recordings, concerts (including Huddersfield Town Hall) and tours in this country and abroad.

They will be performing music old and new -including Howells famous Collegium Regale setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis written for Kings College Cambridge and Rejoice in the Lord Always by the popular York-based composer Andrew Carter.

All are at the event.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
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Date:Jan 22, 2010
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