Bourne Abbey Church

Meet the Organists

AT THE ORGAN...

KAITLYN HALLAS,  Organ Scholar

Kaitlyn, a student at Bourne Grammar School was appointed Organ Scholar in 2019.

JOHN SAUNDERS  Director of Music

Now retired from a career in manufacturing industry and teaching, John has been Director of Music at the Abbey from 1984-87 and again from 2006. After singing as a chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral, where he started his organ studies, he has held a number of Organist and Choirmaster’s posts in the Home Counties, and more recently at All Saints’ and St. Mary’s churches in Stamford. He has been a Lay Clerk of Peterborough Cathedral, and has frequently sung at Southwell Minster.

 

Director of Music

John Saunders, Mellstock, Bourne Road, Essendine 01780 480479

e-mail:  jclementsaunders@gmail.com

 

John Saunders at organ

c 1864 - c 1870     Shadrac Frost  **

c 1874                    W. Porter  **

c 1876 - c 1878    James Price  **

1883                      Mr. Ruddell  **

1884 -                    Alfred Gregory  **

c 1892 - 1894        J. N. Wolstencroft  **

1894 - 1927           W. R. Leary

1927 - 1930           L. Jones

1930 - 1932           H. R. Holmes

1932-1936             Mr. Hand  **

Organists over the years...

1936 - 1940           Albert Hill

1940                       B. N. Owen  **

1940 - 1941            B. W. Moss

1941 - 1943            N. Gwent  **

1943 - 1946            R. Woodham

1947                        R. Jarvis

1947 - 1948            R. Woodham

1948 - 1949            R. Healey

1950 - 1970            R. Woodham

1970                        A. Mason

1971 - 1972             C. W. Stout

1972 - 1973            H. E. Ruston

1973 - 1977            Ian Aiken

1977 - 1981            Michael Kee

1981 - 1984            Robert Gilman

1984 - 1987           John Saunders

1987 - 2006          Philip Spratley

2006 -                   John Saunders

Bourne Abbey Organ

Pre-1973 information is adapted from "The Organs of Bourne Abbey 1834 - 1977" by Ian Aiken, and subsequent research by John Riley. Dates marked ** are uncertain.