Bourne Abbey Church

Meet the Organists

AT THE ORGAN...

PETER PAGE  Deputy Organist

A retired management consultant, Peter is a self-taught pianist and organist who has held a number of organist and choirmaster posts over the years, in the London area and in Sussex. He has been a Director and a Trustee of the Incorporated Association of Organists. Peter was organist of Helpringham for eight years, during which he supervised the restoration of the historic grade 2* organ, before coming to the Abbey six years ago, latterly as Deputy Organist.

 

STANLEY GODFREY  Organ Scholar and Assistant Organist

Stanley is a student at Bourne Grammar School during the week, and studies piano at Birmingham Conservatoire on Saturdays. He has been in the Abbey choir for seven years, Organ Scholar for three years, being appointed Assistant Organist in January 2016.

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-mai:  jclementsaunders@gmail.com

 

Deputy Organist

Peter Page, 48 Grosvenor Avenue, Bourne PE10 9HU 01778 393031

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.