St Bride's Service - Francis Jackson

Duration: 7'30"
Ensemble: SATB organ
Grading: Difficult
CMP225 Full score £4.00

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Francis Jackson and I go back to the heady days of York Minster. I had sat with him at the console, and our paths crossed quite often as he was Organ Adviser for the Walker at Ampleforth Abbey where I was the voicing assistant on the tonal finishing with Dennis Thurlow, and again at Carlisle Cathedral where Francis gave the opening recital.

So with my musical commitment to St Brides Fleet Street, looking after and maintaining the wonderful Compton organ, and also as a member of the Guild of St Bride, it was for me a simple reason to tie the loose ends together. And so the Evening Service Jackson in E Flat was born, that being my favourite key.

Whilst not being easy it gives professional choirs a chance to let off steam, with the solo trumpet parts written for the recently added St Bride's fanfare trumpet.

This is a worthy addition to the repertoire in Francis's 100th year*.

Keith Bance

*And actually published on his 100th birthday, 2nd October 2017