Chris Jones – Organ Scholar, Bristol Cathedral!Published on 31st August, 2015
At a special
Benefice Evensong held in All Saints’ Church, Rhiwbina,
on Sunday, 30th August,
we wished Chris goodbye, ( ‘God-be-wi’-ye’) good luck, and God speed
as he leaves us to take up his new post.
Rector John Rowlands spoke for us all when he thanked Chris
for his dedicated and unstinting work in the service of church music.
Chris remains the quiet, modest but hugely talented young man
who arrived in Whitchurch two and a half years ago, but
his musical gifts have made an enormous contribution to
the worship of the Benefice churches.
Team Vicar, the Rev’d Peter Mortimer, took
St Matthew, chapter 5, verses 3 – 16 ,
part of the
‘Sermon on the Mount’
as the text for his address.
As he ‘unwrapped’ the Beatitudes ( the ‘ beautiful attitudes’ ) for us,
we realised just how many of those ‘attitudes’ Chris had exemplified as he went
conscientiously and unassumingly about his duties as organist and choirmaster.
We shall miss him dreadfully, but are delighted that
his talent has won the recognition it deserves,
in the shape of a scholarship
enabling him to continue his studies with
Mark Lee, Organist of Bristol Cathedral.
Before the service, Chris gave an authoritative performance of
Bach’s St Anne Fugue ( BWV 552 ) , which he followed up with the quieter
Clair de Lune ( Op.53 ) by Louis Vierne.
For the closing Voluntary he returned to the works of J.S.Bach, playing the
1st Movement of the A minor Organ Concerto ( BWV 593 ).
Chris with the Choir and Clergy at his farewell Evensong.
The choir, conducted on this occasion by
organist and choirmaster of St Mary’s,
sang a setting of the
Responses by Lindsay Gray;
and gave a quietly meditative performance of
Thomas Campion’s inspired devotional poem
‘View me, Lord’,
set to music by Richard Lloyd.
Christopher Jones is a freelance organist in South Wales and the West of England.
Alongside his work as an independent accompanist, he held the post of
Organist and Choirmaster at All Saints’ Church, Rhiwbina.
Christopher is currently organist to the Majestas Chamber Choir
with whom he recently recorded a CD:
‘ “Were you there? ” – Music for Passiontide ’
for which he played the new organ of
He is organist to the Bristol-based
and has also held the post of organist to
St Michael’s Theological College, Llandaff.
Born in Neath, Christopher studied music at
Bachelor’s and Master’s Levels at Cardiff University,
graduating in 2013.
He is already employed as Verger at Bristol Cathedral.