Edward holds the fort

Our Director of Music, Christopher Rathbone, will have a spring in his step when he boards the plane for Australia for a family holiday with his wife Isobel next week. 'Not for the first time I'll have peace of mind because I'm leaving all musical responsibilities in the capable care of my long-time friend Edward Scott, who for over 25 years taught at Ermysted's School at Skipton,' he explained.

'Since he retired he has become a well-known and much-respected stand-in organist in the North and West Riding, deputising for holidaying or sick absentees. Edward is of course very reliable, and we even appear together once a year at the Advent Procession. He will deputise for me for three weekends from January 20 -- including my usual monthly recital.

'Young Richard Hilton did a great job a fortnight ago when I was away for a few days and he also performed excellently last year in my absence. Edward of course has done two ‘inter regnums’ at St Margaret’s, so he knows the ropes. And Richard is completely au fait with the liturgy, not surprisingly as he’s usually in the midst of it, wielding a thurible!

' So I am very blest, even if I can’t call on Anthony Gray these days  because of his heavy duties as organ scholar at Southwell Minster, Lincoln.'