I've been Director of Music here at St. Mary's since 2016 and am really enjoying the work. I've been playing the organ and working with choirs since I was 10. I love the Pendle area for walking, cycling and mountain biking.

Author Archives: David Thornton

William Byrd – 400th anniversary

  On Sunday 9th July St. Mary’s choir will be singing William Byrd’s well know motet  ‘Ave Verum Corpus’ Byrd died on the 4th July 1623 so we celebrate his 400th anniversary. He is considered to be England’s most important Renaissance composer.Thought to have been born about 1540, little is known about his childhood although…

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Organ Recitals Cancelled

Due to the current circumstances, the planned Tuesday lunchtime organ recitals for April, May and June have been cancelled. At present I am leaving the July recital to go ahead as planned, depending of course on how things progress in the meantime. Thanking all regular attendees for their continued support. David Thornton…

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Organ Recital, Tuesday 4th February 1.00 pm, by David Thornton

Fanfare & Fidelis, from ‘Four Extemporisations’, by Percy Whitlock (1903 – 1946) Passacaglia & Fugue in C Minor BWV 582, by J. S. Bach (1685 – 1750) Élégie, from ’24 Pièce en style libre’  Final, from ’1ère Symphonie’, by Louis Vierne (1870 – 1937)                                                 …

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Organ Recital, Tuesday 3rd December 1.00 pm, by David Thornton

Suite Du Deuxieme Ton                    Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (1676  – 1749) Plein Jeu Duo Trio Basse de Cromorne Flûtes Récit de Nazard Caprice sur les Grand Jeux Grande Pièce Symphonique                                    César Franck (1822 – 1890) Andante serioso Allegro non troppo et maestoso Andante Allegro Andante Andante serioso Allegro  …

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