Christopher Dearnley

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Christopher Hugh Dearnley LVO (11 February 1930 – 15 December 2000) was an English cathedral organist, who served in Salisbury Cathedral and St Paul's Cathedral.[1]


Christopher Hugh Dearnley was born on 11 February 1930 in Wolverhampton. He was educated at Cranleigh School.

He was organ scholar at Worcester College, Oxford 1948 - 1952.

Whilst organist at St Paul's he would greatly amuse the choristers by turning up for choir practice in his plus fours which he would also wear whilst cycling around the City of London early in the mornings doing a (presumably one of his children's) paper round. On his retirement, he was appointed LVO in the 1990 Queen's Birthday Honours list.

He died in Australia on 15 December 2000.[2]


Assistant organist of:

Organist of:

Cultural offices
Preceded by
Douglas Guest
Organist and Master of the Choristers of Salisbury Cathedral
Succeeded by
Richard Seal
Preceded by
John Dykes Bower
Organist and Master of the Choristers of St Paul's Cathedral
Succeeded by
John Scott


  1. ^ The Succession of Organists. Watkins Shaw.
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