John Dykes Bower

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Sir John Dykes Bower CVO (13 August 1905 – 1981) was an English cathedral organist, who served in Truro Cathedral, Durham Cathedral and St Paul's Cathedral.[1]


John Dykes Bower was born on 13 August 1905 in Gloucester. He was one of four brothers. Stephen Dykes Bower became a famous church architect.

He was educated at Cheltenham College and studied organ under Herbert Brewer, and was organ scholar at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge from 1922.


He was organist of:

Cultural offices
Preceded by
Hubert Stanley Middleton
Organist and Master of the Choristers of Truro Cathedral
Succeeded by
Guillaume Ormond
Preceded by
William Henry Harris
Organist and Master of the Choristers of New College, Oxford
Succeeded by
Sydney Watson
Preceded by
Arnold D. Culley
Organist and Master of the Choristers of Durham Cathedral
Succeeded by
Conrad William Eden
Preceded by
Stanley Marchant
Organist and Master of the Choristers of St Paul's Cathedral
Succeeded by
Christopher Hugh Dearnley


  1. ^ The Succession of Organists. Watkins Shaw
  2. ^ Scholes, Percy A. (1970) The Oxford Companion to Music, 10th ed. London: Oxford U. P.; p. 123b