John Keys (organist)

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John Keys

John Keys (born 3 December 1956) is a British and international organist.


Keys was appointed Director of Music at St. Mary's Church, Nottingham, in 1984. That year, he won First Prize at the 4th Manchester International Organ Competition.[1] He is also the University of Nottingham's organist.

In 2014, Keys completed recordings of all 941 tracks in the new "Ancient & Modern" hymn book.[2][better source needed] Also in 2014, an extract of Keys' recording of "Abide With Me" was used in a BBC Radio Berkshire programme on "How the Church Responded to War", as part of the BBC "World War One at Home" series. In 2015, some of Keys' recordings were used in a short service at the end of a trip down the Thames by the ship Havengore, as part of the 50th anniversary commemorations of the death of Winston Churchill.[3]

Keys is an Honorary Fellow of the Guild of Church Musicians.[4] In 2012, he was nominated for Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Binns organ in the Albert Hall, Nottingham.[5] In 2016, Keys was appointed Nottingham City Organist.[6]


  1. ^ "Luther College to host organ scholar John Keys Sept. 13". 2 September 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Ancient & Modern: Organ Accompaniments". Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  3. ^ "ORDER OF SERVICE" (PDF). 30 January 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Guild of Church Musicians". Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  5. ^ "The Binns Organ Trust". Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  6. ^ "John Keys Appointed Nottingham City Organist". 30 May 2016. Retrieved 28 September 2018.

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