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 I 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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