Jonathan Bielby

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Jonathan Bielby (born 1944 in Oxford[1]) is an English cathedral organist. In 2010 he retired from Wakefield Cathedral after an exceptionally long incumbency, which had lasted more than forty years.

Life[edit]

Bielby was born towards the end of the war in Oxford, England, the son of Leonard Bielby and Helen Joyce Bielby (born Grubb): his mother was the daughter of a Methodist minister at Knutsford and Haworth in Yorkshire.[2] His musical education included, between 1963 and 1967, a stint as the organ scholar at St John's College, Cambridge, then under the musical direction of George Guest.[3]

He took up his post as Organist and Director of Music at Wakefield in 1970.[4] Bielby oversaw the rebuild of the Willis organ in Huddersfield Town Hall and of the massive Compton organ in Wakefield Cathedral itself.[4]

In addition to his work as organist and choir director, he has composed a significant body of church and organ music.[4]

Awards and honours[edit]

In 2011 he was awarded an MBE,[5] an honour conferred by the British state (formally by the British monarch).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Index entry for Jonathan Bielby, birth registered Oxford Q4, 1944". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  2. ^ Darryl Lundy. "Jonathan Bielby was born in 1944 ..." The Peerage: A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe. p. 61841. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Former Organ Scholar appointed MBE". St John's College, Cambridge. 14 June 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Val Javin (6 November 2009). "Music: Farewell to organist Jonathan Bielby". The Huddersfield Daily Examiner. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Jonathan Bielby awarded MBE". Diocese of West Yorkshire, Wakefield. 21 June 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2015.