Kenneth Beard

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Kenneth Bernard Beard MA(Cantab) BA(Hons) FRCO(CHM) (9 June 1927, Royton, Lancashire – 9 July 2010[1]) was an English Cathedral Organist.


He attended Kingswood School, Bath,[2] and studied at the University of Manchester and the Royal Manchester College of Music from 1946 to 1949.[3]

After Manchester, he was organ scholar of Emmanuel College, Cambridge,

He was also made a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists in 1949, and gained a Choirmaster diploma in 1954.


He was:

During his time in Tenbury, he commissioned the anthem “Antiphon” from Benjamin Britten and conducted the first performance on 29 September 1956 in the presence of the composer.[5]

At Southwell he was not only the organist of the Minster, but also head of Music of Southwell Minster School.

He was awarded the Cross of St Augustine by Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, in 2008 in recognition of his service to church music.[6]

Cultural offices
Preceded by
Maxwell Menzies
Organist of St. Michael's College, Tenbury
Succeeded by
Lucian Nethsingha
Preceded by
David Lumsden
Rector Chori of Southwell Minster
Succeeded by
Paul Hale


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  2. ^ The succession of organists of the Chapel Royal and the cathedrals of England and Wales from c. 1538, Watkins Shaw, Clarendon Press, 1991
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  4. ^ St. Michael’s College Society Magazine, September 2008.
  5. ^ Letters from a Life: The Selected Letters of Benjamin Britten, 1913-1976. Philip Reed, Mervyn Cooke, Donald Mitchell, Boydell Press, 2008
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