Working for the Organist

The first “High Mass [the young Stephenson] attended at St. Bart’s [an Anglo-Catholic parish in Brighton] was Easter Day … We did not have to wait long before things started to happen, for … a rotund man wearing a cassock and cotta … walked solemnly down the aisle bowing graciously on either side to those with whom he was acquainted.  I discovered that this was Mr. Madle the organist who was responsible for the musical tradition of St. Bart’s.  When Cyril Tomkinson became the vicar he was apt to say to people: ‘I help a little at Mr. Madle’s church.’”  (Colin Stephenson, Merrily on High [New York: Morehouse-Barlow Co., 1973], 26).

[The Nave of St. Bartholomew’s Church, Brighton]

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