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Dennis Townhill

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Name  Dennis Townhill

Role  Music master
Died  July 2008, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Books  The Imp and the Thistle: The Story of a Life in Music Making

BBC Choral Evensong: St Mary's Cathedral Edinburgh 1970 (Dennis Townhill)

Dennis William Townhill OBE (29 May 1925 – 18 July 2008) was an English organist and composer.

Born in Lincoln, he was educated at Lincoln School and studied under Dr Gordon Archbold Slater at Lincoln Cathedral.

Townhill composed a set of responses for use at Anglican evensong.

In 1970, Townhill became the driving force of a plan not only to safeguard the future of the Choir School of St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh but to transform it into a new and vibrant entity. In 1972, the school was expanded into a specialist music school on the lines of the Yehudi Menuhin School, with Lord Menuhin becoming patron and referring to it as "my younger sister-school in Scotland".

He was organist and choir master at:

  • St Paul's Church, Burton on Trent. 1942–1943
  • St. Mary le Wigford’s Church, Lincoln 1943–1947
  • St. Mary Magdalene, Bailgate, Lincoln, Lincoln 1947–1949
  • St James Church, Louth 1949–1956
  • Grimsby Parish Church 1956–1961
  • St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh 1961–1991
  • He retired in 1991.


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