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Organist Ronald Stalford to
Perform on Sunday, Nov. 19

Posted November 14, 2000

HOLLAND -- Organist Ronald Stalford will present a recital at Hope College on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 3 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

The program will feature music by Leo Sowerby (1895-1968) and Francis Jackson (1917-).

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Stalford is recently retired as organist and choirmaster of All Saints Church in Worcester, Mass., where since 1979 he had directed the Choir of Men and Boys, and the Saint Cecilia Choir of Girls. Founded in 1868 and 1878 respectively, according to Stalford the choirs are believed to be the oldest choirs in continual service in the United States.

Stalford is a Fellow of the Washington Cathedral College of Church Musicians, where his teachers were Paul Callaway, Preston Rockholt and the founding director, American composer Leo Sowerby. Stalford is well known for his association with Sowerby and his music, and is vice president of the Leo Sowerby Foundation. His other mentors and teachers include Dr. Francis Jackson (York Minster, England) and Dr. Alexander McCurdy (Westminster Choir College, Princeton, N.J.).

Works by Sowerby on the program include "A Wedding Processional, H. 308," "Carillon, H. 134," "Requiescat in Pace, H. 159" and "Pageant of Autumn, H. 234." Selections by Jackson include "Fanfare," "Impromptu for Sir Edward Bairstow on his 70th birthday, 1944" and "Procession (1955)."

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