Church celebrates Organist's 60 years
31 Jan 2010
Bill Bowley speaking at the Celebration
Bill Bowley speaking at the Celebration
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Bill playing Widor's Toccata
Bill playing Widor's Toccata
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Andover Methodist Church in Bridge Street celebrated sixty years of organ playing by Bill Bowley by holding a special concert in his honour on Sunday. "In the early years, Bill played for at least two Sunday services, as well as choir rehearsals each Friday evening. At the same time he was an accompanist to the Andover Choral Society for forty years, so Bill's commitment to music in the area has been total. Since he retired from full time employment in 1984, Bill is frequently called upon by undertakers to play the organ for funerals, and he told us that he has two bookings later this year for weddings. Bill continues to work for Meals on Wheels, and provides transport for the Countess of Brecknock Hospice. For many years he was also a volunteer advisor at Andover CAB".

At the celebration was his wife, his daughter, and other members of his family. In addition to two pieces played on the organ by Bill, the concert comprised items sung by the Andover Choral Society, a flute solo from Jean Lucas, vocal duets from Malcolm and Judith Cummins, and a story told by Malcolm Spencer.

A Vote of Thanks at the end was given by Deacon Shirley Mackintosh, with a blessing by the Rev Dr Andrew Wood.

"This was a very enjoyable event, and I know Bill has inspired many young musicians locally to take up a career in music - and it was splendid to hear him in such good form at the keyboard".
 
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