Priory Singers” Memorial Evensong For Dr Harry Grindle

St Anne's Belfast

The late Harry Grindle, a former Musical Director at St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, will be remembered at a special Memorial Evensong in the Cathedral on 16 November.

Evensong will be sung by the Priory Singers, the group Harry established in 1986. The preacher will be Bishop Edward Darling, and the service features music Harry wrote and music that he loved.

An eminent choral musician and choirmaster, Dr William Henry Grindle died in July 2013 aged 77. Priory Singers’ Director Robert Thompson said the Memorial Evensong would be a fitting way to acknowledge his immense contribution to church music.

Many members have been involved since Harry first established the ensemble. “This service is our tribute to the founder of the choir, from whom we all, individually and as a group, learned so much and whose legacy permeates everything we continue to strive to achieve,” Robert said.

Born in Bangor and a former pupil of Regent House School in Newtownards, Harry was head chorister with the choir of Bangor Abbey. In 1950 he started organ lessons with Huston Graham, then organist of Bangor Abbey, and in 1953 took up his first post as organist of Shore Street Presbyterian Church, Donaghadee.

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