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(George) Percy (Aldridge) Grainger

Australian Born 08 Jul 1882 Died 20 Feb 1961

James Parsons is one of the organ's most articulate advocates of today's musical scene. He is well known both for his international career as a concert organist and recording artist, and for Oundle International Festival which he founded in 1985, with its unique and influential summer school for young organists.

Following his tenure of the Patry/Wood Organ Scholarship at Exeter College Oxford, where he was an organ pupil of Sir David Lumsden and Ralph Downes, James Parsons has achieved wide recognition as an organ recitalist. Regular engagements throughout the British Isles and annual tours in Holland, Scandinavia, USA, Czech Republic and South Africa have received warm critical acclaim. Works by contemporary British composers feature frequently in his programmes, whilst his interpretation of older repertoire has been enriched by periods of study with Jacques van Oortmerssen and Peter Hurford. Reviews have praised James Parsons's 'virtuosity coupled with rare articulative clarity'; as one leading periodical stated: 'he makes the music spring to life in a way that is rarely encountered'.

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