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Catherine Ennis will be remembered by friends and admirers in the City of London

Maggie Hamilton

A musical farewell to Catherine Ennis

5:27, 7th January 2021

A musical ‘goodbye’ to Catherine Ennis will be given by some of her friends and colleagues in the City of London at 1pm on Monday 11 January.

The tribute, which will be streamed on Zoom, will include short spoken reminiscences by fellow organists and admirers, followed by half-an-hour of organ music by Bach and Elgar, recorded by Catherine. After that, members of the online audience will be invited to contribute anecdotes or memories of their own.

Ennis, who died of cancer on Christmas Eve, had been director of music at the City Church of St Lawrence Jewry for 35 years. She was president of the Royal College of Organists (2013-15), and a well-known recitalist.

The organisers have requested those interested to join on Zoom a few minutes before 1pm, to ensure a place. (Everyone will be muted, to allow a short time of silence.)

The Zoom link is here.

Meeting ID: 823 3420 6890

Passcode: 852260

The musical part of the streaming will be broadcast on YouTube. The organisers say, ‘You may like to have the link prepared on an iPad or some other device (if you are Zooming on a laptop); or you may prefer to switch backwards and forwards on the one device. This link will be duplicated in the Chat box of your Zoom screen:

The organisers plan to make a recording of the tributes, as a present to Catherine’s elderly mother; they explain: ‘It is important that all participants are happy for the recording to be made. If you would prefer not to appear onscreen, you will need to ensure that your camera is off. You will still be able to observe and hear the proceedings, even though you are not visible to others.’

This broadcast replaces the week’s lunchtime online Organ Recital from St Michael’s Cornhill.

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