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Catherine Ennis at the console of the Peter Collins in Orford Church, while recording her last CD

Maggie Hamilton

Organ world mourns death of Catherine Ennis

4:40, 26th December 2020

Catherine Ennis, organist and director of music at the church of St Lawrence Jewry in the City of London, has died.

Ennis was known throughout the organ world as a dynamic personality, both as an organist and also as a ‘mover and shaker’. She was an energetic force in the creation of four organs in London – the Rieger in St Marylebone Parish Church (1987), the Klais in St Lawrence Jewry (2001), the William Drake for Trinity College of Music (2003), and the Queen’s Organ in the Lady Chapel of Westminster Abbey, built by Mander. She also founded the London Organ Concerts Guide, was president of the Incorporated Association of Organists (2003-05) and Royal College of Organists (2013-15), a trustee of the Nicholas Danby Trust, and in 2018 was awarded the Medal of the Royal College of Organists. In 2006 Ennis initiated (together with Barbara Hill) the John Hill Organ Series and took on its artistic directorship, showcasing emerging young talented organists on Tuesday lunchtimes annually in May. Most recently she became a patron of the Society of Women Organists.

Concert engagements included in recent years recitals at Christ Church Spitalfields, Westminster Cathedral, and the Royal Festival Hall. She recorded works by J.S. Bach, Reubke, Guilmant, and English romantic composers, among others; her latest CD, of works by various composers on the Peter Collins organ in St Bartholomew’s Church, Orford, was released in October 2020 [Priory PRCD 1235].


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