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English organist Tom Bell to perform at South Church


PORTSMOUTH - On Sunday, Jan. 20, prize-winning organist Tom Bell from Surrey, England, will be the guest musician at South Church's Sunday service at 10 a.m.

A special public recital will follow beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. A donation of $5 for the recital is suggested.

This is an opportunity to catch Bell on his winter tour in the United States as he arrives in Portsmouth after performances in Manhattan, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia.

Bell studied with the celebrated concert organist Kevin Bowyer, in Manchester, and Jacques van Oormerssen in Amsterdam, graduating with first class honors at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2006.

Since then he has been very busy performing both classical and contemporary organ music at a variety of venues, from cathedrals to festivals, and will soon be releasing his first recordings. Bell is currently organist and choir master at St. Michael's Chester Square in London's West End.

Bell is passionate about the organ and eager to share his knowledge with others. He teaches a number of aspiring organists at the Royal College of Organists and several other distinguished schools and is the organist for the EtonOrganworks project at Eton College.

Bell also devotes time to public outreach programs for adults and children to educate non-specialists about the organ.

For more information, contact Joanne Connolly at 436-4762.

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