Press Release May 24th, 2008

'Ready to pull out all the stops...

Fr Neil Kelley is delighted to announce the appointment of Sam Austin as Director of Music of the United Benefice of Saint Faith Great Crosby and Saint Mary the Virgin Waterloo Park.  He will start his duties in September 2008.

Sam is currently the Organ Scholar at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral and is in the first year of studying for a Master's Degree (organ) over two years at the Royal Northern College of Music.  He has secured the Organ Scholarship at the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral for 2008/09.

Previously, he has been the Percy Whitlock Organ Scholar at Birmingham Symphony Hall and Assistant Organist at The Oratory, Birmingham.  He was the Organist and Director of Music at St Mary’s Priory Church, Warrington, and Musical Director of the Liverpool Festival Choir.  He has given performances in many parts of the country and is also a keen bell-ringer.

Of his new appointment, Sam Austin said: “I am delighted to accept the appointment and look forward to some fantastic music making, with musicians of the United Benefice and beyond”

Father Neil said, “We are very lucky to have appointed someone as gifted as Sam and we look forward very much to working with him.  In welcoming Sam, I want to pay a particular tribute to Stephen Hargreaves who has been Acting Director of Music for over twelve months and has done a brilliant job.  We are very fortunate in having such a strong Music Department at Saint Faith’s and Saint Mary’s and we hope to develop further in the future.”

Although he will not be joining us until September, on the day his appointment was announced to the congregation,
(May 25th, 2008) Sam Austin deputised for Stephen Hargreaves at the morning services at St Mary's and St Faith's.

Below he is seen  with Fr Neil at the back of St Faith's after the 11.00 am Sung Eucharist, with appropriate wording behind him.
Later, the website manager snapped him posing again, this time at the organ console.



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