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​Generosity of Former Pupil Funds Music Lessons for Archie

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For a number of years, pupils at King’s Hall have benefited from the generosity of a former pupil, who very kindly funds music lessons for those interested in trying the organ.

The fund enables pupils who will be joining King’s College in Year 9 to take up organ lessons with King’s College organist and organ teacher John Young. Pupils get six free ‘beginner music’ lessons, with the option to continue self-funded lessons beyond this.

The fund was set up to with the hope and aim that the lessons would increase the number of organists. Many churches have faced real difficulties recruiting people to play for services, and very many church organists have tended to be of an older age. Our benefactor has a great love of music and is especially fond of good organ playing. Over the years, other Taunton schools have swapped their pipe organs for electric versions. Our school organ, which came from a London Wren Church, is historically significant, and we are proud to offer our pupils the opportunity to make the most of playing this wonderful and historic instrument.

Former King’s pupil Ranulf Mason took up the offer and went on to become a very accomplished organist, reaching grade 6. He also played piano to grade 7.

This year, Year 6 pupil Archie E is about to embark on his first foray into playing the organ. Archie already plays the piano and trumpet, and sings very well. He is incredibly keen and is looking forward to the challenge of a new instrument.

Commenting, our Director of Music at King’s Hall, Gareth Dayus-Jones said: “We remain enormously grateful to our benefactor for his generous support of King's Schools' organists. The six free lessons provided, plus the purchase of their starting music, have enabled former pupils such as Ranulf to begin their journey towards being masters of this majestic instrument. Ranulf recently played the organ solo parts in Saint-Saens’ Third Symphony (known as the Organ Symphony) with the Somerset County Youth Orchestra, so it is wonderful to see the fruition of the seeds sown by this scheme. It is tremendously exciting that Archie is keen to take up the mantle and I look forward to hearing how he gets on.”

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