Allan Wicks

I note recent obituaries of Allan Wicks, organist of York Minster and Canterbury cathedral (from the Times and Church Times). While the writers note his championing of contemporary classical music, less well known was his openness to experimentation with pop genres for church. He contributed an article on “relevance” in church music to a special issue of Modern Churchman in October 1964, alongside articles on the new Coventry cathedral and on liturgy (by Eric James, at that time one of the more avant-garde clergy in south London, and subsequently biographer of John A.T. Robinson.)

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