Organist & Choirmaster

John Clift

John has been a secondary school music teacher for nearly forty years.

He studied music at Bristol University and gained his PGCE at Christ Church College Canterbury.

John began his teaching career in the London Borough of Havering before moving across to the other side of London to Richmond. He moved to Gloucestershire in 1988 to be Head of Music at Arle School. After moving to St Peter’s RC High School in 1994, he finally moved to Bournside School in 2005, where he has remained since then. He stood down as Head of Music in December 2020, but he still teaches there on a part-time basis.

He began studying the organ aged 12, inspired by the experience of turning pages and pulling out stops in an organ recital by his piano teacher at the time.

John has played the organ at a number of different churches over the years, including Viney Hill in the Forest of Dean and St Peter’s, Leckhampton.

He has an interest in a wide range of choral music He has conducted a number of local choirs including Churchdown Choral Society.

John says that “it is a real privilege to be part of the music at St Mary’s, which has such a long and wonderful musical tradition.”

John can be contacted at organist@stmarysck.org.uk

Calendar

May 2022

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
  • Holy Communion
  • All Age Service and Baptism of Evelyn Morton
  • Baptism of Archie Gardner
  • Choral Evensong
2
  • Morning Prayer
  • Mother's Union Afternoon Group (1st Monday only)
  • Evening Prayer
  • Choir Practise
3
  • Morning Prayer
  • MU Coporate Communion
  • Evening Prayer
  • Bell Ringers' Practice
4
  • Open the Book
  • Morning Prayer
  • Open the Book
  • Evening Prayer
5
  • Morning Prayer
  • Holy Communion
  • Open the Book
  • Evening Prayer
6
  • Morning Prayer
  • Church Flowers
  • Evening Prayer
7
  • Marriage of Gregory Gannon and Harriet Gallagher
8
  • Holy Communion
  • Parish Communion
  • Taize Service
9
  • Morning Prayer
  • Evening Prayer
  • Choir Practise
  • MU House Group
10
  • Morning Prayer
  • Evening Prayer
  • Bell Ringers' Practice
11
  • Open the Book
  • Morning Prayer
  • Open the Book
  • Evening Prayer
12
  • Morning Prayer
  • Holy Communion
  • Open the Book
  • Visiting Bell Ringers
  • Evening Prayer
13
  • Morning Prayer
  • Church Flowers
  • Evening Prayer
14
  • Holy Dusters
15
  • Holy Communion
  • Breaking of Bread
  • Choral Evensong
16
  • Morning Prayer
  • Bible Study Group
  • Evening Prayer
  • Choir Practise
17
  • Morning Prayer
  • Evening Prayer
  • Bell Ringers' Practice
18
  • Open the Book
  • Morning Prayer
  • Open the Book
  • Evening Prayer
19
  • Morning Prayer
  • Holy Communion
  • Open the Book
  • Evening Prayer
20
  • Morning Prayer
  • Church Flowers
  • Evening Prayer
21
22
  • Holy Communion
  • Parish Communion
  • Prayer and Praise
23
  • Morning Prayer
  • Evening Prayer
  • Choir Practise
24
  • Morning Prayer
  • Evening Prayer
  • Bell Ringers' Practice
25
  • Open the Book
  • Morning Prayer
  • Open the Book
  • Evening Prayer
26
  • Morning Prayer
  • Holy Communion
  • Open the Book
  • Evening Prayer
27
  • Morning Prayer
  • Church Flowers
  • Memory Lane Service
  • Evening Prayer
28
  • Holy Dusters
  • Marriage of Liam Beames and Anna Hayward
29
  • Holy Communion
  • Parish Communion
  • Baptism of Jade Hodgson
  • Full Choral Evensong
30
  • Morning Prayer
  • Funeral of the late Graham Briggs RIP
  • Evening Prayer
  • Choir Practise
31
  • Morning Prayer
  • Evening Prayer
  • Bell Ringers' Practice