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

July 2024

Monday July 15

9:00 am – 9:30 am
Morning Prayer
Recurs weekly
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Evening Prayer
Recurs weekly
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Choir Practise
Recurs weekly

Tuesday July 16

9:00 am – 9:30 am
Morning Prayer
Recurs weekly
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Evening Prayer
Recurs weekly
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Bell Ringers' Practice
Recurs weekly

Wednesday July 17

8:50 am – 9:20 am
Open the Book
Recurs weekly
9:00 am – 9:30 am
Morning Prayer
Recurs weekly
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Open the Book
Recurs weekly
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Evening Prayer
Recurs weekly

Thursday July 18

9:00 am – 9:30 am
Morning Prayer
Recurs weekly
10:15 am – 12:15 pm
Little Fishes
Recurs weekly
10:30 am – 11:15 am
Open the Book
Recurs weekly
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Holy Communion
Recurs weekly
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Evening Prayer
Recurs weekly

Friday July 19

9:00 am – 9:30 am
Morning Prayer
Recurs weekly
9:30 am – 11:00 am
Church Flowers
Recurs weekly
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Evening Prayer
Recurs weekly

Saturday July 20

9:30 am – 11:00 am
Churchyard Clearup
Recurs monthly
9:30 am – 10:30 am
Holy Dusters
Recurs every 2 weeks
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Wedding Blessing of Colin and Becky Revell

Sunday July 21

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Holy Communion
Recurs weekly
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Breaking of Bread
Recurs monthly
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Baptism of Edith Young
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Choral Evensong
Recurs monthly

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