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Ian Imlay who will play in St Mary's Church on 22nd January.

Don't miss Ian

Don't miss the next Lunchtime Organ Recital in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Tuesday, 22nd January, when Ian Imlay, from Leicester, will be playing.

Like many organists Ian learnt to play the organ at an early age. By the time he was 11 years old he was  organist of the chapel at Groby Road Hospital, and by 16  organist of Kilby Church.

He was called up to do National Service and was posted to Malta where he became the organist at the Garrison Church. On his return from National Service he was invited to become Organist of St Nicholas Church in Leicester.

He has continued to play at St Nicholas' for nearly 60 years and, when St Nicholas became the University church, Ian built up a fine choral tradition with the students.

In 1983 the University of Leicester conferred on Ian the honorary Degree of Master of Music M Mus. and from that time until 2015 he played for most of the Leicester University Degree ceremonies which are held at the De Montfort Hall. It has been estimated that more than 50,000 students would have received their degrees during his tenure.

In recognition of his long service, the University made Ian a Distinguished Honorary Fellow in July 2013 - the highest award it is able to give.

In addition to being organist of St Nicholas’, Ian was also the organist of St Luke’s Chapel in the Leicester Royal Infirmary for more than 50 years. Sadly the chapel was demolished to make way for a new A & E unit. The organ found a new home in Saint Meloir des Bois Church in Brittany, France, and Ian was invited to play for its dedication and to give a short recital in 2015. 

The 2019 programme is now complete and a leaflet, listing all the recitals for next year, can be picked up in church, or the details are available by clicking



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