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Eric Spencer

Location: South Africa

I studied the organ privately in London and after several organist posts there, moved to Sussex in 1963 and was for 10 years Organist and Choirmaster of the 10th century Parish Church of St Nicholas, Worth. I gained my ARCO in 1970 and, in 1974, I became Organist and Director of Music at St Peter’s Brighton, a church of cathedral proportions with a fine four manual “Father” Willis organ. After retiring in 1995 from St Peter’s (and in 2001 from my business career) I continued to play for various churches and choirs in Sussex until, in 2003, the chance sighting of an advertisement for the post of Organist and Master of the Choristers of Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Port Elizabeth led me to South Africa. I held this post for six years during which time I oversaw the restoration of the cathedral’s fine J. W. Walker organ. I moved to Cape Town in April 2011 and am currently Assistant Organist of St George's Anglican Cathedral, but also spend time in the UK where I played for services in Hereford Cathedral in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
In May 2013 I spent six weeks in Bradenton FLA in where I exchanged homes and duties with an Organist there and will be making a similar "swap" with an organist in Washington DC in 2014. I would very much like to repeat this "organist/home swap" experience in 2015 - preferably  at a church with “traditional” music on the West or East Coast USA, but all possibilities considered.  Each would pay their own fares, I would cover the duties in the US (service playing, choir rehearsals); we have a lovely 2 bedroom apartment in Cape Town, opposite the Cathedral but duties ithere would be minimal, even optional. 
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