Top honour for Dewsbury Minster organist

FELLOWSHIP HONOUR Dewsbury Minster organist Stephen Parker.(d319b322)
FELLOWSHIP HONOUR Dewsbury Minster organist Stephen Parker.(d319b322)

He’s played at 2,000 funerals and almost 600 weddings.

And now Dewsbury Minster organist Stephen Parker has been honoured for his services to music and his parishes.

Stephen has been made a Fellow of the Metropolitan College of Musicians, which encourages excellence in music in both the church and the community.

The 37-year-old has been playing the organ since he was nine years old.

He began playing at Osset Parish Church and started playing at the minster aged 16.

As well as playing at church services, Stephen has also been chosen to entertain at council events, civic balls and award ceremonies at Dewsbury Town Hall.

Last year Stephen, who lives in Dewsbury, played at Ossett Town Hall to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

“It’s having power at your fingertips,” he said. “One person can sit at an organ and fill a place with song.

“It can touch people on so many different levels when you’re playing.”

The Rev Canon Kevin Partington, the rector of Dewsbury Minster, said: “Before he reached double figures, Stephen Parker was playing the organ and singing God’s praises at Ossett Parish Church.

“Almost 30 years on, and with continuous service, Stephen is still doing so.”