Saturday, 11 February 2017

Ambrose Porter's Saturday Organ Recitals

The Radio Times archive shows that between 1934 and 1938, alongside regular broadcasts of services from Lichfield Cathedral, there were broadcasts of Ambrose Porter's organ recitals; dates of the broadcasts are listed on the radio page of our website.

In the Lay Vicars' vestry there is still a poster, albeit somewhat the worse for wear, exhorting us to attend his Saturday recital in July 1930.

However, this was clearly not a new thing. I recently rediscovered two handwritten programmes from my organ-playing grandfather's papers of Porter's Saturday recitals he attended as a 20-21 year old in the summer of 1926:

The programme for the June recital is written out in ink with what I believe is Porter's signature, having seen his writing previously; but the fading purple of the July programme makes it look as if it is just a printed duplicate.

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