The 2019 organ recital season continues on Tuesday 17th September at 8.00 p.m. in the Parish Church with recitalist John Dillistone.
John Dillistone successfully combines distinguished careers in Fine Art and Music. Born in Brighton in 1939, he studied and qualified in art at Brighton and Leeds Colleges of Art. Teacher, painter and lecturer, he retired in 1999 as Director of Art at The Leys School, Cambridge. His musical talents developed under the tuition of Victor Bradley, Paul Bennett and Philip Dore, and he obtained his ARCO in 1977.
Currently organist at St Mary’s Church, Huntingdon, he was Organist at Godmanchester Parish Church from 1976-1986, where he oversaw the restoration of the organ. He has since gained wide recognition as an international recitalist, and has recently given concerts on the Renaissance organs of Leuca and Salva, as part of the 9th Festival Itinerante in Italy; as soloist in the Tyneside Maritime Festival at Newcastle Cathedral; at Southwark and Rochester Cathedrals; at Ely Cathedral (Organ Centenary Recital, 2008) and at Bourges, Carcassonne, Béziers, Troyes, Dol-de-Bretagne, Montpellier, Toul, Langres, Annecy, Vernon (400th anniversary International Organ Festival, 2014) and Bordeaux Cathedrals in France. He has also performed at Ghent Cathedral in Belgium, and recently completed a recital tour of Germany, which included Ottobeuren Abbey, Ulm, Griefswald and Bamburg Cathedrals, the Kaiser Willhelm Memorial Church, Berlin and both principal churches of Saarbrücken: Basilika St Johann (R.C.) and Lüdwigskirche (Lutheran). His U.S.A. venues include Washington National Cathedral, St Patrick’s R.C. Cathedral and St Thomas’ Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City.
In 1998, his San Francisco tour ‘Bay Area Recitals’ was released on CD, available from the performer after today’s recital, price £10. Grazia Salvatore, the Italian organist and composer, recently wrote ‘Triptych’, a composition based on three of John Dillistone’s drawings.
His commissions in Fine Art include public murals and the calligraphic charters commemorating the twinning of Cambridgeshire with Kriesviersen; and, in 2001, he illustrated ‘The Knight and the Candle Flame’, a children’s book written by Jan Arriens. More of his paintings were recently exhibited, with prints by his sons Clive and Tim, at The Michaelhouse Centre.
Admission to all the recitals is free (though there's an opportunity to make a donation at the end) and everyone is welcome. Our recital season continues weekly until the end of September. You can find details here. Information leaflets are also available at the Parish Church and St Martin's or you can download one here.