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The Late Ernest John Warrell

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 15:48

It is with great regret that I report the death of Ernest H Warrell on Tuesday 17th August in Guy's Hospital. He was aged ninety five years.

Mr Warrell was one of our most distinguished church musicians. An expert on plainchant, he encompassed all styles of music in his wide repertoire and remained a remarkable player - invariably from memory - almost until his final admission to hospital. He played with equal ease in the synagogue or cathedral and had an encyclopaedic knowledge of all types of church music.

His enormous and erudite contributions to music and musicians were recognised by a number of well-deserved honours, including the very rare FKC, HonFTCL, Hon FGCM and MBE. He was awarded the Lambeth MA some years ago. (Lambeth degrees are not honorary.) He was a Vice-President of The Guild of Church Musicians and invariably attended their meetings. Rather sadly, the RCO chose not to honour him in any way.

Mr Warrell was organist & choirmaster of Southwark Cathedral from 1968 to 1976. He played at St Paul's Deptford until a few weeks ago.

He will be sadly missed.

Barry Williams
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