Original organ work inspired by Edward Thomas

The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Baron Williams of Oystermouth, Lord Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, came to Steep Church to dedicate a window to the memory of the poet Edward Thomas on 7 December. During the service, Callum Anderson (6.2) performed a new work for organ he had composed, inspired by some lines from Thomas’ poem, Sad Songs of Autumn Mirth, and which had been commissioned by the parish for this occasion. The beautifully meditative music was superbly played and brought from this relatively small organ an extraordinarily varied collage of colours to the delight of the capacity congregation. View photos.

By Nick Gleed, Director of Music

Original organ work inspired by Edward Thomas


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.


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