Dr Francis Jackson CBE was born in Malton, Yorkshire in 1917 and was a chorister at York Minster from 1929 - 1933 and a pupil of Sir Edward Bairstow. He studied music at Durham University and became assistant organist of York Minster before succeeding Bairstow there in 1946.
During the second World War he was a cavalryman in the 9th Lancers.
He remained at York Minster until his retirement in 1982 when he became Organist Emeritus.
He is the Friends of Cathedral Music’s longest serving Vice-President known for his many wonderful compositions including the hymn-tune East Acklam, the name of the village in Yorkshire where he lives. In addition, he is a Past President of the Incorporated Association of Organists and a Vice President of the Royal College of Organists. Dr. J continues to give organ recitals throughout Britain and performed abroad including six tours of America as well as Australia. In retirement he still composes, gives organ recitals and also has a great love of poetry and literature.
"The Archbishop's Fanfare "was written in 1961 for the enthronement of the Most Reverend F. D. Coggan as Archbishop of York in York Minster." Coggan later became the 101st Archbishop of Canterbury. It does EVERYTHING that a fanfare should, and all of this in barely over one minute's time.
If you like this, and want to hear another, even "better" (IMHO) fanfare by Francis Jackson, you can hear two uploads of it here: http://www.contrebombarde.com/concerthall/music/13506
and here: http://www.contrebombarde.com/concerthall/music/13506
I actually wanted to make this piece my "Ascension Day fanfare," but was unable to find my copy. THANKS to Andrew Grahame, who graciously provided me with the score.
Andrew, this performance is dedicated to you with appreciation and friendship. :-)
A photo of Francis Jackson is attached below, as well as the MIDI of this performance.