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Andante Sostenuto

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Uploaded by: Silchester (11/12/22)
Composer: Guy Henry Eldridge
Sample Producer: Lavender Audio
Sample Set: The Armley Schulze
Software: Hauptwerk VII
Genre: Romantic
Andante Sostenuto is the second piece in a collection titled ‘Four Impressions’ by Guy Henry Eldridge Mus. B (1904-1976). The collection was published by Novello.

I am grateful to Vanessa Thompson, who is a subscriber to the CBCH, for providing me some background information on her maternal grandfather.

Eldridge was born in Sussex and eventually made his way to London. He studied at the Royal College of Music and became a professor of music at the Guildhall and the London School of Music. Eldridge went on to become the organist & choirmaster of the Anglican church of St Michael and All Angels, Chester Square, Belgravia in London in 1953.

Vanessa said that her grandfather was “a rather darling man, kind and gentle”. He was very much a loving husband, father and grandfather. Eldridge was also much loved for his work at St Michael’s Church and other places.

The organ at St Michael’s was, according to the NPOR, built in 1900 by Robert Hope-Jones as a 4m&p instrument. It was rebuilt by Willis in 1923 and by J W Walker in 1948. By this time, it had grown to 66 ss.

This instrument was replaced by a new 2m&p Walker organ in 1994 and is located in a gallery. It has two consoles – 1 mechanical and 1 electric action.

The attached photo, supplied by Vanessa Thompson, is of Guy Eldridge at the St Michael’s organ.

More Eldridge coming from me.

Agnus Dei has twice recorded (Salisbury & Hereford) Eldridge’s Fanfare for St Michael & All Angels - and
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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