Vice President – Dr Francis Jackson
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. He is a Past President of the Incorporated Association of Organists and a Vice President of the Royal College of Organists. He 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.