Young organist Henry Websdale praised for award

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Fifteen-year-old Henry Websdale has been awarded the Associateship of the Royal College of Organists Fifteen-year-old Henry Websdale has been awarded the Associateship of the Royal College of Organists

A Bradford Cathedral organ scholar has become one of the youngest organists ever to be awarded the Associateship of the Royal College of Organists.

Henry Websdale, 15, of Ilkley, plays at two or three services a week.

The RCO examinations are the gold standard in organ playing and the failure rate is high.

Canon Sam Corley, of Bradford Cathedral, said: “We are thrilled with Henry’s achievements and by the mature way he dedicates himself to the role of cathedral organ scholar.

“He is an inspiration to musicians old and young and contributes much to the life of the cathedral.

Henry, a pupil at Bradford Grammar School, has lived in Ilkley since he was five. He learned to play at St Margaret’s in Ilkley.

He said: “It’s nice to be one of the youngest people to have this, but it is a second really to just having the qualification ready on my CV.”

At 14, Henry gained the Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music, for his organ performance, which gained a distinction.

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