The fund will allow us to help young students in financial need to attend our courses. Alan Spedding was deeply committed to helping young musicians, and we are honoured that his family has entrusted Oundle for Organists with this means of carrying on his legacy.
Alan Spedding was Organist and Director of Music at Beverley Minster for 42 years. As a choral conductor, organist and teacher he was inspirational and worked long and hard to combine excellence with enterprise, emerging early as a much respected musician during the course of a distinguished career. As music master at Beverley Grammar School, a teacher in Hull, and in his long and devoted work at the Minster, he was an inspiring trainer of young musicians; his adjudicating and examining work, in which he was known for his perceptiveness and courtesy, was also an invaluable support to young musicians. He enjoyed a long association with Hull University as a teacher and as organ curator, and was conductor of the East Riding County Choir for 45 years. He also conducted the Hull choral Union for many years, allowing him to perform most of the major choral works.
Alan Spedding gave selflessly of his time and expertise to many national organisations, including the Royal College of Organists, the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, and the Incorporated Association of Organists. His services to music were recognised by the award of an honorary Doctorate of Music from Hull University in 1994, an MBE in 2003, and the diploma of Associate of the Royal School of Church Music in 2006.
Alan Spedding was not only a consummate and wide-ranging professional musician, but a kind and courteous man with a gift for friendship. His full obituary in Yorkshire Post can be read here.
Donations can be made to this fund by cheque to the Oundle Music Trust, marking them on the back for the Alan Spedding Memorial Fund. The postal address is:
Oundle Music Trust
FAO Graham Williams
4 New Street