4.0 out of 5 stars
It's a long read and to be frank I thought it rather petered out about 75% of the way through but I stuck with it and on the who, 20 Aug 2014
As a young church organist growing up in Yorkshire in the late 1950's & 60's, Francis Jackson was a hero and no visit to York ( usually for trainspotting purposes !) was complete without a visit to the Minster for evensong. His recitals were a "must do" and the release of his LP records ( particularly the GCO Series No2 which I still have & treasure). So it was with some trepidation that I embarked on reading this book lest it dispelled the magic of those years !. Not a bit of it - he comes across as a surprisingly gentle and humble man, providing a fascinating insight to the life of a cathedral musician and virtuoso organist from the war years & across the latter half of the 20th C. It's a long read and to be frank I thought it rather petered out about 75% of the way through but I stuck with it and on the whole enjoyed it. A fantastic life well documented and so wonderful he is still with us ! Thank you Dr Jackson for inspiring me to play the Organ and providing me with so many memorable musical moments across 50 years.