Dr Francis Jackson

Dr Francis Jackson, who died on Monday 10 January aged 104, linked the 21st century to the 19th, serving as a chorister at York Minster under Edward Bairstow (1874–1976) whom he succeeded as organist at the Minster in 1947. A prolific composer as well as an organist, he was still writing music until just before his death, and he was delighted to be taken to the Minster in 2021 to hear the newly restored organ after a restoration project lasting two and a half years. There are many tributes and obituaries in the local, musical and national press; we direct you to one on the website of the Royal College of Organists.