Gillian Ward Russell
BA, MPhil, PhD, FRCO, ARCM, LRAM, LTCL, FISM
Gillian Ward Russell was first appointed Organist and Choir Director at the age of 14. In the 1990s she jointly held the post of Organs Adviser in the Diocese of Chelmsford. Alongside church work Gillian combined recitals, private teaching, choral conducting, and research. Recitals took her to Yale University, USA, St Paul's Cathedral, London (three times), mainland Europe, as well as numerous UK venues. Her doctoral thesis is on William Russell, and she contributed to his entry in Grove's Dictionary. Gillian has brought the organ to the awareness of children, presenting a number of workshops and recitals to school children.