Michael Maine - organ

Michael Maine is a Cornishman by birth, and as a child was a choral scholar in the choir of Truro Cathedral. Inspired by the sound of the great ‘Father’ Willis organ, he studied the organ with John Winter, the Organist and Master of the Choristers.

Moving to the Brighton area in the 1970s he quickly became established as a choir trainer and organist. During his tenure of Director of Music at St Paul’s, West Street, the choir annually sang services at Westminster Abbey and Cathedral on the same day. He also served as Director of Music for the Crescent Operatic Society who regularly performed in the Dome, Brighton, and assistant conductor of the Brighton Consort.

However, he is probably best known locally as the Organist and Director of All Saints’ Hove (where he presided over the great 1905 Hill organ), and Director of Music at St Christopher’s School, Hove; both posts of which he held for nearly thirty years. During that time, the school choir regularly performed on national radio and television. In 2002 he was made an honorary member of the Guild of Church Musicians by the Archbishop of Canterbury awarded in recognition of his contribution to the musical life of Brighton and Hove. On leaving All Saints he was appointed Organist Emeritus and Curator of the organ.

He was instrumental in saving the organ of the Dome, Brighton together with its restoration and he appeared to a capacity crowd at the organ’s reinauguaration. He is also known as a theatre organist and is regularly heard on BBC Radio 2’s The Organist Entertains.

Michael recently trained for ordination at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, and is now the assistant curate at St Mary the Virgin, Willingdon.