Harry Wilkinson plays the Ernest M. Skinner organ of Girard College Chapel, Philadelphia.
This biographical sketch was current as of the date of the original release of this recording in 1993.
Harry Wilkinson is Professor Emeritus, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, theory and organ. He chaired the Theory - Composition Dept. for nearly ten years. He holds the Ph.D. - theory - Eastman School of Music, and is a Fellow of the American Guild of Organists. He chaired the A.G.O. Nationall Examination Committee (as then titled), 1973-1980; was program chair for the 1964 A.G.O. National Convention (Philadelphia), and the 1977 International Congress of Organists. For years he was organist-choirmaster of the Church of the St. Martin-in-the-Fields; and now plays at Old St. Mary’s R.C. Church, Philadelphia. He has given recitals in Paris - St-Denis, Notre-Dame, Sacre-Coeur- , England - York Minster and parish churches - , and eastern U.S. He has studied with Harold Gleason, David Craighead, Ernest White, and Harry C. Banks.
Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians “Here is a feast of Romantic organ music if ever there was one.... Because of the microphone placement, it may even be better than the real thing... A great organ and a great organist ideally matched in a spellbinding disc of music not found in such a mix elsewhere to m y knowledge. Fred Hohman’s notes are wonderful. Organ specs are all there. The pictureon the cover of Harry and his Irish setter, Sebastian at the console is suitable for framing!” - G. Donald Kaye