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RESEARCH - Dr George Tootell

Wed, 23 Feb 2022

Dr George Tootell and A Legend of Man


Maurice Powell

Dr George Tootell was a pioneering cinema organist of genius – the first British organist to play a genuine cinema organ – with a Europe-wide reputation; church organist, composer, conductor, teacher, secretary of the Manx Music Festival and an important figure whose contribution ‘. . . to the furthering of the musical life of the Island’ was acknowledged to be ‘outstanding’. Furthermore, he was the composer of one of the largest scale choral works ever written by a resident composer and premiered on the Island by a Manx choir and orchestra directed by the composer himself.