Magazine article The American Organist

OBITUARIES: Hugh John McLean

Magazine article The American Organist

OBITUARIES: Hugh John McLean

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Hugh John McLean, 87 years old, July 30, 2017, in Naples, Fla. He was born Jan. 5, 1930, in Winnipeg, Canada, where he held his first organist position at St. Luke's Anglican Church at age 15, after studying organ with Hugh Bancroft in Vancouver. He was 17 at the time of his first CBC broadcast recital. He attended the Royal College of Music in England on an organ scholarship in 1949, studying piano with Arthur Benjamin, organ with William Harris, and composition with W.S. Lloyd Webber. McLean was the first Canadian to be a scholar at King's College Chapel, Cambridge, with Boris Ord, 1951-56.

McLean's London debut was in 1955 at Royal Festival Hall in the premiere of Malcolm Arnold's Organ Concerto with Adrian Boult and the London Philharmonic. Returning to Vancouver, he served as organistchoirmaster at Ryerson United Church, 1957-73, and faculty member at the universities of Victoria and British Columbia, before joining the University of Western Ontario, London, where he served from 1973 to 1995 as dean and taught organ, harpsichord, and music history. …

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