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Melanie Plumley (neé Harrison) - Music Background

Organist appointments

Mel is a freelance Organist & Choir Director now resident in Cyprus and undertaking service and concert playing as appropriate. Prior to moving to Cyprus with her full time work, she played mosly in the London and home counties area. For over 22 years starting in May 1989 she was music director of Emmanuel Church, Holcombe and retains strong connections with Lancashire.

PMH at St Chrysostom, Manchester

picture above left taken in 2010 at Bury Parish Church, and above right at her home practice instrument (2011) and now installed in Cyprus.

Organ appointments have been:

1989-2011 Organist & Choir director
Holcombe  Lancashire
1980-85 Organist & Choir director St. Mary The Virgin Linton  Cambridgeshire 
1976-77 Organist & Choir director St. John The Baptist, Upperby Carlisle Cumbria
1976-76 Organist Wigton Road Methodist Church Carlisle Cumbria
1972-74 Organist & Choir director St. Anne's Church, Turton Bolton Lancashire
1968-72 Organist St Thomas Aquinas R. C. Church Darlington Co. Durham

The hyperlinks connect to pages in the database of the National Pipe Organ Register which describe the instruments.

From 2011 until 2013, Melanie worked as a freelance organist and choral director at a number of different churches in London and elsewhere in SE England.


From 1968 - 71 organ study was as a pupil of Hector C Parr FRCO and reached Associated Board Organ Grade 7 standard. From 1971 to 74 study continued with Dr Conrad Eden at Durham Cathedral and the Associate Diploma of Trinity College, London was achieved as a "teacher" of organ.

In later years, study has been limited to a few residential courses, the occasional 'masterclass/workshop', various day courses organised by the Manchester Area of the RSCM and two residential courses at Addington Palace (Understanding The Organ, directed by Anne Bond) in October 1992 and October 1993. Modules of the Foundation Certificate in Church Music Course of the RSCM were successfully comleted with the courses "Psalm Hymns & Spiritual Songs" and "Directing a Choir", the latter being led by Mike Brewer during 1995 at Huddersfield University.

Other sections of the course successfully completed included the "Accompanying a Service" module run by Martin How at Hope College, Liverpool during the spring of 1997 and the "Communications and Management" section run by Derek Froud in the autumn of 1997.

Melanie is not under the guidance of any teacher at present and practise is largely on her generously resourced home instrument.

Secular Music

Although most of the musical efforts are directed towards church music, Melanie has broad interests and in a previous guise was musical director for stage shows including this Bolton Little Theatre production of Noel and Gertie. It was some years earlier that she confirmed it was an error for her also to attempt acting and singing on-stage! Ocassional duties as a deputy on keyboards/bass with a semi-professional band have kept the breadth of musical styles alive.

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Melanie is a confirmed member of the Anglican Church. Her main daytime work is as a broadcast engineer with the British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS.com) and as a self employed broadcast consultant. She works also as an audio engineer providing music/audio-engineering services including location digital sound recording for CD and broadcast through her company of P H Music. From 2002 to 2015, she was a trustee and Membership Secretary of the British Institute of Organ Studies (BIOS).and retains a close involvement as its Publicity Officer.

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