Rodney Baldwin Organist and Choirmaster retires from his post

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Rodney Baldwin’s final Sunday as Organist and Choirmaster in St Andrew’s Church will be on Easter Sunday.

Mr Baldwin has been organist in Malahide for over 44 years – a fine record by any standards.

On hearing of his decision to retire, the Select Vestry, at their February meeting, recorded their thanks to him for his commitment to the worship life of St Andrew’s Church and wished him good health and much happiness in the years ahead.

During his time in St Andrew’s, Mr Baldwin took the church choir to sing the services at many cathedrals throughout Ireland in Britain.

As well as performing, teaching, editing, and arranging music, Mr Baldwin continues to be in great demand as an accompanist and repetiteur. Indeed, many of his students have gone on to make careers for themselves in music in both Ireland and abroad.

The Rector, the Reverend Canon David Gillespie said: “Malahide has been fortunate to have had a musician of the calibre of Mr Baldwin for almost 45 years.

“He and I have worked well together, and I wish to thank him for that. The relationship between an organist and a Rector is a crucial one but it is not always an easy one as clergy often have their own likes and dislikes when it comes to church music.

“I wish Rodney nothing but the best and will look forward to our paths crossing, as no doubt they will, in the future.”

A presentation, on behalf of the United Parishes, will be made to Mr Baldwin following the Easter Day service in St Andrew’s Church.