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T im's first appearance at a public musical event was when he played the treble part in a piano duet of Frère Jacques at a Methodist Church Eisteddfod — well, he was only about 7 at the time. Since then, music has played a large part in his life, particularly after experiencing an epiphany moment hearing the "Trumpet Voluntary" played by his father for a wedding at the same Church.

His first organist post was at the local Catholic Church of Our Lady and Saint Benedict, supposedly "just for two or three years" to get the hang of playing for services. Eighteen years later, he transferred from there to become Director of Music at All Saints Church, Birchington, having sung in their choir for evening services for a number of years.

Tim enjoys writing music, much of which has been performed not only by the church choir and other local choirs, but also on occasions in Canterbury Cathedral, Rochester Cathedral, Hexham Abbey and as far afield as the USA, Nigeria and Canada. He already has music published in the UK by Animus & Fagus Music, plus one piece recorded for a commercial CD by Amemptos with another recording planned.

He writes music which is popular with the congregation. Whether for the choir or for organ Tim’s music appeals in its tunefulness and ability to set a mood. His first serious attempt at music writing — a new tune and arrangement for Christina Rossetti’s "In the Bleak Mid-Winter" — won a local competition. He's written over 100 compositions, including his Short Requiem, a Missa Brevis, a setting of an extract from Caedmon’s “Dream of the Rood”, many short anthems and quite a few hymn descants.

Aside from music, Tim spent twenty-seven years in the Civil Service before taking early retirement. He enjoys family life and walking and is a keen bell-ringer.

CanticaNOVA Publications is pleased to offer Tim's music in our catalog:

His website may be found at: Tim Attride: Organist and Composer


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