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Published: 30 Oct 2020

Everyone at Ely Cathedral is very sad to learn of the death early this morning of Dr Arthur Wills OBE. Arthur was Director of Music here between 1958 and 1990, having come to Ely in 1949 as Assistant Organist.

Current Director of Music, Edmund Aldhouse, writes: "Arthur Wills was a towering figure in English Cathedral music, and far beyond, for much of the twentieth century and to this day. As well as his daily work in Ely, he held a professorship for many years at the Royal Academy of Music. In both posts he taught and inspired countless musicians, young and adult, who went on to enrich this country's musical life. Arthur was also a virtuoso organist and a composer of distinction, with an instantly recognisable musical language, and a talent for capturing the mystery and beauty of the written word in music.

After his retirement in 1990 he continued to be a generous and unstinting supporter of Ely Cathedral's music, and a much loved and respected member of the Cathedral community. He will be sorely missed, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family."

We hope to honour Arthur's memory and music publicly in due course, and full details will appear on this website and via our social media channels.