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Full of promise

18 January 2013

HE IS the organist at two churches in St Asaph diocese, and plays at both every Sunday. Ellis Thomas is 11 years old, and has just started secondary school, and his organ-playing earns him extra pocket money.

At St Cystennin's, Llangystennin, where he plays first, he has a two-manual organ, and at the end of that service his father, Steve, picks him up to deliver him to St Katherine's, another church in the Rhos-Cystennin team ministry, where there is an electronic organ.

He enjoys playing hymns both old and new: the old ones because of their well-known tunes, and the new "because they have a good beat to them". But he also plays voluntaries, and has a particular love of Beethoven.

His mother, Megan, tells me that it all began with a toy saxophone when he was a toddler, and his grandmother, a music teacher, accompanied him on the piano. Since then, he has passed Grade 7 in piano, and he plays the recorder and the violin. Just recently, says the Team Vicar at St Cystennin's, the Revd Peter Walker, he has played his violin at a concert in church, as well as playing with other ensembles. He is a natural performer, Mrs Thomas says, and there is no doubt that he will make music his career.

His eight-year-old brother Callum is also making his mark in church, regularly reading the lesson and taking the collection.


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