Worcester Cathedral mourns lay clerk Ian Bell

Ian Bell [Photo: James Atkinson]

The Three Choirs Festival is sad to learn of the death on Sunday 19 April of Ian Bell, who was for many years a bass lay clerk of Worcester Cathedral and regular participant in the festival. Peter Nardone, Organist and Director of Music of Worcester Cathedral and Artistic Director of Worcester Three Choirs Festival, has circulated the following announcement:

'It is with deep sadness that I record the death of Lay Clerk, Ian Bell.

For some time Ian and his close colleagues and friends have been living with the knowledge of his terminal illness and after a period in hospital over Easter he was transferred to St Richard's Hospice where he died peacefully late last night.

During yesterday afternoon many of the Lay Clerks gathered to sing for him in his semi-conscious state, a deeply fitting gesture encouraged and appreciated by Ian's family members who, together with Canon Michael and Stephen Shellard, were by Ian's side for most of the day.

We have lost a dear colleague and friend.'
We would like to add our condolences to Ian's family, colleagues and friends.
UPDATE 25 APRIL Ian's funeral will take place in Worcester Cathedral on Thursday 21 May. All who knew Ian or valued his immense contribution to the cathedral's music are welcome to attend; early arrival for the service is recommended.
[Photo by James Atkinson used by kind permission of JDA Media]