Organist and choir director is to retire after 32 years in role

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A Bury St Edmunds church organist and choir director is to retire from his role after more than three decades.

Peter Tryon will retire as director of music at St Mary’s Church after Sunday’s choral evensong service at 6.30pm to take on the role of organist emeritus.

In his 32 years with the church, Peter has worked with three vicars; led the music for 2,688 Sunday services, 600 weddings and 120 civic services; taken 2,880 choir practices and trained about 200 choristers.

He has taken the choir on eight foreign trips, including to Israel, and the choir has sung in more than 20 cathedrals, including St Paul’s, Westminster Abbey, York, Canterbury and Norwich.

Peter, who will be succeeded by Adrian Marple, has also regularly organised ‘come and sing’ events attracting more than 100 singers.

The vicar, Canon Malcolm Rogers, said: “Peter has shown a deep commitment and passion for the worship of the church and the choir.

“He has been inspirational in maintaining the tradition of our men and boys’ choir, drawing in new recruits, and it is a testimony to him to see how many of the young men wish to continue into the back row when their voice breaks. We are going to miss him.”