Dennis Townhill

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Dennis William Townhill OBE (29 May 1925 – 18 July 2008) was an English organist and composer.

Born in Lincoln, he was educated at Lincoln School and studied under Dr Gordon Archbold Slater at Lincoln Cathedral.

Townhill composed a set of responses for use at Anglican evensong.

In 1970, Townhill became the driving force of a plan not only to safeguard the future of the Choir School of St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh but to transform it into a new and vibrant entity.[1] In 1972, the school was expanded into a specialist music school on the lines of the Yehudi Menuhin School, with Lord Menuhin becoming patron and referring to it as "my younger sister-school in Scotland".[2]

He was organist and choir master at:

He retired in 1991.[4]


  1. Obituary (Times) of Dr Denis Townhill retrieved 2009-11-02
  2. Obituary (Scotsman) of Dr Denis Townhill retrieved 2009-11-03
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Who's Who in Music. Shaw Publishing Co. Ltd. London. First Post-War Edition. 1949–50