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Organist Phillip Elliott to leave Hillsborough Parish

Phillip Elliott pictured at the three manual Snetzler organ. Phillip Elliott, who became Organist and Choirmaster of the Parish Church of St Malachy, Hillsborough in August 1999, left at the end of December at the same time as former Dean of Down, the Very Rev John Dinnen who retired from active ministry after 23 years service as Rector of Hillsborough.

Phillip Elliott is a Music graduate of Oxford University (Organ Scholar, Hertford College), a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and Organ Tutor for the Armagh Church Choir Union. Since September 2001, he has been Head of Music at Hunterhouse College, Belfast. Phillip and his family are moving to Ballydougan (near Gilford) and from January they will be worshipping at Newmills Presbyterian Church.

At a Watchnight Service on New Years Eve, the Parish Church of St Malachy resounded as Phillip presided at the three-manual Snetzler organ displaying his musical talents for the last time at Hillsborough as he brought in the New Year playing the chorale prelude, ?In dir ist Freude? (In thee is gladness), by J S Bach.