Dedication of Cross in Memory of Dr Donald Davison  
  Rosemary Davison with Andrew Ruth and Debbie  
  Canon Robert Jones and Bishop Edward Darling with Rosemary Davison
and her family (from left) Ruth Patton, Andrew Davison & Debbie Davison

On Sunday 8 October a beautiful new silver Cross, in memory of the parish's former organist, Dr. Donald Davison, was dedicated in the context of the weekly Sung Eucharist.  The Cross, which now enriches the Edward Garrett Memorial Chapel, was the gift of Donald's wife Rosemary, his daughters, Ruth and Debbie, and his son Andrew.

Donald Davison served as Organist and Choirmaster in St. John's from 1977 till his death in 2013.  Here he made an enormous musical contribution to the developing liturgical patterns as evident in both the Alternative Prayer Book (1984) and the current The Book of Common Prayer (2004). 

He was widely recognised for his influential input as Music Editor to the interim hymnal supplement Irish Church Praise (1990) and, more importantly, to the present Church Hymnal (2000), both of which contain many of his fine hymn tunes and musical arrangements.  In this respect, he worked closely with his former rector, Bishop Edward Darling, who was the General Editor of the two hymnals and who was invited back to St. John's to perform the dedication of the silver Cross which now honour's Donald's name.

  The Rector, Canon Robert Jones, gave an address based on Psalm 150, which was very appropriate as Donald spent many hours with the choir ensuring correct interpretation of each Sunday's psalm.  
  Davison family  
  Rosemary Davison with her family