Biography of Elson Reg:
I am now seventy-two years old. In youth I intended a career in keyboard performance and had it not been for a finger injury at school, I would have taken advantage of a scholarship with the Royal Academy of Music. Instead I became an orthopaedic surgeon.
Although I was never formally a pupil of either, I benefited from the friendship and encouragement of two great organists: Dr Peter Hurford who was organ scholar at Jesus College in Cambridge where I was also an undergraduate; he showed me the discipline of musical accuracy, something that I could never emulate; much later Dr Francis Jackson generously allowed me to play at York Minster and he introduced and showed me a more romantic style of organ playing. I express my sincere gratitude to these two men of musical distinction.
In semi-retirement my organ playing is complemented by sailing, scuba diving as well as continued research and medico-legal practice, Life is full!