Honorary Graduate, 10 July 2013 3pm - Mr. Ian Imlay

Posted by er134 at Jul 09, 2013 03:35 PM |
Distinguished organist and holder of Honorary Masters of Music (MMus) from Leicester

Mr Ian Imlay was born in Leicester, in close proximity to De Montfort Hall. By the age of 11, he became organist of Groby Road, Isolation Hospital chapel, earning £10 per year. At 16 he became organist of Kilby Parish Church, often deputising at St Peter’s Church in Oadby.  He continued to play the organ through his National Service, and then found himself headhunted upon his return to civilian life by members of the clergy looking for an organist.

One of them was Reverend Arthur Widdess, vicar of St Nicholas Church in Leicester’s city centre and the first Chaplain at the University of Leicester.  In 1983 the University conferred an honorary degree of Masters of Music (MMus) to Imlay and he has played the organ at all of the Degree Ceremonies ever since. Last year he was summoned to York Minster to receive the Royal Maundy from the Queen for services to church music.

Mr. Ian Imlay will be made a Distinguished Honorary Fellow at this week’s Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday 10 July.