Free organ concert at St. Helena's on November 2

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The Parish Church of St. Helena is kicking off a fall concert series on Friday, November 2, at noon.

The series is free and should run for 50 minutes.

Performing will be organist Andrew Hayler and Deputy Command Chaplain at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville. 

Born and raised in Nottingham, England, Hayler was a chorister and musician attending a Church of England school. At the age of 16, he began an apprenticeship as a pipe organ builder in London and came initially to Canada and then the U.S. in 1987, matriculating at Winthrop College in Rock Hill, SC, graduating with a Bachelor of Music in organ performance (cum laude).
In addition to his service to the Beaufort Church, he was organ scholar at the Church of Our Savior, Rock Hill; associate minister of music at Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis, Mo.; and organ scholar, Nashotah House Episcopal Seminary, WI. He graduated from Seminary in 2001 and served at Grace Church in Charleston. In 2007, he was commissioned as a Navy Chaplain and he currently serves as Deputy Command Chaplain, Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, FL.

This will be the third of four free concerts featuring former organists/music directors of St. Helena's over the past twenty years. The church is concluding its celebration of its Tricentennial year (1712-2012).

The church is at 505 Church Street in downtown Beaufort.