Colin I Jackson
If the first place that someone is made a Mason is ‘In Your Heart then W/Bro Colin Jackson has been one since the age of 13! From that age he was playing the Organ regularly at various Masonic functions in and around his native Leicestershire. He was educated at Loughborough Grammar School and achieved qualifications from theLCM and RCO as well as being a regular performer on the Organ Club circuit. He subsequently completed aBSc(Hons) and an MEd in Mathematics and its Education.Before he was even a teenager, he was a Teacher of Organ, Piano and Keyboard. Later he also taught Singing and Musical theatre to Private pupils. He combined this with a first career of being a full time Actor, Singer and Musician. He now combines it with being a schoolteacher – teaching Maths!In the early 1980s he hosted a show about organ music on local radio and this led to a weekly feature on the same station where he taught a Presenter to play live on air over a period of 13 weeks; taking him from complete novice to performing a ‘Guest’spot at a local Organ Club.He was first proposed into Freemasonry in 1985 but ended up moving to Rhodes in Greece in 1986 before he could be Initiated. Whilst there he combined his evening work as an Entertainer with running many of the Masonic tours of the city of Rhodes, especially in relation to the Knights Templar and Knights Hospitallers. This is where he first became involved in Masonic Research and the presentation of Masonic Papers, an interest which has continued to this day. Indeed, Lewis Masonic will be publishing a book of those Papers and Lectures in 2022.He is married to Ingunn and has two children, Maria and PaulJørgen who are both in their Twenties. He speaks reasonably fluent English, Norwegian, French and Greek and has a working knowledge of several others.As this book goes to press, he is currently Provincial Grand Organist (or equivalent) in five Orders. Part of his current ‘mission’ is to replace unsatisfactory Organs in Masonic Centres in the Provinces of East Anglia in order to make it easier for live music to be heard in our Lodges again.
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