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The prisoner

Don't shoot me, I'm only the organist. But I'll never snitch on a fellow inmate

By Peter Wayne   April 1999

Ever since i began my prison career, 20 years ago, I have tried to make as much use as possible of an ability acquired at school. From the age of 12, I have played the church organ. As organists (even in the real world) have become an endangered species, you can imagine how rare a breed we are within these lofty walls. I remember one occasion when, after demonstrating my skills on the manuals in a prison somewhere in middle England, the chaplain introduced me to his congregation as an emissary sent from God. Over the years I have played…

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