Fr Michael Gill SSC, was previously the vicar of the two parishes of Tonypandy and Clydach Vale at the heart of the Rhondda Valley in the diocese of Llandaff in the Church in Wales for 12 years .
He read Classics at King's College in the University of London before training for the priesthood at St Michael's College, Llandaff. Following ordination in the diocese of Monmouth he served as Minor Canon of St Woolos Cathedral in Newport; this later included the post of chaplain of St Woolos Hospital. From there he went on to become Succentor and Dean's Vicar of Hereford Cathedral before returning to Wales as a Team Vicar in the Rectorial Benefice of Ebbw Vale. From Ebbw Vale he moved to the Rhondda.
He is Local Vicar of the London Chapter of Our Lord Jesus Christ Eternal High Priest in the Society of the Holy Cross (Societas Sanctae Crucis), a Priest Associate of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, a member of the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament and the Society of Mary. He also serves on London Diocesan Synod.
He is a pianist and organist. Since coming to Cranford he has played for Richmond Choral Society, played harpsichord and piano with Isleworth Baroque (now known as Richmond Opera), Richmond New Music Collective, Ormond Opera and other amateur groups and is the accompanist for the "Soprano Soprano" recital series given in Richmond by Janet Oates and Rosalind O'Dowd and visiting instrumentalists. These have included several premiers of works by contemporary composers. He has played for the Richard Strauss Society and has given the British premier of some youthful piano pieces by Strauss at one of their functions.
He was one of the organists who took part in the organ recital at the Royal Albert Hall for the 150th anniversary celebrations of the Society of the Holy Cross.
As well as playing classical organs he loves to go around playing cinema organs whenever he can. He has played a few of these in the London area including the Odeon Leicester Square, the Granada Walthamstow, the Granada Harrow and the Kew Bridge Music Museum Wurlitzer. Most recently he has played Europe's largest Wurlitzer (originally in the Trocadero Elephant and Castle) in the splendid art deco surroundings of the Troxy, Stepney. Fr Michael's last practice session there resulted in a booking of the huge conference venue for an awards evening along with the Wurlitzer.
Like so many other priests and organists, he is also an ardent railway enthusiast!
Mrs Julie Cronin
Mr Howard Mason