The Foundation of the Premier Grand Lodge in 1717 - Christopher Powell

Christopher Powell was born in Lyme Regis, Dorset in 1947 and educated at the Universities of Sheffield and Cambridge (Emmanuel College). In addition to his research and playing the organ in the College Chapel, at Cambridge he supervised the work of well over a hundred undergraduates for a number of Colleges in the University.  In 1973, he moved to Wales to a post at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.  He was on the full-time staff there for the next twenty-five years holding a number of senior appointments including Head of Academic Studies and Associate Director of Music.  He also served on the Academic Board and the Governing Body of the College for a number of years.  He took early retirement on his fiftieth birthday and now spends his time lecturing and writing on a wide range of historical topics including freemasonry.  He currently divides his time between his homes in Sheffield, Yorkshire and Nice in the South of France.

Christopher Powell is a full member of three Craft Lodges including Quatuor Coronati Lodge No.2076, the Premier Lodge of Masonic Research in London.  He is a Royal Arch Mason in England and in Scotland.  He is also a Mark Master Mason, 18° Rose Croix and a Masonic Knight Templar.  As well as articles for AQC, he has published a number of monographs on different aspects of freemasonry and his recent book ‘Easy Lodge Music’ has proved very popular among Masonic organists.  He is in constant demand as a lecturer on freemasonry in lodges, chapters and at conferences.