Saturday 20th May 2017 AGM at Bentley Village Hall with an organ crawl and afternoon tea in The Case public house.

Saturday 23 September 2017

FORTHCOMING EVENTS | Suffolk Organists' Association | Events futureFestival Competition


The Council of SOA are glad to announce that we can confirm that organ classes will restored to the Festival in Autumn 2017.

They will take place on Saturday 23 September 2017. As usual entries will be taken on line and candidates should refer to the Festival syllabus for 2017. Entries are made on-line. Please refer to the Suffolk Festival website

Please note that although these competitions are intended to encourage young organists, the event is open to all organists in East Anglia and beyond.

The classes will be as follows:


  • Grades 1 – 3
  • One piece
  • 3 minutes playing time


  • Grades 4 – 5
  • Two contrasting pieces
  • 5 minutes playing time


    • Grades 6 – 7
    • Two contrasting pieces
    • 8 minutes playing time


    • Grade 8 and above
    • Three contrasting pieces
    • 20 minutes including breaks
    • Candidates in the recital class will be expected to produce a time sheet showing the length of each piece and the timing of the breaks between each. This is in line with the practice of the new ABRSM diploma ABSM which comes into operation on 1 January 2017.

    The Beginners and Transitional Classes will take place in St Mary at the Elms, Ipswich (3 Manual early Hunter) whilst the Advanced and Recital Classes will take place in St Mary at the Tower, Ipswich (3 Manual Willis/Spurden Rutt and Bishops). Candidates will be advised about practice times after entries have been received and after the closing date. Piston Settings will be notified at the same time.

    There will be a trophy for each class. The winner of the Recital Class will be awarded three Organ Recitals sometime in 2018. The three venues are Southwark Cathedral, the Moot Hall, Colchester and Methodist Central Hall, Westminster conditional on the winner gaining a mark above 90. There may be two recitals for the runner up at other venues if he or she gains a mark above 90.

    The adjudicator for 2017 is Gerard Brooks. Gerard is Director of Music at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster and Curator Organist of Christ Church, Spitalfields. He is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music and also teaches at Latymer Upper School and for the RCO Academy. Gerard is a regular tutor on RSCM and RCO courses and has also taught for the London Organ Day, Oundle for Organists and the Edinburgh Organ Academy. He is the founding Director of the London Organ Improvisation Course and is on the examination panel of the Royal College of Organists.

    If further information is required please contact Martin Ellis