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PROGRAMME FOR 2018 / 2019
Saturday 26 January 2019 - Cake and Cavaille Coll at St Mary’s, Stoke Church Hall, Ipswich. 2pm – 4pm
What to do on a drear afternoon in January? Whether you are a regular attender or not, please come along to this event where you may warm yourself up and chat to your fellow members. Here in the Church Hall at St Mary’s, Stoke you will have the opportunity to listen to Roger Pulham who will give an illustrated talk on the life and work of Aristide Cavaille-Coll (1811-1899) the Parisian organ builder with some extracts from the DVD set on Cavaille Coll. To further sweeten the event there will be tea and cake. Plenty to talk about and see. Please book the date and, for catering purposes, please let our secretary, Stephen know if you intend to attend. By starting at 2.00pm with the talk we should be finished by 4pm whilst there is still some light in the sky. There is parking at the church. There will be an opportunity to rummage through piles of organ music, kindly donated by members – free to take away and use. You could also bring some of your music that you no longer use.
Roger will show parts of the documentary set of DVDs on Cavaille-Coll whose life and work influenced several generations of Parisian organists: Widor, Vierne, Guilmant etc. His instruments numbered in the many hundreds and can be found all over Europe: many of course in Paris (St. Sulpice, Notre Dame, Ste. Clotilde; Trocadero Palais, la Trinite, St. Denis), St. Ouen Rouen; St. Sernin Toulouse, Moscow Conservatoire, Manchester Town Hall, Farnborough Abbey, Carmelite Church London, Sheffield Town Hall and many, many more. Cavaille-Coll invited Lemmens the Belgian virtuoso to become organist at St. Sulpice to no avail but their protege Widor was offered the job. It has been stated that without Cavaille-Coll there would have been no French organ school which ultimately has, via teaching methods, led most us to our present destinations.
Roger writes that “anyone closely connected with organs will always be drawn closer to this man whose influence on Father Willis, Hill, and just about everyone since has been strong. Anyone playing the Widor Toccata, or anything from the French school will be within a handshake of Cavaille-Coll as these pieces were composed with his instruments in mind and sound truest on them.”
The organ at St. Teresa's Beaconsfield designed by Roger was based on the style of the French branch of the Silbermann family two generations before Cavaille-Coll.
Wednesday 20 March 2019 – A Day in North London
Two Father Willis organs to play, one at St John’s, Friern Barnet and the other at Union Chapel, Islington. 8.00am return to Ipswich circa 6.00pm.
As we shall be travelling by coach from Ipswich with a further pick-up point en route at Marks Tey, please register with our Secretary, Stephen Hogger who will give you additional details.
This will be a thrilling opportunity to dust off off copies of your Victorian and Edwardian pieces and play them on organs of their own period.