A warm welcome to our Association

Whether you love listening to this fabulous instrument or enjoy playing it, we welcome you to join us, the Suffolk Organists' Association. Each year we publish a Journal. We offer opportunities to visit churches throughout the county and further afield, recitals and lectures. We offer bursaries and advice to those of any age who would like to advance their abilities with the instrument.

The series of Monday concerts continues at RHS. The first lunchtime concert of 2018 took place on Monday 8 January at 1.30pm in the Chapel. Our SOA Council Member, Andrew Cantrill-Fenwick, played the organ with Bandmaster, Rich Harvey (trombone). Their programme was: Gordon Jacob, Four Little Pieces / William Walton, Suite from ‘Henry V’/ Georg Philipp Telemann, Fantasie in A minor / Alexander Guilmant, Marceau Symphonique, op 88 / Gabriel Fauré, Après un rêve / Leon Boellmann, Toccata (Suite Gothique)

Those of our members who remember Don Monro, a stalwart member of our Associaton and who was a frequent attendee on many of our visits, will be saddened to learn that he has died. The funeral is at Thorpe le Soken parish church at 10am on Wednesday 17 January 2018.

Details of up-coming events can be found in the 2017-2018 CALENDAR.

On Monday 13 November at 1.30pm on the Grand Organ of Royal Hospital School, Peter Wright, Organist of Southwark Cathedral and a former President of the Royal College of Organists played an excellent recital whcih was followed by a masterclass. This opportunity to play a piece of French Romantic organ music was readily taken up by Paul Austen, Andrew Garfath-Cox, Tony Dunn and Hugh Singleton.Read about it here.

Organists rely on just a very few people who have the task of maintaining and tuning our instruments with considerable skill. Andrew Stevens tunes the Royal Hospital School organ and keeps it in sound working order. He works all over the East Anglian region but also visits the Channel Islands twice yearly. Andrew Garfath-Cox was able recently to join him and his wife on one of his twice yearly visits to the islands which you can read more about here.

Andrew Garfath-Cox Webmaster and a Past President