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

The AGM was held at 6pm with the President, Ann Little in the chair. She reviewed the events that have taken place during the year. The new Council was voted in with Andrew Cantrill-Fenwick and Paul Austen as new members. The death of Michael Simmonds, a member of Council was recorded. The remainder of the Council was voted in enbloc. Roger Green becomes President-Elect because of his current indisposition and we welcomed Martin Ellis, our new President who then laid out his calendar of events for the year.

Earlier in the afternoon, three churches were opened for members to play the organ: St. Mary's, Bentley; St. Mary, Belstead and St Peters, Copdock where Michael Osborne was pleased to receive visitors.

Thursday 20th April 2017 Visit to London. Freemasons Hall, Church of St. Dunstan, Fleet Street and the Temple Church

It is hoped that members can travel to London by car or train and then use the tube to the three venues to enjoy A FABULOUS DAY IN LONDON!

Itinerary

  • 10.30-12.15pm Meet at Holborn Underground Station to walk to Freemason's Hall
  • 2.15pm Church of St. Dunstan's in Fleet Street
  • 3.45pm-5.15pm Temple Church

This is not a day to miss; we meet at Holborn Underground Station at 10.30am and walk to the Freemason’s Hall where we shall be able to hear and play the 50 stop Willis III/Harrison 3 manual organ (for the specification log into Grand Temple Freemason’s Hall organ). We shall have from 11.00am until 12.15pm there before going to lunch (own arrangements). There are plenty of food outlets in the area of Kingsway/Aldwych.

At 2.15pm we shall meet at the Church of St Dunstan in Fleet Street. In 2010, David Wells rebuilt the 3 manual organ which had last been rebuilt by Willis III in 1947. The opening recital was given by Thomas Trotter. We shall be able to play the organ and to have a cup of tea and biscuits (by kind provision of the Administrator) before crossing Fleet Street to the Temple Church, where George Thalben Ball was organist for almost 60 years, arriving there at around 3.45pm. We shall have an opportunity to look round this iconic medieval Church, restored after WWII in the 1950s, before 4.00pm when Martin Ellis, (an Old Templar and President designate of the Association) will introduce the fantastic 4 manual Harrison organ which received a rebuild in 2012/13.

Unfortunately neither the Director of Music, Roger Sayer, who was the soloist on the Temple organ for the music score for Hans Zimmer's soundtrack for 'Interstellar' nor Greg Morris is available that day. We have until 5.15pm to play the organ and we will be looked after by Liz Clarke, the music PA. There is a book about the organ on sale at the Church.

I am sure you will find this is a splendid opportunity to play some fine London organs so do come along!

Travel

Some people may want to travel by car to Newbury Park where there is plenty of parking space and from where you can travel to Holborn on the Central Line. Please purchase a Travelcard as it will prove cheaper than single tickets. By the way, you will find yourself having to drive to the Gants Hill roundabout returning east along the Eastern Avenue to gain access into Newbury Park Station.

If you are intending to travel by Greater Anglia from Ipswich, Manningtree or Colchester, the following is recommended:

    To London

  • Ipswich 0909
  • Manningtree 0919
  • Colchester 0929
  • Liverpool Street arr.1019
  • Central Line to Holborn Make sure you have a pre-booked Travelcard
  • From London

  • Walk from Temple Church to Blackfriars Circle Line to Liverpool Street
  • Liverpool Street dep. 1810
  • Colchester 1900
  • Manningtree 1911
  • Ipswich 1923

The cost from Ipswich using red spotted hanky.com is £ 32.85 + £ 8.10 for a travel card. You will have to buy two single tickets unless you wait until the 1908 from Liverpool Street when a return ticket will cost c. £ 26 + £ 8.10.

18th March 2017 Past Presidents' Composite Recital at St Clement's Congregational Church, Ipswich. 2.30pm

25th February 2017 "Who Needs Feet?"

An illustrated talk by Andrew Cantrill at Bentley Village Hall. 7.30pm

Our member, Drew Cantrill had prepared for the few who came a really perceptive and informative talk with excellent photos, video clips and music which enhanced his excellent and persuasive portrayal that there is music for 'manuals only' that are well worth investigating. To some, it would be a surprise to see that the technology of organ building and the addition of the pedal board (the use of feet would be a first for almost any other musical instrument) crept so slowly across the continent to our country.

No instrument has changed as much as the organ over its long history, but full pedalboards didn’t become commonplace across Europe until the middle of the 19th century! The use of the pedals grew out of Renaissance choral music, and the Norrlanda organ in Sweden is the earliest proof we have - dating from 1370. The North Germans took pedal technique to a new level of virtuosity, almost 300 years before the arrival of the concave & radiating pedalboard patented by Fr Willis in Britain in 1855.

Some composers of music for manuals only have been unjustifiably neglected. Music by Byrd, Bull, Cabanilles, CPE Bach, Wesley and Vierne can be just as satisfying to play as repertoire for manuals and pedals.

The raffle, tea and cakes were organised by the Bentley friends of our President, Ann Little. The other members who were present were Stephen Hogger, Martin Ellis and his wife Miriam, Paul Austen, Robert Waller, Gillian Wildney and Andrew Garfath-Cox.

Saturday 26 November 2016 Lunch at the Arlington, Museum Street,Ipswich

Guest speaker: David Wakefield. Music afterwards at the Unitarian Meeting House

Robert Waller reports: 12 members gathered at the Arlington for the this year's Annual Dinner with our guest speaker, David Wakefield.

As the number of members who came was few, we were fortunate enough to be in a separate room which made it a more intimate affair.

The food was good but did take a while to serve.

We invited our guest speaker to give his talk at the Arlington rather than the Meeting House. After an introduction by Ann Little, we were delighted to hear David describe how he first heard the organ as a 10 year year old and was delighted to be given a go on the organ. He joined the Navy, then in the submarine core. While in the Navy, he explained how he took every opportunity he could to play the organ for services on ships and submarines. He reminisced about the loading of a small organ through a hatch to get it on the sub! He retired from his career with the Navy after the conflict with Argentina and at some time worked for the RSCM. His continued interest in organ playing lead him when he retired to decide to have tuition on the organ and he has been a regular attendee for many years at the St. Giles Organ School until recently under the direction of Anne Marsden Thomas.

After his interesting talk, the group moved to the nearby Unitarian Meeting House where our president, Ann Little, treated us to a short recital with a French flavour which was well received. After this we retired to the church hall for tea.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ann for a splendid meeting which was enjoyed by all

Ann's recital pieces:

  • Lento No4 from an Album of soft voluntaries. L Boellman
  • Mére Marie de l'lncarnation No 2 of 'Suite Carmelite' J Francaix
  • Noel Grand Jeu et Duo no 10 of 12 Noels Louis Claud Daquin
  • Antienne Salve Regina No 3 of 'Mariales' Naji Hakem
  • After an Old French Air No 1 of 'Reflections' Percy Whitlock
  • Pasticcio No 10 of 'Organ Book' Jean Langlais

For those interested in the menu, this was the choice:

The set menu either two courses for £14.95 or three courses for £18.95.

Starters

  • A Home Made Soup of the Day
  • B Home Made Fishcakes
  • C Chicken Goujons with Garlic Mayonnaise
  • D Seafood Gratin
  • E Duck Liver Parfait with Toasted Brioche and Caramelised Onion Chutney
  • F Moules
  • Main Courses

  • G Fish and Chips
  • H Courgette, Wild Mushroom and Mascarpone Tagliatelle
  • I Home Made Burger in a Brioche Bun with Skin On Fries etc.
  • J Puy Lentil Moussaka
  • K Half a Roast BBQ Chicken with Skin On Fries and Grilled Corn on the Cob
  • L Moules served with Fries
  • Desserts

  • M Cherry Bakewell Cheesecake
  • N Sticky Toffee Pudding
  • O New York Cheesecake
  • P Ice Cream
  • Q Sorbet
  • Saturday 22 October 2016 Ladies Composite Recital

    An excellent recital was given by two ladies: our President, Ann Little and Juliette Adams, member of Council at St John's Church, Felixstowe. It was a great shame that there were only five in the audience! Stephen Hogger, our Secretary says he hopes that there will be some better attendances at future events as they take a lot of organising and notes that the expenses are the same for fifty as they were for five.

    24 September 2016 Mid Suffolk Afternoon Organ Crawl

    This event didn't take place. However on this date there was a visit from the Norfolk Organists Association, our friends over the border, who welcomed SOA members Martin Ellis and Andrew Garfath-Cox to their gathering in St. John's Church, Felixstowe with a welcome by Jeremy Prentice, organist of the church.

    Thursday 11 August IAA Recital The Ipswich Corn Exchange 1.00pm

    This second recital given by members of SOA, the previous one was two years ago, was this year performed by our distinguished members John Cooper and Peter Crompton. A very popular and successful recital on the Corn Exchange's Lewis organ. Peter and John played superbly to a very crowded audience. They thoroughly deserve our appreciation for keeping the importance of the Corn Exchange organ, and any improvements that can eventually be made to it, firmly in the public eye. Other than Peter and John, the SOA members spotted in the audience were Roger Pulham, Philip Speirs, Ann Little, Stephen Hogger, Juliette Adams, Bob Smith, Martin Ellis, June Molloy, Barry Palmer, Andrew Garfath-Cox and, our almost 102 year old member, Lilian Caudle with her daughter Rosie. All went extremely well. We were most grateful for the work done by Bishops to make the organ ready for this recital and I am sure all the audience were appreciative of this effort.

    John played: Piece d’Orgue BWV 572 by J.S.Bach; Village Variations by Andrew Carter; and Humoresque by Pietro Yon. Peter played: Mohrentanz by Susato; Pavane by Faure; Sortie by Bedard; A Memory by Friml and the concert concluded with Toccata from Symphony 5 by Widor.

    Saturday 6 August 7pm Christ Church, Tacket Street, Ipswich IP4 1AU

    Recital by our member Tony Percival. Admission is free and there will be refreshments at the interval.

    Tony will be playing music by Andriessen, Bach, Vierne, Boellmann, Rheinberger and Faure. Admission is free with a retiring collection and refreshments at the interval.

    Tony Percival

    Tuesday 12 July 2016 2pm St. Peter's Sudbury

    Talk by Roger Green on his newly published book on the relationships between organists and priests. A members' recital on the Grand Lewis Organ will follow open to all. Unfortunately this event is being postponed to a later date.

    Saturday 4 June 2016 10 am

    West Suffolk Visit to Newmarket and Bury St. Edmunds.

    • 10.00 am St. Mary's Newmarket Rushworth and Dreaper(3 manuals) welcomed by the organist Mark Rodman BEM
    • 11.30 am All Saints, Newmarket James J. Binns (2 manuals) welcomed by Brian Thatcher
    • 1.15 pm Lunch: Cote Restaurant Abbeygate Street
    • 3.00 pm St. Mary's Bury St. Edmunds welcomed by the Director of Music Adrian Marple

      Music played at St. Mary's, Newmarket

    • Andrew Garfath-Cox Reflection Daniel Bishop
    • Robert Waller Cuckoo Saint-Saens
    • Stuart Matheison Pavane Ravel / To a Wild Rose McDowell
    • Michael Bayley Two German Folktunes: Up tempo / Waltz
    • Barry Palmer Paean - A Song of Triumph Oliphant Chuckerbutty
    • Roger Green In the Sunshine Roger Green / Aka Tonbo Roger Green
    • Michaela Cottee Verset Leon Boellman / Christe lux William Blitheman
    • Robert Waller Fanfare C S Lang
    • Andrew Garfath-Cox Concerto Intermezzo R G Hailing
    • Music played at All Saints, Newmarket

    • Roger Green Elizabethan Dances II arr. Roger Green
    • Robert Waller Eventide Alec Rowley
    • Andrew Garfath-Cox Piece d'Orgue BWV 572 J S Bach
    • Michael Bayley All the Things You Are Jerome Kern / Wien bleibt Wien J Schrammel
    • >Michaela Cottee Herzliebster Jesu, was hast Du verbrochen Helmut Walcha
    • Barry Palmer St. Anthony Chorale Haydn arr Rawsthorne / The Lord's my Shepherd Jessie Irvine
    • Stuart Matheison Gymnopedie No.1 Erik Satie / Sonatina Thomas Attwood
    • Andrew Garfath-Cox England's Glory Nigel Ogden
    • Music played at St. Mary's, Bury St. Edmunds

    • Gilbert Jackson Herzlich thut mich verlange J S Bach / Lament Guilmant / Fugue C major BWV 553 JS Bach
    • Adrian Marple Sonata No.III Mendelssohn / Knightsbridge Eric Coates
    • Juliette Adams Jesu Christus, unser Heiland BWV 665 J S Bach
    • Geoffrey Boyle Offertoire Grand Jeu + Plein Jeu Couperin
    • Robert Waller Prelude New Commonwealth Vaughan Williams
    • Roger Green Trumpet Voluntary Jeremiah Clarke
    • Michael Bayley Fine and Dandy arr Robin Richmond / The Loxam Bounce Arnold Loxam
    • Barry Palmer Fanfare for a Bride Noel Rawsthorne
    • Andrew Garfath-Cox Prelude on Darwall's 148th Percy Whitlock / Vesper Voluntaries No 1 and 11 Elgar
    • Stuart Matheison Largo G F Handel

    Saturday 21 May 2016 2pm

    AGM 21 May 2016
    AGM 2016

    The AGM will be held in the Lecture Room of St. Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds at 3pm

    The afternoon will start at 2pm with an organ recital by James Thomas, Organist and Master of the Choristers

    James played the following programme:

    • Sonata No.7 in F minor Op127 Josef Rheinberger
    • Le Cygne Camille Saint-Saens arr. Alexandre Guilmant
    • Chorale No.2 Cesar Franck

    Members enjoyed listening to James's fine playing and the rendering of Guilmant's arrangement of Le Cygne was exquisite. We are most grateful to James for opening our 82nd Annual General Meeting so impressively with all the different colours of the organ artfully included in his choice of programme.

    The main organ at St. Edmundsbury Cathedral was built by Harrison and Harrison of Durham in 2010, much of the old organ was unreliable and when it was removed from the organ chamber, much of it was disposed of. Its replacement has four manuals and 59 speaking stops encased in the Quire case and the Transept case each decorated to match its position in the cathedral. Before it was ready for its inauguration on Advent Sunday, 28 November 2010, each of the 3500+ pipes had to be 'voiced' both on their own and in combination with others. The fine result was a brand new organ for the cathedral, the newest cathedral organ in England.

    Saturday 23 April 2016 12 noon

    ANNUAL LUNCHEON The Fox Inn, The Street, Newbourne, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4NY 01473 736307 12.15pm for 12.45pm

    The Association’s Annual Luncheon took place at this attractive hostelry in the pretty village of Newbourne, close to the River Deben some 20 minutes’ drive (7½ miles) from Ipswich. The President welcomed the twenty-one members who had come to this most enjoyable and cheerful social occasion especially thanking James Crowe for his meticulous organisation and his choice of a splendid location. The President also welcomed,in particular, Gillian Cleaver who had come with her helper Mary. Gillian has been a stalwart member of the Association for very many years. After more than 3 hours of convivial chatter, the members departed fully satisfied with their chosen fare and the hospitality shown by the staff of the Inn.

    The Fox is a wonderful 16th-century building set in pretty grounds with a secluded rose garden and a well-stocked pond. It is one of Suffolk’s best-kept secrets. It is at the centre of the Newbourne community who always provide an enthusiastic welcome. The Inn offers fine food with typical dishes on the menu, including classic Fritto Misto, Sea Bass fillets, Shepherd’s Pie, “This little Piggy” and the house’s famed Seafood Gratin. A wide range of perfectly conditioned ales such as Adnams, St. Austell Tribute and Woodfordes Wherry as well as a great selection of wines.

    Our members were able to opt for either a 2-course or a 3-course meal. Each course had multiple choices, and the cost of £20.00 or £25.00 respectively was fully inclusive of a large (250ml) glass of wine (or soft drink) and the service of tea and coffee.

    Many members met again in the evening at 7.00pm, where our member and Past President Peter Crompton played an organ recital at the Royal Hospital School, which was a thrilling conclusion to our most pleasurable day.

    Saturday 23 April 2016 7.00pm

    Peter Crompton Organist Emeritus Royal Hospital School played the Grand Organ in the school's chapel with many members of the SOA present gathered in a large and appreciative audience. Peter's appealing programme warmed the audience on this rather cold April evening. His page turner was our student member Ben Banks, Crompton Organ Scholar at RHS. Members Andrew Cantrill, Tony Dunn and Gillian Wildney, Michaela Cottee and Dave Kinnersley, who had other duties during the day, were present.

    • Sortie Bedard
    • Toccata in F major BWV 540 JS Bach
    • Pomp & Circumstance March No. 4 in G major Elgar
    • Aria Manz
    • Toccata on Vom Himmel Hoch Edmundson
    • Adagio for Strings Barber
    • Impromptu Vierne
    • Te Deum Hymne d’Actions de Graces Langlais
    • The Ride of the Valkyries Wagner

    Saturday 19 March 2016

    High Suffolk Stradbroke, Eye, Occold and Bedingfield and lunch at The Black Horse Thorndon Stradbroke

    James Crowe organised a splendid tour of four churches and the following members were present: Ann Little, Gillian Wildney, David and Janet Brand, Bob and Anne Smith, Christopher Moore, Roger Green, Peter Tyron, Peter Crompton, Barry Palmer, Martin Ellis, Robert Waller, Gilbert Jackson and his mother, Andrew Garfath-Cox, Tony Dunn, Michael Bayley and James Crowe. Unfortunately Michaela Cottee was unable to be with us.

    Stradbroke All Saints

    We were welcomed by Douglas Chittock playing the 1873 Holdich organ who started the morning with • Meditation from Thaïs Jules Massenet and • Trumpet Voluntary Jeremiah Clark

    • Pedal Key action Stop action Compass-low C Compass-high f1 Keys 30
    • 1: Bourdon Pedal Pipes 16
    • Great Key action Stop action Compass-low C Compass-high f3 Keys 54 2: Open Diapason 8 3: Stop Diap & Clarabella 8 4: Principal 4 5: Flute 4 6: Fifteenth 2 7: Mixture 1 1/2
    • Swell Key action Stop action Compass-low C Compass-high f3 Keys 54 Enclosed 8: Dulciana Diapason 8 9: Stopped Diapason 8 10: Principal 4 11: Twelfth 2 2/3 12: Fifteenth 2 13: Trumpet 8

    Members then played

    • Robert Waller • Stabat Mater Alan Viner
    • Tony Dunn • More Palatino J.P. Sweelinck
    • Gillian Wildney • Air on a G string J.S. Bach
    • Gilbert Jackson • Prelude in G minor BWV 558 J.S. Bach
    • Barry Palmer • Christ be our Light Bernadette Farrell • There is a hope Stuart Townend
    • Michael Bayley • Dance of the Honeybees Benjamin Richmond
    • Ann Little • Toccata from BWV 564 J.S. Bach
    • James Crowe • Improvisation on the hymn-tune Chorus Angelorum
    • Andrew Garfath-Cox • Wedding Day Ronald Watson

    St. Peter and St. Paul, Eye Parish Church

    Our hosts were Peter Lee and Colin Bartlett. Peter demonstrated the instrument with an improvisation that built to a climax from very soft stops. Colin gave a survey of the organs in the church over the last 500 years and the circumstances that led to the removal of the Walker organ and recent replacement by the 1888 J. J. Binns organ from St. Mark, Woodhouse, Leeds, a redundant church in Leeds which has been renovated and installed in 2015 by E. J. Johnson and Son (Cambridge) Ltd. A plaque is attached to the new detached console provided in memory of Ethel Annie Casebow (1923-2012) née Ethel Everard of Everard Shipping Co.

    Organ specification

    • Pedal Organ. Contra Bourdon 32 Open Diapason 16 Violone 16 Sub Bass 16 Flute Bass 8 Principal 8 Violoncello 8 Contra Posaune 32 Trombone 16 Posaune 16
    • Great organ. Bourdon 16 Open 1 8 Open 2 8 Dulciana 8 Harmonic Flute 8 Wald Flute 4 Ocatve 4 Twelfth 2 2/3 Fifteenth 2 Mixture 3 ranks Trupet 8 Clarion 4
    • Swell Organ. Borudon 16 Open Diapason 8 Salicional 8 Voix Celeste 8 Stopped Diapason 8 Harmonic Flute 4 Ocatve 4 Piccolo 2 Mixture 3 ranks Contra Fagotto 16 Cornopean 8 Oboe 8 Vox Humana 8
    • Choir Organ. Open Diapason 8 Viol d'Orchestre 8 Lieblich Gedact 8 Dolce 8 Suabe Flute 4 Clarionette 8 Tuba (unenclosed) 8 Cymbelstern

    Members then played

    • Robert Waller • St John Damascene Noel Rawsthorne
    • Gilbert Jackson • Lament Alexandre Guilmant
    • Andrew Garfath-Cox • Festive Trumpet Tune David German
    • Tony Dunn • Toccata and Fugue in D minor J S Bach
    • Michael Bayley • East Anglian March Richard Webb• Prelude in E flat J Stuart Archer
    • Gillian Wildney • Reflection Daniel Bishop
    • Roger Green • Allegro Festivo Noel Rawsthorne
    • Martin Ellis • Scherzo in E Gigout
    • Ann Little • The Fifers Francois Dandrieux • Aria Noel Rawsthorne
    • Peter Crompton • Tu es Petra Henri Mulet
    • Peter Tryon • Fugue from Sonata No.6 Mendelssohn

    Lunch at the Black Horse Thorndon

    St. Michael Occold

    The Churchwarden, Stephen Hubner, welcomed us and we played the single manual Bevington four stop organ and short one octave pedalboard organ of unknown date.

    Organ specification

      Manual Key action Stop action Compass-low C Compass-high f3 Keys 54
    • 1: Open Diapason 8 2: Dulciana 8 3: Stopt Diapason 8 bass 4: Principal 4

    Members played.

    • Michael Bayley • March from Die Zauberflote Mozart
    • Gilbert Jackson • Offertory in B flat Alexandre Guilmant
    • Andrew Garfath-Cox • Celtic Lament Noel Rawsthorne
    • Ann Little • Unter der Linden grune Sweelinck

    St. Mary Bedingfield

    We were welcomed by the organist Jean Waddell who has played at this church and two others for more than 50 years to play their Norman and Beard two manual organ. At the end of the session, we repaired to the Village Hall across the road where afternoon tea was served with an abundance of homemade cakes prepared by the ladies of the church for our enjoyment.

    Organ Specification

    • Pedal Key action Stop action Compass-low Compass-high Keys 1: Bourdon 16
    • Great Key action Stop action Compass-low C Compass-high g3 Keys 56 2: Wald Flute 4 ? 3: Flauto Traverso 8 ? 4: Open Diapason 8
    • Swell Key action Stop action Compass-low C Compass-high g3 Keys 56 Enclosed 5: Principal 4 6: Lieblich Gedact 8 7: Horn Diapason 8

    Members played

    • Tony Dunn • Prelude BWV 556 J S Bach
    • Gilbert Jackson • No. 1 for Eight short preludes and fugues BWV 553 J S Bach
    • Robert Waller • Mary at the foot of Jesus Quentin Thomas
    • Barry Palmer • Be Still My Soul an arrangement of Finlandia by Sibelius • All Glory Laud & Honor Melchior Teschner
    • Gillian Wildney • Aria Dr. Blow
    • Andrew Garfath-Cox • Canzona Second movement of Organ Sonata in C minor Percy Whitlock
    • Michael Bayley • Royal Windsor John Farman

    Saturday 5 March 2016

    The Thirtieth London Organ Day Southwark Cathedral German Masters

    This IAO event ably planned by the Artistic Director, Tom Bell and organised by the staff and volunteers of the IAO. The spirit of the day was inspired by the centenary of the death of Max Reger and we were to hear works by other German masters J S Bach, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Rheinberger, Schumann and Schmidt too. Tom said he had chosen Southwark Cathedral because of the wonderful TC Lewis organ of the cathedral and a German connection. Thomas Christopher Lewis (1833-1915), one of the leading organ builders of late 19th Century Britain was heavily influenced by the work of Heinrich Edmund Schulze (1824-1878) last of five generations of German organ builders.

    Our SOA members turned out in full strength with David Banister, Michaela Cottee, Martin Ellis, Andrew Garfath-Cox, Ann Little, Anthony Percival and Mike Pluck present. Peter Wright, Organist of the cathedral opened with Prelude in B minor BWV 544 and gave information about the organ and the fact that with no choir school, nevertheless his predecessors and he himself had kept the music of the cathedral at a high standard. He then played Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue from Sonata No 8 of Rheinberger and concluded with Reger's Dankpsalm Op 145 No 2, a most impressive work. He reminded us that they aim to repair and restore this great instrument particularly wishing to update the console. This would allow more performing aids to be incorporated helping, especially on a day like this one, the setting up of combinations of stops more easily. He encouraged us to give any donation that might help towards this project.

    The day continued with a splendid recital by Henry Fairs: first, a delightful arrangement of JSB's Prelude and Fugue in B flat minor by Reger, next a very quiet reflective piece, Melodia by Reger, followed by the Allegro Maestro written in 1855 by JPE Hartmann, a Danish composer from his Sonata in G minor, then the Four Sketches of Schumann and finishing his excellent playing with the great work of Reger: Phantasie and Fuge über den Namen B-A-C-H.

    The afternoon performances were equally enjoyable with a recital by Tom Bell with a fully Brahms programme which included Nos. 2, 4, 5 and the very beautiful piece No. 10 from Elf Choralspiele Opus post.122 together with two Praeludium and Fugue, one in g-moll, the other in a-moll. Graham Barber gave a talk putting Reger in the context of the musical, cultural and political events occurring during Reger's short life with slides, excerpts of recorded music and also those which he played on the piano. This was followed by the work of Tom Daggett, an organist and educator who is developing most enthusiastically an outreach programme for St. Paul's Cathedral and who holds the Order of the British Empire Organ Outreach Fellowship. His aim is to reach thousands of children in schools who may have had no experience of seeing an organ or hearing the huge variety of music that an organ can play and getting them to sing so that they can become part of this cultural heritage and participate in an enjoyable group activity. The final recital of Reger, Franck, Schumann and Schmidt's Toccata in C-dur was played with consummate skill by Bernard Haas, now Professor of Organ at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich.

    Our splendid day immersed in the music of the German Masters and listening in particular to the great variety of styles that Reger used in his composition of organ music, which we learned was only a part of his expansive oeuvre, gave us new insights and reminded us that Reger's harmonic language is not solely just black ink on the manuscript. The next London Organ Day is on 4 March 2017 at The Dutch Church and the theme is Stylus Phantasticus with the music of Buxtehude, Bach, Sweelinck and Frescobaldi.

    Saturday 13 February 2016 2.30pm

    Desert Island Discs Interview of John Cooper by Juliette Adams at St. Mary at Stoke Church Hall, Ipswich IP2 8DA

    We are very delighted that we will have the opportunity to hear John Cooper FRCO give his thoughts on church music and related topics from his extensive wealth of experience. John will be interviewed by Juliette Adams in a format similar to Desert Island Discs and the afternoon will begin at 2.30pm in the church hall of St. Mary at Stoke, Belstead Road, Ipswich IP2 8DA. There will be refreshments and we ask that donations be made to cover our costs of the afternoon. Juliette would be grateful if you could phone her on 01473 226664 to let her know that you will be coming (for catering, etc.) John has recently recorded a CD to mark the 100th aniversary of Bishops, local organ builders and this will be on sale. This is not an occasion to be missed and we welcome you to it. Read more about John.

    This was a most interesting occasion and a very good turn out by members and guests. John Cooper with his wife Ute; our interviewer Juliette Adams, a member of Council; Geoff Cooley who had been John's assistant at St. Mary Le Tower; Stephen Hogger who dealt with playing the music John had chosen; Simon Pulham, organ builder from Bishops who brought along the CD of John playing the organ of St. Clement's Church, Ipswich in celebration of the 100th anniversary of that instrument which is maintained by Bishops; from St. Mary at Stoke, John and Brenda Barbrook; current members of Council, Andrew Garfath-Cox, Roger Pulham, Robert Waller, Peter Crompton, James Crowe with his wife, Fiona; Ann Little a former President; Philip Speirs, a former Treasurer with his wife Janet; Arthur and Pamela Jones; Barry Palmer; Gregory Frostick; June Molloy; Gillian Wildney.

    Saturday 30 January 2016 1pm - 7pm

    Bloomsbury Organ Day, at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue WC2H 8EP

    Philip Luke, a member of SOA encourages all members of SOA and friends to attend an afternoon of organists' delight. Admission is free until 6pm. This year's subject is METAMORPHOSES (partitas, passacaglias, variations...). With afternoon recitals, presentations, and displays, then at 5pm the famous Bloomsbury Buffet (£5) and concluding with the celebrity recital by John Scott Whiteley, Organist Emeritus of York Minster at 6pm (£5). One of the presentations will be given by our esteemed Treasurer and former President Roger Pulham.

    John Scott Whiteley, educated at Royal Holloway College, University of London and the Royal College of Music after which he was awarded scholarships to study with Maestro Fernando Germani in Siena and Professor Flor Peeters in Malines. He will be a familiar figure from his Bach recitals on TV wearing his dark overcoat and dark glasses!

    For those who do not know the organ, it is a fine-sounding 3-manual, 52 speaking stops, with a 32’ reed and tuba, a sensitive amalgamation of two Binns organs, which some SOA members have played during previous trips to London.

    We were welcomed by the organiser of the Bloomsbury Organ Day, Philip Luke, Organist of the church and his wife Carol who manned the admission desk for tickets for the recital and the splendid buffet tea. His inspiration for the day was that music is not a random succession of sounds, cobbled together with little thought, but a much more logical progression of ideas based often on just a few basic ideas and his challenge to the performers and presenters was to show the various processes by which a long and complex piece can be built up from a composer's or designer's initial ideas. By the end of the event we were in no doubt that this is the case and the talent of those who demonstrated these structures in beautiful music or design was second to none.

    The generosity of the church in allowing such an event was much appreciated by the large number of attendees at these lectures and recitals in the afternoon which concluded with the magnificent recital by John Scott Whiteley. All the performers had given considerable thought on how to present the theme of Metamorphosis and equally John's artfully chosen programme was no exception. He took as his first theme =Metamorphosis through sequential development= using earlier and later forms of the Prelude and Fugue in D major BWV 532 including his own reconstruction of the form of a Prelude which would have predated Bach's own elaborate one. His second theme was =Metamorphosis through sequential composition= Here we were brought the work of Philip Glass showing the power of repetition in musical development in his compositions Metamorphoses I, II and III. Already by this point in the recital we had been entertained and educated by a highly inspirational performance but we were now to be inducted even further with two mighty compositions which would illustrate his third theme =Metamorphosis of themes through transformation=. The first piece was Priere (Op.20) by Cesar Franck and then Franz Liszt's Fantasia and Fugue on Ad no, ad salutarum undam. John's wealth of knowledge shone in his introductions to each of these three themes of metamorphosis delivered with his characteristic good humour. Notwithstanding the full programme that he already played, the thrilled audience applauded with such pleasure that John gave us an encore of a piece by Saint-Saens.

    Highlights of the day were: the opening talk by Philip Norman introducing the theme of the day with very apposite excerpts to show how music is developed and metamorphoses; six students of the RCO Academy under the leadership of Ann Marsden Thomas who played masterfully; two further excellent recitals by Joshua Stephens playing Bach, Buxtehude and Widor and Richard Brasier playing Schumannm Mendelssohn and Mathias; the Hermes Experiment; and an excellent talk and slide presentation by Roger Pulham about organ cases through different historical periods to the present day.

    Saturday 23 January 2016 10.30am - 11.30am

    Recital at Museum Street Methodist Church, Ipswich (entrance through Black Horse Lane) Martin Ellis (Organ) and Dominic Joyce (Bass Baritone)

     

    Dominic is a former choral scholar of St Mary le Tower, Ipswich and both Martin and Dominic are members of SOA. Admission is free but there will be a retiring collection in aid of church funds. Tea and Coffee available from 10am.

    PROGRAMME

    • Toccata in D minor 1912 Gaston Bélier 1863 - 1938
    • Two Chorale Preludes on melodies in the Silesian Lutheran Hymnbook 1912: Trio: Gottlob, es geht nunmehr zum Ende Sarabande: O Jesu Christ, mein Lebens Licht Sigfrid Karg-Elert 1877 - 1933
    • From Oedipus 1692 : Music for a while Henry Purcell 1659 - 1695
    • From Bible Songs Op.113 1910: A Song of Freedom (Psalm 126) Charles Villiers Stanford 1852 - 1924
    • Toccata and Fugue in D minor BVW 565 Johann Sebastian Bach 1685 - 1750
    • Ronde Française Op 37 1896 Léon Boëllmann 1862 - 1897
    • From South Pacific 1949: Some Enchanted Evening Richard Rodgers 1902 - 1979 & Oscar Hammerstein II 1895 - 1960
    • Sea Fever 1913 John Ireland 1879 - 1962
    • From Myrthen (Myrtles) Widmung (Dedication) Op. 25/1 1840 Robert Schumann 1810 - 1856
    • Chelsea Fayre 1913 Reginald Goss Custard 1877 - 1956
    • Pomp and Circumstance Military March No.4 Edward Elgar 1857 - 1934

    Saturday 9 January 2016 10.00am

    Visit to St. Mary's, Saffron Walden (plus a Hauptwerk demo) and the 1821 Henry Lincoln organ at Thaxted Parish Church

    Our hosts at St. Mary's Saffron Walden were Peter De Vile and Andrew Malcolm, Organist Emeritus. Peter had made the arrangements for us to play the four manual organ and supplied each of the group with a booklet describing the organs that had been installed in the church since 1451.

    A new organ built by TC Lewis & Co of Brixton was dedicated on a Tuesday evening in November 1885 with over a thousand people in the congregation which concluded with the organist playing Mendelssohn's Sonata No.3 and it was reported that 'loud were the praises...of the tone of the instrument, and the execution of the performer'. By 1910 with snow melting under the lead roof and dripping into the instrument costly repairs were essential and Norman and Beard of Norwich undertook the work with a detached console with pneumatic action. The vicar noted on discovery of the state of the old organ that 'it redounds greatly to the credit of the Organist that there are people in the congregation who say they cannot see or hear anything the matter with the organ'. In 1952, the organ console was moved to the rood screen still with pneumatic action!

    In 1971, the organ was rebuilt by Hill, Norman and Beard now with electric action and several new stops including the Trompeta Real placed above the south screen. A further major overhaul by David Wells of Liverpool in 1996-1997 was celebrated by Dr. Martin Neary, Organist and Master of the Choristers of Westminster Abbey. In 1997 with the addition of a fourth manual, three electronic stops were added and this phase of completion was marked by a recital by Prof. Ian Tracey, at the time Organist of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, now Organist Titulaire.

    The instrument now has four manuals, with five keyboard divisions (Solo, Swell, Great, Bombarde and Choir and the organ has a very solid foundation with the Trompeta Real continuing down to the pedal organ at 16 foot pitch.

    On our arrival Andrew Malcolm gave a demonstration through excerpts from well known pieces listed on paper with the divisions of the organ that were being used. With this guide we were able to hear the huge variety of sound that is available from this instrument and later to see if we could match his splendid performance. Andrew then most kindly invited us to visit his home where we were able to play his beautifully constructed three stop tracker action two manual and pedal Skrabl organ in his music room with grand piano and also demonstrated the Hereford Cathedral sample set on his Hauptwerk organ.

    We reconvened in the afternoon at Thaxted Parish Church were we welcomed by two ladies of the church, Sybil King, an indefatigable fund raiser and Ann Pickhaven, secretary of the fund raising committee who spoke to us of the effort involved in the refurbishment by Goete and Gwynn of the 1821 Henry Lincoln organ to full working order. It is the earliest surviving English church organ which retains all its original parts, and looks, sounds and plays as it did originally. It is not in its original home, which was St John’s Chapel Bedford Row in London, but was moved to Thaxted by Holdich in 1858. It was thrilling to play an organ that had been played by Gustav Holst who had lived in Thaxted. His composition, The Planets Suite, made playing a rendering of his tune 'Thaxted', associated with the words 'I vow to thee my country' de rigeur. The three manual Lincoln organ with its short keyboard on the top manual and straight pedal board only down to F did justice to the power and beauty of this well known tune.

    At both churches, both magnificent architecturally with such contrasting instruments, the group had plenty of time to play a wide variety of music suited to each organ as below.

    Hosts at Saffron Walden Peter De Vile and Andrew Malcolm

    Opening by Andrew Malcolm Organist Emeritus with a demonstration of the organ with the following excerpts:

    • Vierne Berceuse Swell strings. Solo Flute, then Gt. flute
    • Drayton Pavane Swell flutes 8&4, Ped. 16, Solo Clarinet, then oboe
    • Campbell Canterbury Improvisations Soft 8 flues, Gt,Sw,Ch coupled
    • Couperin Chaconne Gt then Sw then Bombarde then Ch. choruses
    • CS Lang Tuba Tune Tromba (rpt. plus Bombarde Open) Gt 8,4,2
    • Karg-Elert Nun Danket Full Swell
    • Campbell Gaudeamus Solo Trompeta, then plus Sw plus full Gt
    • Peeters Ave Maris Stella Ends with full organ, minus Trompeta
    Members then performed:
    • Peter Tryon Fantasia & Fugue in G minor BWV 542 J S Bach
    • David Banister Romance sans Paroles Bonnet // Sortie Lefebure-Wely
    • Philip Speirs Reflection Daniel Bishop // Elegy Thalben-Ball
    • Roger Green Three Liturgical Preludes George Oldroyd // Sortie II Roger Green
    • Michaela Cottee St. Anne (40 Hymn Tune Preludes) CS Lang // Herzliebster Jesu, was hast du verbrochen Helmut Walcha
    • Andrew Garfath-Cox Aria Ian Tracey // Prelude on 'Darwall's 148th" Percy Whitlock// Sleigh Ride (arr. Thomas Trotter) Leroy Anderson
    • Michaela Cottee Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr Sweelinck // Jesu meine Freude Partita 5 Walther
    • Stuart Matheison Pavane (arr. Richard Lloyd) Ravel // Largo from Serse (arr. Noel Rawsthorne) Handel
    • Andrew Garfath-Cox Pomp and Circumstance March No.1 Elgar

    Afternoon in Thaxted Parish Church on the 1821 Lincoln organ with hosts Sybil King and Ann Pickhaven

    Members played:
    • Peter Tryon Trumpet Tune in D major David Johnson // Dansyre Tylman Susato
    • Roger Green The Heavens Declare Benedetto Marcello
    • David Banister Presto Pescetti// Hornpipe Henry Purcell // Adagio GF Handel
    • Andrew Garfath-Cox 'Thaxted' from Planets Suite Gustav Holst // Aria Flor Peeters
    • Philip Speirs Prelude CS Lang
    • Michaela Cottee Trumpet Voluntary John Travers // Voluntary in D minor William Boyce
    • Andrew Garfath-Cox 'Hyfrodol' Henry Coleman // Liebster Jesu, Wir sind hier BWV 731 JS Bach
    • Stuart Matheison Nocturne from Midsummer Night's Dream Felix Mendelssohn // March from Scipio GF Handel // Gymnopaedie Eric Satie

    Saturday 14 November 2015 2.00pm

    'What shall we play?'

    Museum Street Methodist Church Ipswich

    A time to share ideas about the vast repertoire of Preludes based on Hymn Tunes. Bring with you compositions within this genre. Why not bring another organist who is currently not a member? The meeting will be held around the console which is up on the balcony - there is a Stannah lift for those who need it.

    Why not make a day of it? In the morning at Museum Street too,

    Martin Ellis is playing another popular recital at 10.30am.

    We hope to meet for lunch in the same restaurant as we did for the AGM in May: @twenty5. A good time to share fellowship! The day will end with Tea and Cake at 4.00pm. Martin's recital PROGRAMME:
    • Grand Choeur (alla Handel) in D Op.18 No.1 1866 Alexandre Guilmant (1837 – 1911)
    • From Six Hymn Tune Preludes 1945: Prelude on ‘Werde Munter’ Percy Whitlock (1903 – 1946)
    • From Dix Pieces 1892: Scherzo in E Eugène Gigout (1844 – 1925)
    • Fantasia and Fugue in G published 1913 C Hubert H Parry (1848 – 1918)
    • From Orgelbüchlein: O Mensch, bewein’ dein’ Sunde gross BWV 622 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
    • From Three New Impressions Op.142 1930: Valse mignonne Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877 - 1933)
    • Prelude on the Hymn Tune Durness(Douglas Fox) 1977 Barry Ferguson (born 1942)
    • From Suite Op.70 1959 Toccata Paul Creston (1906 - 1985)

    Martin Ellis after his morning recital and his wife, Miriam, who had been page turner for her husband joined Michaela Cottee and Dave Kinnersley, and the President, Andrew Garfath-Cox, for a convivial lunch in the ancient beamed upper room of the restaurant @twenty5.

    The afternoon was an opportunity to learn in a well attended session of the very considerable repertoire based on well known hymn tunes available to organists for the different seasons and festivals of the church's year. We listened attentively to a variety of pieces of varying levels of difficulty noting that simple pieces can truly be very effective in setting a tone to the theme of a service. It was an opportunity to compare styles of composition using the same hymn tune: 'Veni, veni Emmanuel' in an arrangement by Rebecca Te Velde with 'O come, O Come Emmanuel' by Gordon Young; 'Aberystwyth' by Healey Willan with 'Aberystwyth' by C Hylton Stewart.

    We also learned new insights from discussion about some less well known composers such as William Wordsworth, who had been a teacher at Brentwood School, the very prolific output of two American composers Gordon Young, whose 'Prelude in Classic Style' is part of standard repertoire made know to British audiences by the late loved Carlo Curley and of Searle Wright. Our member, Roger Green, played two of his own pieces which were very well received with a positive expression of desire by those listening that he should publish them. He also reminded us that this collection might go alongside a book he is writing on 'Relationships: Organists and Vicars' where he appealed for evidence from the members present.

    This enjoyable meeting was opened by the generous welcome of John Werne, organist of the church for the past 20 years and came about by a suggestion of Juliette Adams and organised by Martin Ellis and Miriam, who very kindly at the end of the two hour session provided the tea and cakes that concluded a very joyful afternoon of music and informative, amusing conversation.

    • John Werne Prelude on 'Bread of Life' Gordon Young
    • Roger Green 'Little Cornard' on the tune Hills of the North Rejoice Roger Green; 'Sine Domine' on Vaughan Williams tune for For all the Saints Roger Green
    • Robert Waller Choral Prelude: Caswall Peter Hurford
    • Michaela Cottee Veni, Veni Emmanuel Arr. Rebecca Te Velde 'O come, O come Emmanuel' Gordon Young
    • Andrew Garfath-Cox 'This Endrys Night' George Oldroyd
    • Martin Ellis Brother James' Air Searle Wright; 'Saffron Walden' William Wordsworth
    • Juliette Adams 'Melcombe' Healey Willan 'Aberystwyth' Healey Willan
    • Andrew Garfath-Cox 'Aberystwyth' C. Hylton Stewart; 'St. Peter' C Hylton Stewart
    • Barry Palmer 'Great is thy Faithfulness' Arr. Marilyn Arison; 'It came upon a midnight clear' Noel Rawsthorne
    • Other members present were: Paul Austen; Graham Eldridge; Dave Kinnersley; and a member of the church: Melanie Phillips

    Saturday 14 November 2015 St Andrew's Church, Rushmere St Andrew, Ipswich 7.30 pm

    This is another event that members might like to attend: Entitled 'A Voyage Round Our Organ', it will be an audiovisual exploration of the organ at Rushmere hosted by Mike Osborne, our organ builder, who will guide us (with the aid of a video camera) through some of the mysteries of its inner workings. Alan Loader (Organist and Director of Music), a member of SOA, will provide some appropriate musical illustrations. A modest admission charge of £5 to cover the cost of heating and refreshments, (wine and cheese in the Church Hall), with any profits going to the Organ Fund. The Voyage should last about an hour.

    Saturday 24th October 2015 at 3pm Opening Recital by Ian Tracey,Organist Titulaire Liverpool Cathedral to Eye Church

    Ian Tracey will be gving the first performance on the newly installed J. J. Binns organ built in the north of England in 1888 and now transferred to Eye. This majestic instrument will bring to this Suffolk parish one of this country’s finest examples of Victorian organ building. Thanks to their supporters and the skills of the organ builders, E. J. Johnson & Son (Cambridge), their dream is about to be realised! Eye Church will be producing a truly exceptional quality of organ music before this summer is out, to attract, encourage and stimulate organists from near and far. Let's turn out as SOA supporters to this event!

    To a very large and appreciative audience including members of SOA, Professor Ian Tracey demonstrated the majestic Binns organ in celebration of its installation from its original home in Leeds with a splendid programme where he exhibited the range of tonal colours of this 3 manual organ with Tuba, Cymbelstern and 32 Contra Posaune. His highly imaginative choice of recital programme was injected too with his amusing anecdotes and his infectious humour. As an encore Ian played Widor's Toccata with panache and from memory. A truly brilliant world-class organist.

    • Overture to 'The Occasional Oratorio' Handel arranged by W T Best
    • Adagio in G Thomaso Albinoni
    • Chaconne in D J S Bach in Goss-Custard arrangment
    • Three Musical Clocks Haydn
    • Capriol Suite Peter Warlock
    • Suite Gothique (Choral, Menuetto, Prière, Toccata) Léon Böellman
    • Elegy (Organ Symphony) Percy Whitlock
    • Simple Gifts (Appalachian Melody) arranged Virgil Fox
    • From 'Nutcracker Suite' Danse de la Fée-Dragée, Danse Arabe, Danse des Mirlitons Tchaikovsky arr. Tracey
    • Lied to the Sun (Lied Symphony, Op. 66) Flor Peeters

    Thursday 15 – Saturday 17 October 2015 SOA Autumn visit to North West of England: Liverpool Metropolitan, Chester, and Blackburn Cathedrals and Christ Church, Port Sunlight

    Peter Crompton has arranged a superb visit for us to the North West. We shall play four of the most outstanding instruments in the British Isles: Metropolitan Cathedral, Blackburn, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and Chester Cathedral and as a bonus we shall visit the restored Father Willis organ at Port Sunlight. And on the Saturday we shall attend Choral Evensong at 3pm which will be followed by an anniversary recital by Ian Tracey at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.

    Certainly not an occasion to be missed. Overnight accommodation will be in a Premier Inn. Travel: car or shared car.

    Four 4 manual instruments played at Blackburn Cathedral, Liverpool Metropolitan, Chester and Port Sunlight. A truly magnificent event organised by Peter Crompton and Roger Pulham. We particularly thank the Organists for their splendid hospitality and inspiring playing: Samuel Hudson (Blackburn Catherdal), Richard Lea (Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral), Philip Rushforth (Chester Cathedral) and David Speechley (Port Sunlight URC Church). The event concluded with the Anniversary Recital at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral by Ian Tracey preceded by Choral Evensong, the third of our visit, for which the anthem was Brahms 'How lovely are Thy dwellings fair' beautifully sung by the very large choir and accompanied by Ian Tracey.

    The Organs:

    • Blackburn Cathedral (4 manual Walker)
    • Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral (4 manual Walker)
    • Chester Cathedral (4 manual Rushworth & Dreaper)
    • Christ Church, Port Sunlight (4 manual Father Willis)
    • Liverpool Anglican Cathedral (5 manual Willis)

    Sunday 11 October 2015 All Saints, Newmarket Recital 4.00pm

    Anne Page will be presenting an organ recital on the refurbished Binns of Leeds organ. This is a charity event in aid of St Nicholas Hospice, Bury St Edmunds.

    Sunday 27 September 2015 Music at Rushmere > Sunday Afternoon Concerts

    Andrew Cantrill, Organist of Royal Hospital School, played at St. Andrew's Rushmere for a recital in memory of Phyllis Dawson, precedessor for over half century to Alan Loader who is the organist at the church and organiser of this series of concerts. Andrew played a fine programme. The first three pieces were by Soler, Cabanilles and JS Bach. The next three were by American composers David Johnson, Gerre Hancock and Seth Bingham. The recital concluded with Allegro Maestoso (the first movement of Edward Elgar's Sonata in G), Edward Bairstow's Evening Song and Garth Edmundson's Toccata-Prelude 'Vom Himmel hoch'. Exactly one hour's glorious listening to a very fine player with an appreciative audience.

    Wednesday 8 July 2015 All Saint's Church, Newmarket 12pm

    In May, an email from Brian Thatcher of All Saints asked whether their organ could be played by any members of the Association as they were considering whether the space it was occupying might be put to a different use and had understood that to put it into good order would be very expensive. Andrew Garfath-Cox made a preliminary visit to discover a very sound James Binns of Leeds 1908 organ. Yesterday, Philip Speirs and Andrew played the following programme to a very appreciative audience who were thrilled to hear their instrument being performed upon. Peter De Vile had tuned the organ and it was a pleasure to play.

    • Fanfare Francis Jackson (1917-) [PLS]
    • Sicilienne Maria Theresa von Paradis (1759-1824) [AHGC]
    • Andante in D Alfred Hollins (1865-1942) [AHGC]
    • Andante in F Louis Lefébure-Wely (1817-1869) [PLS]
    • Aria Noel Rawsthorne (1929- )[PLS]
    • Fanfare William Mathias (1934-1992) [AHGC]
    • Reverie Harvey Grace (1874-1944) [AHGC]
    • A Trumpet Minuet Alfred Hollins (1865-1942) [AHGC]
    • The Lord's My Shepherd Schubert arr. William Lloyd Webber (1914-1982) [PLS]
    • Toccata in D minor BWV 565 J S Bach (1685-1750) [PLS]
    • Introduction and March William Walton (1902-1983) [AHGC]

    Saturday 23 May 2015 Unitarian Meeting House, Friar's Street, Ipswich

    Robert Waller writes:

    On the morning of the AGM day, a number of SOA members were able to try out the organ at the Unitarian Meeting house.

    David Newton was fortunate as he was the first to arrive and spent over an hour exploring the organ stops.

    Ann Little was next at the console and played the beautiful ‘Aria’ by Noel Rawsthorne followed by Bach’s ‘Christ lag in totesbanden’ ending with no doubt one of her favourite composers Sweelinck ‘Unter der Linden grüne’.

    Geoffrey Boyle was next chose to play several pieces by the Spanish composer Antonio de Cabezón ‘Tiento du premier ton’, ‘Dic Nobis, Maria’ and ‘Veni Creator’. He ended with a lovely chorale by Flor Peeters ‘Come, Holy Ghost’.

    Our President, Andrew, followed with a delightful piece by Arne, ‘A Maggot’ followed by a piece by Ralph Vaughan-Williams ‘Rhosymedre’.

    Roger Green delighted us with some of his own compositions, one of which was called ‘Miscordia’.

    Juliette Adams was last to play and played a slow movement from one of Bach’s trio sonatas.

    As usual time had run out and we all went on to the restaurant ‘@twenty25’

    Our grateful thanks to Robert for letting us have this opportunity to play this organ.

    Saturday 18 April 2015 Visit to All Saints, Friern Barnet; St. Dominic's Priory, Haverstock Hill; All Hallows, Gospel Oak

    Fifteen SOA members boarded a coach for a splendid day out organised by Roger Pulham to listen to and play three organs: a 2-manual, a 3-manual and a 4-manual in North London on Saturday 18 April 2015. With excellent performances of their respective instruments by our hosts David Patrick (All Saints), Martin Stacey (St. Dominic's), and Martin Kemp (All Hallows). Each of these organists gave us a most generous welcome.

    Saturday 7 March 2015 The London Organ Day

    A good gathering of SOA members met at Central Hall Westminster for a splendid day of music organised by the Artistic Director, Tom Bell.

    Saturday 15 November 2014 Visit to Long Melford, Cavendish and Foxearth.

    We met at 10.00am for an informal social gathering in the Bizzy Beans coffee shop of the Cherry Lane garden centre opposite the entrance to Kentwell Hall. New member, Martin Ellis, with his wife joined us.