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. Please note that the deadline has been extended for this year from 30 April so we will welcome applications from you for funds that would aid you in advancing your expertise.

Our Association reached its 90th Anniversary on February 10 this year.

This is a milestone of which all members past and present can be most proud.

Saturday 11 May 2024 2pm AGM at Christchurch, Tacket Street, Ipswich IP4 1AU

Our current President, Alan Loader, handed over the baton to the President Elect, Robert Waller. A good number of members attended with many apologies for absence. All appointments to the Council were accepted and voted in nem.com. A Cream Tea with a beautifully baked selection of cakes followed proceedings! We then heard an excellent recital from Richard Cook, Assistant Director of Music at St. Edmundsbury Cathedral who has recently become a member of the Association.

He played:

  • Imperial March - Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
  • Praeludium in C, BuxWV137 - Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
  • Fountain Reverie - Percy Fletcher (1879-1932)
  • Serenade - Derek Bourgeois (1941-2017)
  • Choral No. 3 in A minor - César Franck (1822-1890)

Richard Cook is currently the Assistant Director of Music at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, where he is the principal accompanist for all the cathedral choirs. From January to October 2020, he held the position of Acting Director of Music at the cathedral during which time he established the Cathedral Girls' Choir. Prior to this he was Sub-Assistant Organist and Director of the Voluntary Choir at Worcester Cathedral, playing an active role in the running of the music department and accompanying the cathedral choirs. This position afforded the opportunity to participate in the Three Choirs Festival, and during the 2017 festival he played the organ for Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius with the Philharmonia Orchestra in the presence of HRH the Prince of Wales. In 2019, he was a repetiteur for the Three Choirs Festival Chorus.

Richard was educated at St Edward's Comprehensive School in Romford, Essex, and subsequently received a prestigious scholarship to read music at Birmingham Conservatoire. During this period, he was Organist and Director of Music at All Saints' Church, Bromsgrove, and latterly Organ Scholar at St Mary's Collegiate Church, Warwick. Richard has accompanied the National Children's Choir of Great Britain, and has directed and participated in various singing outreach projects across the country.

Dates for your diary:

An outing to play the organs of three churches in Essex on Saturday 8 June 2024 kindly organised by Tony Dunn. At St. Nicholas, Witham there is a two manual 2002 newly built Kenneth Tickell organ, at All Saints, Stisted, a one manual and pedal board 1892 organ and at St. Peter ad Vincula, Coggeshall, a three manual organ with 43 stops. We look forward to seeing you there

Peter Crompton is giving a recital at RHS on the Grand Organ on Sunday 16 June 2024 at 16.30

There is another RCO Study Day in the Autumn at RHS. Nicolas Danks, Director of Studies and Director of Music at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge will lead this RCO Study Day and give a recital on Saturday 21 September 2024.

Andrew Garfath-Cox Hon. Web Administrator and a Past President