Join us in these exciting events!
PROGRAMME FOR 2018 / 2019
Saturday 11 May 2019 – AGM at Eye preceded by the Annual Association Lunch at the Black Horse at Thorndon.
PROGRAMME FOR 2019 / 2020
Some of these arrangements are provisional but this affords an outline of the proposed 2019/2020 programme. More detail below.
- Friday/Saturday 7 and 8 June 2019: Kings Lynn - Boston - Spilsby - Skegness
- Saturday 13 July 2019 Old Independent Chapel Haverhill
- Saturday 31 August 2019: Surrey: Reigate and Betchworth
- Saturday 28 September 2019: Organ Competitions
- Saturday 5 October 2019: German Romantic School of Organ Music
- Saturday 2 November 2019: French Romantic School of Organ Music
- Saturday 25 January 2020 Annual Association Lunch
- Saturday 15 February 2020: Trinity College Cambridge
- Monday 2 March 2020: Central London Outing
- Saturday 4 April 2020: Conducting and training a choir
- Monday 20 April to Thursday 23 April 2020: Three day visit to Edinburgh
- Saturday 16 May 2020: Organ Recital and the AGM.
Friday 7 June and Saturday 8 June 2019 Kings Lynn - Boston - Spilsby - Skegness
Please note the revised programme
- 10.45 am Meet at Kings Lynn Minster to hear and play the restored Snetzler organ.
- 12.30 pm Lunch – there are plenty of nearby food outlets including a Pizza Express immediately across the road from the Church. After Lunch Drive on to Boston and check in to your hotel. [Please note that has been impossible to arrange a visit to St Botolph’s Church as there are on going stone repairs in progress.]
- 4.00 pm Meet at Centenary Methodist Church in Red Lion Street. We shall be greeted by the present Minister – The Rev’d Dr Val Ogden with Tea and Cake. Hear and play the 3 manual 1905 Cousans organ.
- 10.30 am Meet at Spilsby Parish Church where a coffee morning will be in progress. After coffee we will hear and play the 1866 William Hill organ which has been recently restored. As we must be sensitive to the people having coffee, please bring a ‘non con blasto’ piece to play!
- At 12noon Dr Robert Pacey will give a talk on the Hill family who originated from Spilsby. Martin Ellis has invited any parishioners to join us for Dr Pacey’s talk.
- 2.00 pm Leave Spilsby for Skegness St Matthew’s Church to hear and play the 1929 Rushworth & Dreaper organ. We are expected to arrive for 2.30 pm. The meeting will close at 4.00 pm and members are free to make their way home.
Evening Free: Miriam and Martin will be entertaining Val to supper at the White Hart Hotel in the centre of the town. Feel free if you wish to join them.
Saturday morning 8 June 2019: Check out of Hotel and drive to Spilsby
12.45 pm The organist Margaret Cook has offered to book us in at the Nelson Butt in Market Street for lunch – a good menu is available on line.
Saturday 13 July 2019 Old Independent Chapel Haverhill
Meet at 2.00pm for a lecture recital on the English Romantic School of Organ Music to be given by the President, Martin Ellis, assisted by members young and old, including Christopher Moore who will give a performance of Stanford’s Sonata Britannica and William Baldry who will play the Prelude in C by Edward Bairstow and Marche Heroique by Herbert Brewer.
Tea and Cake will be available at the end of the afternoon
Saturday 31 August 2019: Surrey: Reigate and Betchworth
By Coach to Surrey Leaving Ipswich at 8.00am and calling at Marks Tey, we will travel to St Mary’s Church Reigate to hear and play the 1911 Norman& Beard organ which has recently been restored by Nicholsons.
After this we will travel to Betchworth and have lunch at the Dolphin before crossing over the road to St Michael’s Parish Church to hear and play the Tickell organ which was Kenneth’s last installation before he died in 2014. We shall leave Betchworth for Suffolk at around 4.00pm.
Saturday 28 September 2019: Organ Competitions
: Bury St Edmunds Baptist Chapel and St Mary’s Parish Church. Adjudicator: Dr Joseph Fort: Organist and Director of Chapel Music and Lecturer at Kings College London.
Saturday 5 October 2019: German Romantic School of Organ Music
Meet at St Mary le Tower at 11.00am when the President, Martin Ellis, will give a recital including Sonata No.7 by Rheinberger, Andante and Variations by Mendelssohn and the Sonata on the 94th Psalm by Reubke.
After lunch at the local hostelry, we shall proceed to Christ Church Tacket Street where, at 2.00pm, Roger Pulham will show part of the DVD 'Reger – the last giant'. Tea and Cake will end the day around 4.00pm.
Saturday 2 November 2019: French Romantic School of Organ Music
Peter Crompton will give an illustrated lecture on the life and works of Louis Vierne beginning at 2.00pm at Museum Street Methodist Church. The musical examples will be taken from recordings.
Tea and Cake will end the afternoon at around 4.00pm.
Saturday 25 January 2020 Annual Association Lunch
: Meet at 12.15pm for 12.30pm for the Association Annual Lunch at Admirals House, Tower Street, Ipswich. We will proceed to Christ Church, Tacket Street for a short recital at 2.00pm given by Paul Austen and Hugh Singleton.
Following this, Christopher Moore will interview the President, Martin Ellis, in a Desert Island Discs. Tea and Cake will be served at c. 3.15pm.
Saturday 15 February 2020: Trinity College Cambridge
: By Coach to Cambridge leaving Ipswich at 8.30am. Harrison Cole will give a recital on the Organ of Trinity College after which members will be able to play the instrument which has recently undergone some technical changes. Harrison will arrange for us to visit another College nearby before lunch.
At 2.00pm we will assemble at Wesley Methodist Church for a recital by some of our Student Members on the William Hill 1841 Organ which was originally built for the Eastbrook Hall Methodist Mission in Bradford. Most of the Hill features were preserved and enhanced when it was moved to Cambridge about twenty years ago by Percy Daniels and Co. As usual, Tea and Cake will be served at the end of the meeting. Members will be able to play this interesting instrument. Return to Ipswich by c. 6.30pm.
Monday 2 March 2020: Central London Outing
: By the 08.43 train to London. Hear and play the Organs of St Peter’s Eaton Square and St Saviour’s Church, Pimlico before attending Evensong at Westminster Abbey at 5.00pm.
After which it is 90% certain we can cross to Methodist Central Hall to hear and play the 4 manual Hill/Harrison organ rebuilt in 2011. We shall return on the 20.30hrs train from Liverpool Street.
Saturday 4 April 2020: Conducting and training a choir
Christopher Moore will help our Student members in the art of conducting and training a choir. This is an opportunity to bring along partners and members of choirs you may train or sing with.
The anthems will be taken from the latest version of Oxford Easy Anthems. We will gather at 2.00pm at St Matthews Church Ipswich. As usual – Tea and Cake! NB: No parking at the Church. Park in Car Park next to the Wolsey Theatre and pray for no home match!
Monday 20 April to Thursday 23 April 2020: Three day visit to Edinburgh
By train. More details to come later. There is a Premier Inn in Princes Street and a Holiday Inn close by Waverley Station. Please book your hotel well in advance for the three night stay as Edinburgh is always busy.
The President Elect, Martin Ellis is in touch with Dr John Kitchen who with James Crowe will help him with the visits to organs around the City. A two day organ crawl!!
Saturday 16 May 2020: Organ Recital and the AGM.
At 3.00pm, Jeremy Lloyd, Assistant DOM at Rochester Cathedral,will give an Organ Recital on the Hele 3 manual organ in Stowmarket Parish Church.
We will proceed to Stowmarket URC for Tea and Cake followed by the AGM of the Association.