Saturday 4th February 2023 – An all-day visit to see, hear and play organs in Romford
With lessening Covid restrictions we have fully resumed meeting in person! There may be members who would like to join us but have transport difficulties. If this is the case for you, please do email the Association at email@example.com so that we can try to put you in touch with members attending events who may be able to help you with this.
We visit three organs in the large market town of Romford, in East London, which could be in the London Borough of Havering or the historic county of Essex, depending on the age of the map/document you are looking at! From its early history as “the place of the roomy or spacious ford” where the ancient road between London and Colchester crossed the River Rom, it has expanded greatly and today its listed population exceeds 120,000.
EOA Committee Member Stephen King has arranged a varied day’s playing for us, and the schedule for our visit is as follows:
11am St Edward the Confessor Parish Church, Market Place, Romford, RM1 1XN
1978 & 1986 Walker (incorporating 10 ranks from previous 1886 Walker/Speechly organ)
Lunch at the Golden Lion pub in central Romford https://www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk/pubs/essex/golden-lion/
2pm Romford Baptist Church, Main Rd, Romford, RM1 3BL
1888 Brindley & Foster (for St Mary’s, Hay-on-Wye) 2mp
1933 Hill Norman & Beard installed it here
1962 East London Organ Company Robert Slater – rebuilt & enlarged, new detached 3mp stopkey console with 3rd manual prepared (now functioning as a coupler manual).
3pm Romford URC, 58-60 Western Rd, Romford, RM1 3LP
1965 Gray & Davison installed previous G&D organ ex Romford Congregational Church into new church; limited tonal changes, tremulants added.
c1983 – unknown, removed Choir Box shutters.
1985 – Bishop & Son overhauled
Transport is possible by car, with car parks available in Romford town centre, but as all the venues are within walking distance of each other and Romford Station, on this occasion (train strikes permitting!) this maybe a preferable option for most members wishing to take part in this event.
The cost for those taking part in the day will be £10 per player and £5 for non-players. If you would like to join us for this event, then please do email EOA Committee Member, Stephen King, as soon as possible, using firstname.lastname@example.org also letting him know if you would like to book a place for lunch at the Golden Lion.
Other EOA events in the pipeline for 2022 and 2023 for your diaries include:
- Saturday 25th March 2023 – A lecture-recital on North German organ music before J S Bach by Dr Gillian Ward Russell.
- Saturday 22nd April 2023 – All day visit to organs near Gt Bromley & St Osyth
- Saturday 27th May 2023 – Chelmsford Cathedral, an all-day joint event with members of the other Associations in the IAO London & Eastern region, based around French organ music in the liturgy, particularly the Couperin Masses and de Grigny’s hymns. Please keep an eye on the EOA Facebook and Website for tickets.
Further details about all of these will be given later in the year.
- Saturday 10th June 2023 – The 73rd AGM of the Association and an illustrated presentation by Jonathan Lilley on the life and music of Joseph Jongen at Waltham Abbey Church.
- Tuesday 24th-Thursday 26th October 2023 - Extended visit to Paris.
Events Promoted by Members
As we are returning to more active lives, please do remember to send your contributions to the list of organ recitals and concerts that you or your church are going to perform. Please send these to the EOA email address: email@example.com .
Members may wish to note the following two dates, which we have traditionally supported over the years:
- Bloomsbury Organ Day: Sat 28th January 2023 – “Trocadero and Town Halls” at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, London, featuring Daniel Greenaway, Simon Gledhill & EOA member, Richard Brasier. Bloomsbury Organ Day 2023 (organistsonline.org)
- IAO London Organ Day: Sat 11th March 2023 at Chelsea Old Church, SW3 5LT, keep an eye for more details on London Organ Day - The Incorporated Association of Organists (iao.org.uk)
Here is a list of organ recitals and members’ concerts in our area (don’t forget to check with the venue before you travel that the event is still happening!):
- Wednesday 18th January, 1-1.45pm, Brentwood Cathedral: Ben Collyer from the Royal College of Music will play Hindemith and Durufle, followed by refreshments in the Song School. Ben is currently Organist at St John's, Hyde Park Crescent, London and studying for an MA in Organ Performance at the Royal College of Music. He has held the post of Organ Scholar at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, and at St Paul's Cathedral, and has performed in a number of prestigious venues, both in the UK and abroad.
- Friday 3rd February at 12 noon, Chelmsford Cathedral Mark Brafield (Organ)
- Saturday 4th February 6pm, St George’s Lutheran Church, London E1 8EB Daniel Moult (Royal Birmingham Conservatoire) plays for the Organ Vesper.
- Friday 3rd March at 12 noon, Chelmsford Cathedral James Thomas (formerly Master of Music, St Edmundsbury Cathedral)