With the news of lessening Covid restrictions we hope that our events from August onwards will be live events where we can fully resume meeting in person.
As we begin to meet again together, 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.
Sat 27th November 2.30pm – Organ Recital by Simon Hogan (formerly at Southwell Minster)
We’re very pleased that Simon Hogan, formerly Assistant Organist of Southwell Minster, and currently pursuing a busy freelance career, has agreed to give a recital on the organ of St Mary the Virgin, Shenfield, on Saturday 27th November 2021 at 2.30pm. Simon lives in Chelmsford and is married to Hilary Punnett (Assistant Director of Music at Chelmsford Cathedral) and many members will have been at Hilary’s excellent recital at Shenfield in February 2020.
We do look forward to returning to Shenfield where our EOA Webmaster, Suzanna Brooks is Director of Music, and to its fine 3 manual & pedal pipe organ once again. Further details for this event will be in the November & December newsletter. The cost will be £5 for adults with no charge for under 18s.
Saturday 22nd January 2022 12.30 for 1pm – EOA Lunch at Chelmsford Cathedral, with guest speaker, Sir Andrew Parmley
We are delighted to have secured the services of Sir Andrew Parmley as the guest speaker for an Association Lunch, to take place in The Chapter House of Chelmsford Cathedral, on Saturday 22nd January 2022, from 12.30pm. Members will remember Sir Andrew was a guest at the EOA Hauptwerk event a few years ago and it will be lovely to hear him speak to us about his role as Chief Executive of the Royal College of Organists, and his times as Lord Mayor of London, Director of Music at Forrest School in East London, and also as a parish church organist in the City.
Members and non-members are all welcome join us for this event and the cost will be £15 per person including a hot buffet lunch. The Chapter House is next to Chelmsford Cathedral and is in walking distance of Chelmsford Railway Station and city centre carparks.
If you are interested in attending the lunch, then please do send an expression of interest as soon as possible to EOA committee member Dr Michaela Cottee at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone/text on 07784 5144119 along with any dietary requirements you may have so that the menu can be chosen accordingly. Those who have expressed an interest will be asked for a non-refundable deposit of £5 in early January 2022 to secure their place.
Sat 5th or 26th February 2022 2pm – Workshop-masterclass on performing (and registering) English Romantic Organ Music, led by Philip Prior, date and venue TBC.
Many members will know that EOA President, Philip Prior has a great love of English Romantic Organ Music, and we are delighted that he has agreed to lead a workshop-masterclass for us on performing music from this school of organ playing. Both players of all standards and non-players observing are welcome to join us for what should be an enjoyable and informative afternoon.
Those members and friends wishing to play should prepare pieces dating from the 19th & 20th century English Romantic school – some possibilities could include the music of Felix Mendelssohn, Henry Smart, Edward Elgar, John Ireland, Percy Whitlock and Herbert Howells to name a few, but there are many others!
So, this is advanced warning to begin to think about which piece(s) you’d like some friendly tips on improving, further details including confirmed date and venue will be found in the next newsletter.
Other EOA events in the pipeline for the first half of 2022 include:
· Sat 12/19th March – An all-day visit to play the newly installed Klais organ in St Mary’s Church, Maldon and other instruments in the area.
· Sat 2nd April - An illustrated talk on the organ and its role in the orchestra by Roderick Elms, along with members’ playing time, venue TBC.
· June - The 72nd Annual General Meeting (with supporting attraction)
· July - A visit to organs in Braintree & Bocking churches
· We hope that the Extended Visit to Paris, previously postponed due to Covid, will run from Tuesday 30th August – Friday 2nd September 2022.
Events Promoted by Members
As we are gradually beginning to return 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. With restrictions on the uses of churches being gradually lifted, it would be good if we can offer albeit a small number of organ recitals and related events to members and beyond through our website. Please send these to the EOA email address which is: email@example.com .
Other confirmed 2022 events from other organisations that our members have traditionally supported are:
Sat 29th January – Bloomsbury Organ Day, “Trocedero & Town halls”
Bloomsbury Organ Day 2022 (organistsonline.org)
Sat 29th January – RCO Study Day - Last Verse Hymn Reharmonisation in the Chapel of Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, Suffolk.
RCO Study Day: Last Verse Hymn Harmonisation Tickets, The Chapel, Ipswich | TryBooking United Kingdom
Sat 5th March - IAO London Organ Day – “The Grand Vauxhall Extravaganza”
London Organ Day - The Incorporated Association of Organists (iao.org.uk)
IAO Festival Friday 22nd – Tuesday 26th July 2022 in Edinburgh
Festival Invitation | The Incorporated Association of Organists (iao.org.uk)
and details of the content and booking for all of these can be found on the relevant websites by following the link included.
Saturday 11th December at 6pm, St George’s German Lutheran Church, London
Richard Brasier (St George’s Church)
Organ Vespers Series 2021.
Tuesday 14th December at 1pm, Moot Hall, Colchester
Dr Ian Ray (Colchester Borough Organist) & Marenzo Quintet
Music for the Festive Season.
Friday 7th January 2022 at 12.30pm, Chelmsford Cathedral
Stephen Grahl (Christ Church, Oxford)
Saturday 8th January 2022 at 6pm, St George’s German Lutheran Church, London
David Grealy (St Mary’s Pro Cathedral, Dublin)
Organ Vespers Series 2022.
Saturday 29th January 2022 at 3.45pm, Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, Suffolk
Glen Dempsey (Ely Cathedral)
Concluding Recital of RCO Study Day.