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 23rd October 2pm – “The Life & Music of Louis Vierne” - an illustrated talk by Peter Crompton at St Mary with St Leonard's Church, Church Green, Broomfield, near Chelmsford CM1 7BD
It is good to return once again to Broomfield Church as we welcome Peter Crompton for an afternoon's talk (illustrated with CD tracks) on the life and work of the great French organist Louis Vierne (1870-1937) starting at 2pm.
Peter is well-known to many of us from his many years spent as Director of Music at the Royal Hospital School, Holbrook near Ipswich, with its magnificent 4 manual & pedal 1933 Hill Norman & Beard pipe organ in its very spacious chapel. Anyone who has ever heard Peter a recital on this or another organ, will have experienced his love of French organ music, and this event offers him a chance to share his expert knowledge of Vierne with us.
We will meet in the church hall (access through the church) and the event will include refreshments at half time. The cost of this event is £8 per person.
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.
Other EOA events in the pipeline for the first half of 2022 include:
· A pub lunch with a guest speaker.
· A masterclass on English Romantic Organ music
· IAO London Organ Day
· A visit to play the newly installed Klais organ in St Mary’s Church, Maldon.
· An illustrated talk on the organ and its role in the orchestra.
· A visit to organs in Braintree & Bocking churches
Events Promoted by Members
Saturday 25th September 3pm onwards, Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, Ipswich
3pm Masterclass on Improvisation & 5pm Silent Film Accompaniment
David Briggs (Organ)
Book via https://www.trybooking.co.uk/BFAU
Friday 1st October, 12 noon, Chelmsford Cathedral
Matthew Kelley (Graham Rogers Organ Scholar, Chelmsford Cathedral)
Tuesday 12th October 1pm, Moot Hall, Colchester
Drew Cantrill-Fenwick (St George’s, Jesmond)
Sunday 7th November 4pm, St Nicolas Church, Chipping Hill, Witham
“Merrie England” – an organ recital of lively Tudor & Stuart song and dance tunes
Including music by Byrd, Gibbons, Tomkins, Barrett and Clarke.
Richard Overill (Billericay)
Tuesday 9th November 1pm, Moot Hall, Colchester
Ashley Grote (Norwich Cathedral)
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: firstname.lastname@example.org .