Tuesday 20th - Thursday 22nd September 2022 – Extended Visit to Organs in Bristol
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.
About 10 EOA members and friends are looking forward to taking part in our extended visit to Bristol this month, beginning at 2pm on Tuesday 20th September, where we will see, hear and play the 1904 Walker organ of Bristol Cathedral, followed by attendance at 515pm Choral Evensong (also an option on Wednesday). Then, for the next two days until 6pm on Thursday 22nd, we will visit a variety of different organs with free time for exploring the delights which this vibrant west-country city offers. Wednesday 21st includes playing time on the huge 4 manual and pedal Harrison organ in the very fine parish church of St Mary, Redcliffe an on Thursday 22nd, we venture to the superb of Clifton (famous for Brunel’s Suspension Bridge!) where our visit includes the modern 3 manual & pedal Walker in All Saints church, Clifton.
Details of the exact itinerary are still being finalised, but members can be assured of an exciting three days of looking and playing a wide variety of instruments along with much socialising and good food and drink!
Members joining us at Bristol are expected to arrange and fund their own travel and accommodation. Travelling from Essex has become easier, with the new Elizabeth Line halving the time to cross London from Liverpool Street to Paddington (where many fast trains to Bristol Temple Meads station can be caught). For your information, members of your committee have already booked to stay in central Bristol at The Clayton Hotel, 35-27 Broad Street, which has parking available close by, and is 10 minutes’ walk to Bristol Temple Meads Station, the Cathedral, Redcliffe and very close to the shopping area by the High Street. Please contact the hotel directly to arrange your own new booking as no block booking for this visit has been made.
The cost of this visit will be £10 per day, per playing member, whilst non-players will be £5 per day, which allows members to come for parts of or all the visit, according to their own personal circumstances. If you would like to definitely join us for some or all of this exciting visit, please do email Philip Prior urgently, on the EOA email address, firstname.lastname@example.org so that you can receive the full schedule and further information.
Saturday 22nd October 10am – 12noon – “Meet the Organ” event for young people, at Felsted School Chapel & Holy Cross, Parish Church
We are very pleased to be able to run this event as a collaboration with both Felsted School and our Essex Organ Academy as we try to encourage more young people to take up the organ.
If you know of a young person with some piano skills (however basic or advanced) who would be interested in trying out the organ for the first time, or who is at the start of their organ journey and would like to have another go having tried it previously, then this is the event for them – those with piano skills already should bring a couple of pieces to play and have feedback on from the team of tutors.
Tutors on the day include Will Warns (from Felsted School), and Philip Prior and Richard Nott, and participants will have the chance to play several different organs, including the fine 3 manual & pedal Willis organ in the School Chapel at Felsted, and the 2 manual tracker pipe organ at Felsted Church, next to the school.
For reasons of safeguarding, please note that all young people under 18 must be accompanied by a designated adult at all times during the event, as this does include visiting other venues outside of the School and its Chapel. All participants should be aware that there may be other activities taking place on the school grounds and should take care accordingly when travelling, parking and walking around the site, etc.
This an event that does need to be pre-booked
, and, on this occasion, is not open to the general adult membership, unless they come as a designated adult to a young person. The cost is £10 per young person. The application form will be found on the EOA Website and Facebook pages
, so please do direct any young person you think would be interested so that we can encourage the next generation of organists in Essex. Please email email@example.com with queries.
Other EOA events in the pipeline for 2022 and 2023 for your diaries include:
- November 2022 – An all-day Saturday visit to see, hear and play organs in Central London.
- January 2023 – An illustrated talk on organ & choral music by women composers past and present.
- Spring 2023 – A lecture-recital on North German organ music before J S Bach
- Sat 27th May 2023 – Chelmsford Cathedral, a joint event with members of the other Associations in the IAO London & Eastern region, based around French organ music in the liturgy.
- June 2023 – The 73rd AGM of the Association Plans for 2023 also include our rescheduled Extended visit to Paris. Further details about all of these will be found in the November/December newsletter.
Plans for 2023 include our rescheduled Extended visit to Paris and a joint organ day in Chelmsford Cathedral with members of the other Associations in our region.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Members will be interested in the following events from our umbrella organisation the IAO:
- RCO Summer Course – Monday 1st to Saturday 6th August
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!):
- Saturday 24th September, 2pm-5.30pm, Royal Hospital School, Holbrook nr Ipswich - A study afternoon on organ accompaniment with Tim Parsons (St Edmundsbury Cathedral) Further details at https://www.trybooking.co.uk/BUVI
- Sunday 25th September at 3pm, St Andrew, Rushmere - Philip Prior (St James the Great, Colchester)
- Sunday 25th September at 3pm, St Katherine, Little Bardfield - Anne Page (Cambridge) Contact EOA Member, Peter Wood 01371 856382
- Saturday 1st October 6pm, St George’s Lutheran Church, London E1 8EB - Stephen Farr plays for the Organ Vesper.
- Tuesday 4th October 1pm, St James the Great, East Hill, Colchester - Magdalena Hannah (Clarinet), Andrew Liddell (Violin) and Serena Sheane (Piano)
- Friday 7th October at 12 noon, Chelmsford Cathedral - Francesca Massey (Organ)
- Tuesday 11th October at 1pm, Moot Hall, Colchester - Ashley Grote (Norwich Cathedral)
- Saturday 22nd October at 3pm, St James the Great, East Hill, Colchester - A choral concert by given by the choir of Beverley Minster.
- Saturday 22nd October 2.30pm, Holy Trinity, Rayleigh - Anna Lapwood opens the new Viscount organ in the refurbished church.
- Friday 4th November at 12 noon, Chelmsford Cathedral - James Davy (Organ)
- Tuesday 8th November at 1pm, Moot Hall, Colchester - Dr Gillian Ward Russell (Maldon)