October 2017

Organ 'taster' sessions for pianists, Saturday 21st

Are you a pianist wishing to try the organ? Or already being asked to play it (but have had no tuition)? Are you interested in our Organ Student Scheme [FIND OUT MORE]. Come and explore the organ, including easy manuals only repertoire, at one of three sessions on Saturday 21st October. Offering easy access from anywhere in the Surrey area, at each session aspiring organists will have the opportunity to try the organ (please bring some music you are familiar with - Bach or any other Baroque composer is ideal). There will also be advice on the latest tuition techniques, including easy ways to learn the pedals! And there will be previous SOA students on hand to answer questions about their own experiences. The sessions are at:

9.30-11am Emmanuel Church, Stoughton(Shepherds Lane, Guildford GU2 9SJ - car parking available on site)

11.30am-1pm St Andrew’s, Oxshott (Oakshade Rd, Oxshott, Leatherhead KT22 0LE - car parking available on site)

2.30-4pm High Cross Church, Camberley (Knoll Rd, Camberley GU15 3SY - limited parking on site, or use Knoll Road Car Park - also GU15 3SY)

There is no charge for attending these sessions, and refreshments will be available at each venue.

To register in advance, email, or just come on the day.

Who Are We?

We offer a programme of educational / training and social events, performing opportunities for all and individual support.

2017 Programme

An outline of our programme for 2017 is now available for you to access. We hope to publish more details after our AGM.

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Play on different organs around Guildford - June 2017

This event, planned primarily for our current and recent Organ Students, provided the opportunity to play on four different instruments in one day! The idea was to prepare a voluntary and hymn, and then play the (same) items at each location, attempting in a short time to master the various characteristics of each instrument. We started at West Horsley with the mechanical action Frobenius, and then moved on to Merrow which provided a completely different challenge with the 2 manual Hill, Norman & Beard organ - pipes at the west end, console in the chancel! After lunch, we moved on to Bramley (2 manual Andrew Cooper), and finally to the 1 manual Osmond at St Edward’s Catholic Church, Sutton Green. Everybody agreed that the experience gained was useful - although having longer to get used to each instrument would have been helpful! The accompanying photo (Merrow) was published in September’s Organists’ Review, alongside an article highlighting the success of our Organ Student Scheme.

Organ Student Scheme

Do you play the piano?

4 Free Taster Organ Lessons!

It is a fine musical instrument, with a large range of different sounds and contrasting repertoire. You will have another outlet for your keyboard skills, developing finger strength and articulation. This helps, not hinders, your piano playing. There is a national shortage of organists, with their average age increasing. Many parishes report that it is difficult to find regular organists and deputies. When you have completed your training, you will be eligible for a fee for playing at services, varying between churches. [FIND OUT MORE].


Member’s Recital & Dinner, September 2017

At the annual Member’s Recital - held this year at Godalming Parish Church with its large 3 manual Hill, Norman & Beard organ - 9 players presented an attractive variety of pieces, including Bach, Krebs, Stanley, Stanford and a recent composition from Bedard. Pleasingly, four of the players were either current organ students, or recent ‘graduates’ from the SOA Organ Student Scheme, including two who played pieces from upcoming exam repertoire. Following the recital, members and their guests moved round the corner to enjoy a meal at Piazza Firenze, a welcoming Italian restaurant on Godalming High Street (see photo below). Many thanks to John Belcher for hosting the event, and especially for accommodating the practice schedules!

Incorporated Association of Organists

If you are interested in the world of the organ, whether as a performer, potential performer or listener, do please look through the contents of our website and be in touch with us if you would like to join us in our enjoyment of what Mozart called The King of Instruments.


Organist's Review

The IAO publishes Organists Review. This high-quality quarterly magazine has an enviable reputation for both its content and presentation. It is a full colour publication with stunning pictures. News of affiliated association activities are also incorporated into the magazine, providing local up-to-date events and information. FIND OUT MORE