Our Programme of Events for 2018...


Saturday 10th at 11am

AGM & Annual Recital St John’s School, Leatherhead

The new SOA year begins with a short AGM, followed by a recital at 12.30pm by our President and international recitalist Tom Bell. A light lunch follows the recital. No charge for SOA members & students, but there will be a retiring collection at the end of the recital to cover costs and to boost funds for our Organ Student Scheme.


Saturday 3rd; 9.30am – 5pm

London Organ Day Notre Dame de France – WC2H 7BX

The London Organ Day turns its focus to 19th & 20thcentury French music and improvisations -

Monday 9th at 5pm

Godalming Parish Church St Peter & St Paul (Godalming Parish Church)

Perform in the organ classes at the Godalming Festival (or come and listen). Call 01483 414858 or see the website for more information.


Saturday 28th; 2.30-4.30pm

How to play ‘difficult’ Hymns St John’s Church, Woking GU21 7QN

SOA member Alan Rapley leads a workshop on hymns that some might chose to avoid, or at least avoid playing all the notes (eg Michael; Guiting Power,etc). Suitable for all levels of player and experience.


Saturday 19th All day

Visit to Sussex Lancing College & other venues

A chance to play the Walker & Frobenius organs at Lancing, and visit nearby churches.


Saturday 23rd All Day

Play on different 3 manual organs  (Various locations)

A further workshop, aimed particularly at our current and recent Organ Students - a chance to play the same piece on several different 3 manual organs and consoles in one day!


Saturday 7th; 10.30am-12.30pm (NB - note change of time)

Improve your technique St John’s School, Leatherhead

Following last year’s workshop on articulation,Tom Bell now leads a session on legato playing on the Tickell organ at St John’s School Chapel. Suitable for all levels of player and experience.


Saturday 22nd at 5pm

Members' Recital & Dinner St Andrew's Church, Oxshott

Students as well as experienced members will be welcome to play to a sympathetic audience.

Relax afterwards with dinner in a nearby restaurant.


Saturday 13th; 1.30-4.30pm

Joint SOA/RCO Event Cranleigh School Chapel, GU6 8QQ

1. Play the organ - An afternoon for pianists wishing to try the organ, and find out more about the SOA Organ Student Scheme. Pianists  who are interested in trying the organ - no age limit, but ideally already playing at Grade 5 or above (even if the exam was taken ages ago) - are invited to bring a short piece of music they are familiar with (ideally Bach or something similar), to play on the beautiful organ in Cranleigh Schol Chapel. They can also chat to previous SOA 'graduates' about the Organ Student Scheme and how it works.

2. Develop your skills - Later in the afternoon, Simon Williams (Royal College of Organists) will explain more about the RCO's new certificate and initiative for skills training for organists at all levels of playing (beginners to advanced).

For more information and to book a place, email


Saturday 10th; 2.30-4.30pm

The organ music of Buxtehude St Thomas-on-The-Bourne

Following on from the 2017 session on Spanish organ music, Julian Cooper directs a Masterclass on the organ music of Dietrich Buxtehude. Participants are invited to present a specific piece from Buxtehude’s wide range of compositions, and receive helpful feedback. Observers also welcome.

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