Our Programme of Events for 2019...




Saturday 12th at 12 noon

AGM & Annual Recital St John’s Church, West Byfleet

The new SOA year begins with a recital at 12 noon by our President and international recitalist Tom Bell. A light lunch follows the recital, after which the AGM starts at 1.30pm. Following the formal business of the AGM, there will be a short discussion on recital programming - both from the point of view of the recitalist, and audience. No charge for SOA members & students, but there will be a retiring collection at the end of the recital to cover costs, and donations to cover the cost of lunch will be welcome.  



Saturday 2nd; 9.30am – 5pm

London Organ Day Christ Church, Spitalfields E1 6LY

The London Organ Day moves this year to one of the finest church buildings in London, which is home to one of the capital's most significant instruments. The day includes an interactive tour of the organ, with music across a wide ranging period from 16th C Byrd, to contempoary Bovet. Book online at


Monday 18th at 5pm

Godalming Parish Church St Peter & St Paul (Godalming Parish Church, GU7 1ER)

Perform in the organ classes at the Godalming Festival (or come and listen). Call 01483 414858 or see the website for more information. Deadline for entries is 18th January.



Saturday 27th; 2.30-4.30pm

Hymn playing workshop St John's Church, Woking GU21 7QN)

SOA member Alan Rapley leads a further workshop on hymn playing. Bring a prepared hymn to play and receive helpful feedback. Suitable for all levels, but especially useful for members and students who are playing regularly for church services. Observers welcome.



Saturday 11th; All day

Visit to Dorset Wimborne Minster & Christchurch Priory 

A chance to play the Walker organ at Wimborne, and Nicholson at Christchurch.


Saturday 1st; 2.30-4.30pm

Play the organ All Saints' Witley GU8 5PN (Joint event with the Guildford Area RSCM)

Another opportunity for pianists to try the organ and learn more about the SOA Organ Student Scheme.

July (details TBC)

Date/venue TBC 

Members' Annual Recital & Dinner 

Students as well as experienced members are invited to play to a sympathetic audience.

Relax afterwards with dinner in a nearby restaurant.


September (details TBC)

Date/venue TBC

Improve your technique

Following workshops in recent years on articulation and legato playing, Tom Bell now leads a session on pedalling. Suitable for all levels of player and experience.



Saturday 9th; 2.30-4.30pm

Italian organ music St Thomas-on-The-Bourne GU9 8HA)

Following on from the sessions in 2017 (Spanish organ music) and 2018 (Buxtehude), Julian Cooper directs a Masterclass on earlier Italian organ music. Participants are invited to present a specific piece and receive helpful feedback. Observers also welcome.



During 2018 we held the following events...




Saturday 10th at 11am

AGM & Annual Recital St John’s School, Leatherhead



Saturday 3rd; 9.30am – 5pm

London Organ Day Notre Dame de France – WC2H 7BX


Monday 9th at 5pm

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



Saturday 28th; 2.30-4.30pm

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



Saturday 19th All day

Visit to Sussex Lancing College & other venues



Saturday 23rd All Day

Play on different 3 manual organs  (Various locations)



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

Improve your technique St John’s School, Leatherhead



Saturday 22nd at 5pm

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



Saturday 13th; 1.30-4.30pm

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



Saturday 10th; 2.30-4.30pm

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


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