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 www.londonorganday.co.uk.
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 www.godalmingmusicfestival.org.uk 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)
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)
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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