Surrey Organists' Association

Supporting churches and organists across Surrey

Our Programme of Events for 2020...

Unfortunately, all events for 2020 are currently suspended 


Saturday 18th at 12 noon

AGM & Annual Recital St Nicolas Church, Guildford

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, we will hear from Tom Bell about the experience of playing in the 'Nine organs' Westminster Cathedral concert in November, and also from Graham Thorp about National Organ Day, and 'Pipes on the Pilgrim's Way'. 



Saturday 15th; 2.30-4.30pm

Hymn playing workshop & discussion - 'the playover', also second hand music sale 

Emmanuel Church, Stoughton, Guildford GU2 9SJ

For all who play hymns - how to 'sell' the hymn to a congregation with an appropriate playover. SOA Committee Chair, Ian Church, leads a workshop that offers the opportunity to play, listen and discuss, using the large 3 manual Copeman Hart organ. There will also be a chance to browse and purchase (for a donation) a large selection of second hand music.

Saturday 29th; 9.30am – 5pm

London Organ Day Union Chapel, Islington N1 2UN & St John's, Islington N1 8AL 

The London Organ Day this year includes not one but two venues as a 'Bach Kaleidoscope' charts Bach performance practice from 1820-2020. A full day out for just £35! Book online at


Monday 16th 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. 



Saturday 18th; All day

National Organ Day - Pipes on the Pilgrim's Way 

10.30-11.10am; St Nicholas Church, Compton GU3 1EG

2-2.40pm; St Mary's, West Horsley KT24 6AP

3.30-4.10pm; St James, Abinger Common RH5 6AZ

SOA Committee member, Graham Thorp, leads a 'pilgramage' to churches and organs along the Pilgrim's Way to coincide with the RCO's 'National Organ Day'. At each venue, Graham will play two Bach pieces, followed with a piece played by a recent organ student. Those interested in learning the organ (any age!) are especially welcome. Observers also welcome.



Date TBC 

Visit to Guildford Cathedral 

A visit to hear about the recent rebuild, and opportunity for members to play this large 4 manual instrument.


Saturday 6th; Late morning - afternoon

Visit to Worplesdon and Pirbright St Mary's, Worplesdon GU3 3RE & St Michael's, Pirbright GU24 0JJ

A visit to two very different organs in neighbouring parishes; including lunch betwen the two visits.


Date TBA 

Organ student event (details TBC)


Saturday 26th; 2.30-4.30pm

Improve your technique (venue TBC)

Following workshops in recent years on articulation, legato playing, and pedalling, Tom Bell now leads a session on improvisation. 



Date TBC

Members' recital & dinner (venue TBC)

The annual opportunity for members to prepare a piece to play to colleagues and friends, followed by dinner at a nearby restaurant. 


Saturday 14th; 2.30-4.30pm

Stanley & his contemporaries St Thomas-on-The-Bourne GU9 8HA

Following on from the sessions in 2018 (Buxtehude) and 2019 (Italian organ music) Julian Cooper directs a masterclass/workshop on the music of John Stanley and his contemporaries. An afternoon of discovery and learning; participants are invited to present a specific piece and receive helpful feedback. Observers also welcome.


During 2019 we held these events... 



Saturday 12th at 12 noon

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


Saturday 2nd; 9.30am – 5pm

London Organ Day Christ Church, Spitalfields E1 6LY


Monday 18th at 5pm

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



Saturday 27th; 2.30-4.30pm

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



Saturday 11th; All day

Visit to Dorset Wimborne Minster & Christchurch Priory 


Saturday 1st; 2.30-4.30pm

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


Monday 22nd; 7.30-9.30pm  

Visit to St Peter's Convent, Woking 


Saturday 14th; 2-4pm

Improve your technique St Mary's Church, Horsell



Saturday 12th; 5pm 

Members' recital & dinner St Mary's Cuddington (Worcester Park)


Saturday 9th; 2.30-4.30pm

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


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

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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