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Saturday 21 November 2015
SOCA AGM WITH GUEST SPEAKER ANDREW MILLINGTON

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(From left) Stephen Bell, SOCA Chairman Ray Willis, Guest Speaker Andrew Millington, Marion Mainhood, David Mainhood

Tuesday 10 November 2015
THE NATIONAL IAO CONGRESS AT NORWICH: A PERSONAL VIEW

Saturday 31 October 2015
TEA CONCERT FOR ORGAN & STRING QUARTET AT CREECH ST MICHAEL
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(From left) Michael Hollis, Sarah Cochrane, Patrick Rendell, Peter Cox, Alison Rendell, Stella Warren
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Saturday 17 October 2015
CONCERT FOR ORGAN & HARP AT ST MARY THE VIRGIN MOORLINCH
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John Bodiley and Naomi Chidgey
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Friday 2 October 2015
ANDREW CARTER & ELLA LEONARD “STUNNINGLY GOOD” AT BROMPTON REGIS

Saturday 26 September 2015
THREE ORGANISTS IN CONCERT AT TAUNTON UNITARIAN CHAPEL
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(From left) Vicky Heavisides, Eleanor Dixon, Ian Heavisides, Jay Waite, Sue Bowdrey, Peter Cox, Judith Cox
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Thursday 10 September 2015
MARCUS WIBBERLEY DELIGHTS WELLS CATHEDRAL LUNCHTIME AUDIENCE
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Marcus Wibberley relaxes after his Wells Cathedral recital
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Thursday 10 September 2015
PETER KINGSTON RECITAL AT ST CUTHBERT’S WELLS
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Peter Kingston by the console at St Cuthbert’s (just before his fans descended!)
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Tuesday 01 September 2015
SOCA WORKSHOP ON FRENCH CLASSICAL ORGAN MUSIC

Saturday 08 August 2015
IAN HEAVISIDES TRAINS FIRE ON HOLY TRINITY TAUNTON
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(From left) Mrs Vicky Heavisides, Dr Ian Heavisides, Fr Julian Laurence
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Wednesday 22 July 2015
MARGARET PHILLIPS MASTERCLASS: “A CELEBRATION OF BACH THE ORGANIST”
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(From left) Miles Quick, Hilary Shaw, Margaret Phillips, Peter Cox, John Radford
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Thursday 09 July 2015
SHAUN WARD BLOWS WELLS AWAY
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Shaun Ward in the Quire after his recital
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Saturday 27 June 2015
MARY MORGAN & STEVE GRAHAM IN CONCERT AT ST MARY MAGDALENE TAUNTON
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Mary Morgan and Steve Graham
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Saturday 27 June 2015
JOSHUA XERRI ORGAN RECITAL AT ST JOHN’S GLASTONBURY
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Joshua Xerri alongside the St John’s pulpit with its distinctive hourglass, a gift from the American Embassy after D-Day
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Saturday 13 June 2015
ORGAN & TRUMPET RECITAL AT ST GILES THURLOXTON
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(From left) Alfred Jewel Benefice’s Curate Eleanor King, Claire Powell, Joan Winspear, Miles Quick, Ray Willis
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Saturday 30 May 2015
“MUSIC FOR MIND & BODY” CONCERT AT BRIDGWATER
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(From left) St Mary’s organist Doug Smith, Nicholas Freestone, Ruth Jeanes, Hannah Deason-Barrow, John Bodiley, Ray Willis
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Saturday 25 April 2015 SOCA YOUNG MUSICIANS RECITAL AT GLASTONBURY
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(From left) Derek Dorey, Alexander Henshaw, Nicholas Freestone, Hugo Dodsworth, SOCA’s Patron Lady Gass, and her sister Mary Ackland-Hood
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Thursday 12 March 2015 NICHOLAS FREESTONE IN RECITAL AT WELLS
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Nicholas shares a hug with his grandparents and great-uncle
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Thursday 12 February 2015 TIMOTHY PARSONS DEBUTS AT WELLS
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Timothy Parsons
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Saturday 7 February 2015 SOMERSET ORGANIST RECEIVES BRITISH CITIZENS AWARD

Friday 6 February 2015 WE HAVE A WINNER!

Saturday 24 January 2015 MUSICSPACE PRESENTATION AT ST ANDREW’S TAUNTON
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Alan Cook, Organist of St Andrew’s Taunton, enjoys a spot of music therapy with Fran Bainbridge of MusicSpace
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Thursday 8 January 2015 KRIS THOMSETT KICKS OFF 2015 LUNCHTIME RECITALS AT WELLS
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Kris Thomsett (left) in conversation with Jonathan Vaughn, Assistant Organist at Wells Cathedral
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Saturday 22 November 2014 MATTHEW OWENS PLAYS “WIND & WAVE” RECITAL AT KINGSBURY EPISCOPI
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(From right) Recitalist Matthew Owens, host organist Jess Bromfield, and the Revd David Gent, Vicar of St Martin’s
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Saturday 1 November 2014 SOCA AGM WELCOMES GUEST SPEAKER PAUL HALE
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(From right) Geoffrey Bond, outgoing SOCA chairman Brendan Chandler, new SOCA chairman Ray Willis, guest speaker Paul Hale, Mrs Anne Hale, Mrs Jane Woolrich
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Friday 31 October 2014 SOCA WEBSITE REACHES FIRST 10K HITS MILESTONE
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Our website’s Statistics page at 8.01am this morning, showing 10K hits at lower right
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Thursday 9 September 2014 SIMON WILLIAMS GIVES RECITAL AT WELLS CATHEDRAL
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Simon Williams (left) with Jonathan Vaughn, Assistant Organist at Wells (centre), and composer Brian Kelly (right)
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Thursday 25 September 2014: “WIND & WAVE” MAKES A SPLASH AT WELLS

Saturday 23 August 2014: ILMINSTER “WIND & WAVE” RECITAL WITH IAN HEAVISIDES
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Ilminster organist Ian Heavisides (right) with fellow organist Stephen Bell, another veteran of the “Wind & Wave” series
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Thursday 14 August 2014: CATHEDRAL CAT SLEEPS THROUGH LANQUETUIT TOCCATA
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Matthew Redman (3rd from left) with members of Wells Cathedral Voluntary Choir: Nerissa Faulkner, Andrea Green, Chris Willoughby, Rob Willoughby, and Catherine Greenwell
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Saturday 2 August 2014: REV. JOHN GUTTRIDGE’S RECITAL AT ST JOHN’S PAWLETT
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(From left) Rev. Doris Goddard, Rev. John Guttridge, Dr. Mike Stewardson

Saturday 20 July 2014: CONCERT FOR ORGAN, CLARINET & SOPRANO AT ST GEORGE’S WEMBDON
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(From left) Rev. Ed Moll, Ellen Tiso, Hannah Deason-Barrow, Jenny Bodiley, John Bodiley

Saturday 12 July 2014: DOUBLE ORGANS & TRUMPET BLAST ST MARY MAGDALENE’S, TAUNTON
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(From left) Miles Quick, Gregory Steward, John Bodiley

Wednesday 9 July 2014: JOHN BELCHER RECITAL AT ST MARY’S MOORLINCH
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John Belcher at the Moorlinch organ

Wednesday 18 June 2014: ORGAN, CELLO & VOICES IN YEOVIL “WIND & WAVE” CONCERT
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(From left) Fiona Donaldson (Head of Sixth Form BSG), Matt Dury (Director of Music BSG), Flora McLaren, Monique Sang, Eva Cowlishaw, Maggie Kasprzak, Julia Robbins, Rachel Robbins (Deputy Head BSG), Ray Willis (Organist at St John’s & Keyboard Tutor BSG)

Saturday 14 June 2014: ST JOHN’S GLASTONBURY LUNCHTIME RECITAL
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(From left) Ben Hecks, Organ Scholar at St John’s, Derek Dorey, Organist of St John’s, and the Revd David MacGeoch, Vicar of St John’s (note the keyboard shirt!)
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