Buckfast Abbey Organ

buckfast-abbey-west-end-2-1SOCA members may be interested in a first-hand account of the new Ruffatti organ in Buckfast Abbey. I (John Bodily) went on Epiphany Sunday to hear Richard Lester play Messiaen’s La Nativité. This is a piece I always enjoy listening to, though I privately think that a couple of the movements are overlong and rather repetitive! Apologies if this upsets Messiaen buffs. Continue reading

Chairman’s Report – November 2018

ChairmanThis year has seen a range of activities featuring many different instruments and styles so indicative of the versatility of our chosen instrument. It is interesting to note the predominance of large organs which are so much a part of our recent heritage of technological development since the mid- Victorian era. But there are many small and chamber organs, some with only a single manual (as is the one I play regularly at the Bishop’s Chapel) and these challenge our musical ingenuity to play repertoire that works well making the best of restricted resources. Continue reading

SOCA trip to The Royal Albert Hall, Tuesday 15th May 2018

rah_48551805897_1On 15th May, members of SOCA and friends took a minibus trip to London, to attend A Grand Organ Celebration. We went for the day to make the most of the visit, and the weather co-operated, providing a beautiful, warm and sunny Spring day. Members occupied themselves during the day visiting various sights, and John Crump even managed to fit in a lunch-time recital at St. George’s, Hanover Square. In the evening, we joined the four and a half thousand people in the hall for the recital, given jointly by David Briggs, Wayne Marshall and Olivier Latry. Continue reading