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 Bodiley) 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

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

SOCA AGM and Annual Lunch, Saturday 4th November 2017

agmnov17-peter-cox-soca-secretary-173[1]SOCA AGM and Annual Lunch at the Ring of Bells, Ashcott, Saturday 4th November 2017

Peter Cox (right), retiring Secretary of SOCA, receiving a gift from our Chairman Ray Willis on behalf of all members, thanking him for his tireless and splendid work in communication, fixing, galvanising and keeping us all in touch.  Peter has also been the enterprising Music Director at Creech St Michael Parish Church.  Thank you, Peter – we will greatly miss you, and we wish you, Judith and Megan all the very best in Stratford-on-Avon! Continue reading

Practice makes Perfect – or does it? Talk by Hilary Shaw

Talk by Hilary Shaw at St Mary the Virgin, Cheddon Fitzpaine
Tuesday 9th May 2017

Hilary Shaw (SOCA committee member) gave a presentation about this aspect of an organist’s creative life. The attractively situated church at Cheddon Fitzpaine is worth a visit in its own right, and it was made to feel warm and welcoming for the occasion, with refreshments in an interval. The organ is a two manual tracker by Osmond of Taunton dating from about 1900, with a concave straight pedal board and a ratchet swell pedal – a bit of a challenge in other words! Continue reading