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

Visit to Wiltshire – Saturday 25 February 2017

Visit to Wiltshire – Saturday 25 February 2017

soca-wiltshire-1-171Six organists from SOCA visited 3 organs in central Wiltshire.

We started at St Andrews just off the Market Place in central Chippenham and were welcomed by the former organist David Dewar and the President of the Wiltshire and Bath Organist’s Association, Geoff Oldnall. David gave us a short talk on the organ and played a piece by Weelkes, and a Psalm Prelude by Howells to demonstrate the three manual instrument. The organ boasts a range of interesting colours and members were able to enjoy playing it. Continue reading