On 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 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
PENZANCE & HAUPTWERK by John Bodiley
I have just returned from a holiday in Cornwall, and discovered something that may interest other SOCA members who find themselves near Penzance. Continue reading
SOCA visit to Bristol, Saturday 7th October 2017
On 7th October some 9 members of SOCA spent a very enjoyable day exploring 3 significant organs in Bristol.
Tuesday 12th September 2017, St Michael’s Church, Creech St Michael
John Bodiley and Ray Willis gave of their time and expertise on Tuesday 12 September 2017 to introduce a small group of us to the art of improvisation. Many useful suggestions and techniques which are relatively simple in essence emerged. Continue reading
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
Six 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