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Saturday 6th November 2021SOCA A.G.M at St Mary Magdalene Church, Taunton (with lunch at nearby restaurant):  Paul Hale will be the guest speaker and he will also give a recital on the Father Willis organ.


10 am AGM

11 am  Organ Recital by Paul Hale

12.30 pm  Lunch – for those who wish – advance booking by Sat 16th Oct required with our secretary jbodiley@hotmail.co.uk

2.30 pm  Presentation by Paul on his fascinating work as an organ consultant on projects from Wolverhampton to New Zealand (Tea and Cake served afterwards).

Pre-booking advised for either or both events (Concert & Presentation), please contact church office:

stmmtaunton@gmail.com tel 01823 272441

SOME DETAILS:  Paul is a distinguished recitalist, having played in prestigious venues around Britain, and abroad. In 2017, he was presented with a special award by the Archbishop of Canterbury for his outstanding contribution to English church music. He has chosen a one-hour programme full of interest, to display the resources of the recently-renovated organ in the church. An entertaining speaker, he is renowned for the knowledgeable and witty commentary on his chosen programme. The recital features music by J.S. Bach, Mendelssohn, Franck, and Jongen, and Eric Coates. An hour well spent amid early Christmas shopping! 

In the afternoon, at 2.30 p.m., Paul will be talking about his role as an organ consultant, in which capacity he has travelled widely, giving professional advice on organ renovation and construction. The talk will be illustrated from his portfolio of work offering advice on such projects as the rebuilding of organs damaged in the New Zealand earthquake, as well as projects nearer home.

Future plans  At a date and venue to be arranged, and in conjunction with the RSCM, it is hoped to hold an event featuring young musicians. Any young organists will be encouraged to play, and other young singers and instrumentalists will be asked to perform.  SOCA members who know of likely youthful performers will be encouraged to invite them.

Other events which are under discussion or being planned include an event involving young organists at King’s College, Taunton, a visit to the organ at Downside Abbey, and a visit to Michael Farley’s workshop to see the organ being worked on for Nairobi Cathedral. Watch this space!