Tuesday April 25th 2023: Visit to King’s College, Taunton, starting at 5.15 p.m.
The programme for this event has been timed to fit in with normal school activities, and will take place in the school chapel, beginning at the end of their choir practice at 5.15.
Firstly, the choir will sing a piece accompanied by organ, probably a movement from the Faure Requiem. Then the organ students will play, and finally members will have the opportunity to try the organ for themselves.
The organ has been described by Stephen Bell, who knows it well from his time as Director of Music at the college, as an excellent instrument, one of the best 2-manuals in the South West, alongside Stogursey Priory and St Paul’s, Honiton.
Please inform the Association Secretary, firstname.lastname@example.org, by Tuesday 18th if you intend to join us there.
Other meetings for May, June and July are in course of arrangement. However, we already have a clear outline of our Autumn programme
Saturday September 30th 2023: Visit to Beer Wurlitzer and St Michael’s Church
The Wurlitzer organ installed in Beer Congregational Church is the oldest in the country, having been first installed in the Picture House in Walsall in 1925. It is now lovingly cared for, and used for regular monthly concerts through the year. After a short talk and demonstration we will have the opportunity to play it ourselves.
We will also be visiting the Parish Church of St Michael on the opposite side of the road to see, hear and play the fine organ there.
Friday October 13th 2023 at Taunton Minster: Illustrated talk by Stephen Bell. “What Makes a Good Hymn Tune?”
(Date to be confirmed)
This event is a sequel to last October’s very successful workshop in which John Bodiley introduced us to some new tunes for familiar words. We look forward to hearing Stephen’s answers to the question he has asked, and to the discussion which will hopefully ensue.
Saturday November 18th 2023 at Taunton Minster: AGM and recital by David Bednall
Events for 2023 are being finalised – watch this space!