Our Calendar


CONFIRMED & PROPOSED DATES FOR 2019  – further details / confirmation will be added when available

Sat 7th September 2019

Visit to interesting organs in the area:

11:00        Edington Priory. 2014 Harrison
with Mark Venning & Edington organist

Lunch in Frome

2:30         Holy Trinity Frome

Allen Quantum-350 digital organ

4:00        Hemington Church (near Frome)

1869 Vowles (1 manual + Ped)
1996 restoration by Trevor Tipple
with addition of 2′ and ext Pedals.

Peter Simper the Churchwarden at Hemington will also talk about the fascinating history of this ancient 12th century Norman church.

 Further details in due course


Please advise the Secretary if you are attending this event in order that we can inform our host of the number attending.  

Sat 12th October 2019 at 7.30 pm

St Mary Magdalene Church, Church Square, Taunton TA1 1SA

Father Willis Organ Renovation Celebration Gala Concert

Presented by Charlie Taylor of BBC Radio Somerset

The Augmented Choir of St Mary Magdalene Church, Members of Taunton Choral Society, Brass Ensemble, Timpani, Vocal & Instrumental soloists,  ‘New’ Father Willis

A feast of music fit for a King – featuring our newly renovated Father Willis Organ,

To include Parry’s I was glad,

Widor and Böellman Toccatas with brass,

Handel’s Zadok the Priest, Sullivan’s The Lost Chord, etc etc..

Refreshments afterwards

Retiring Collection


Sunday 20th October 2019

St Mary Magdalene Church, Church Square, Taunton TA1 1SA

  • 3 pm Celebrity Recital by James Lancelot (formerly Master of the Choristers & Organist of Durham Cathedral) in celebration of the recent Father Willis Organ Renovation (Tickets £10 from the church, or TIC)
    • followed by afternoon tea, and then
  • 5 pm  Worship@5:  ‘Why is our organ essential?’
    a 45-minute service featuring the organ as a symbol of unity and
    mystery, led by the Rev. Dennis Cavaghan

Saturday 23rd November 2019 at 3 pm (followed by tea)

(preceded by SOCA AGM – details and precise timings to follow)

St Mary Magdalene Church, Church Square, Taunton TA1 1SA

Andrew Millington (formerly Director of Music at Exeter Cathedral)

Lecture Recital on Elgar

In this lecture/recital Andrew will explore both the organ works and transcriptions of Edward Elgar, and his affinity with this music following his upbringing in the Malvern area. The talk will be illustrated using the newly renovated Father Willis organ in St Mary Magdalene Church

(NB This list is regularly updated as things progress, we have more events in the pipeline, dates tbc!)