PROGRAMME FOR 2017/2018
Our aim to ENCOURAGE THE YOUNG PERFORMER
- Saturday 23 September 2017: ALL HANDS ON DECK!
- Saturday 7 October 2017: ALL OFF TO LONDON
- Saturday 18 November 2017: THE SOA ANNUAL LUNCH AND RECITAL – BURY ST EDMUNDS
- Saturday 20 January 2018: A VICTORIAN DAY IN IPSWICH
- Saturday 10 February 2018: A DAY WITH BOUDICCA IN COLCHESTER
- Saturday 17 March 2018: A KIST OF WHISTLES
- Saturday 14 April 2018: A DAY IN NORFOLK
- Saturday 19 May 2018 : ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AT ST PETER’S CHURCH SUDBURY
We expect members, who wish to play the various instruments we visit, to perform a well prepared piece lasting no longer than 5 minutes.
We always give a gift to the Churches we visit of £40. Sometimes there are other costs involved; we invite members, visitors and guests to make a contribution of £10 per meeting.
Where there is no specific date requested for a meeting, members are asked to let the Hon. Secretary, Stephen Hogger, firstname.lastname@example.org know A WEEK IN ADVANCE that they are attending please.
This programme is liable to last minute alterations.
SATURDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 2017: ALL HANDS ON DECK!
ORGAN COMPETITIONS DAY, a part of The Suffolk Festival of Performing Arts. 10.00 to c.17.00
MORNING: ST MARY AT THE ELMS CHURCH IPSWICH
AFTERNOON: ST MARY LE TOWER CHURCH IPSWICH
Adjudicator: Gerard Brookes. Members of the Association are needed to provide hospitality for all attendees as Stewards and providers of refreshments. Contact: Roger Pulham email@example.com
Saturday 7 October 2017: ALL OFF TO LONDON
- Travel: Train. Ipswich 0843 Manningtree 0853 Colchester 0903.
- 10.15: Meet at Holborn Underground Station. Walk to Lincoln’s Inn Chapel. William Whitehead will talk about the Orgelbuchlein project and play some of the modern compositions. This project is intended to cover those chorales which Bach never achieved. William will demonstrate the organ (Tickell 3 manual) and play some of the contemporary compositions. Afterwards you will have the opportunity to play the organ.
- c.12 noon Own arrangements for lunch either in the Kingsway area or around Oxford Circus where we will be heading.
- 14.00 meet at All Saints Church, Margaret Street. Tim Byram-Wigfield will demonstrate the organ (Harrison 4 manual 1907/1957/2002). After, you will have the opportunity to play the organ and meet both Tim’s assistant and organ scholar.
- An urn for tea and coffee will be provided. At 16.00 leave All Saints and return to Liverpool Street via Oxford Circus and the Central Line.
- Donation £ 10. Please let our Secretary know you are coming by September 30 firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 18 November 2017: THE SOA ANNUAL LUNCH AND RECITAL – BURY ST EDMUNDS
12.15 for 12.30: Meet at Bills, 50 Abbeygate St, Bury St. Edmunds IP33 1LJ for the lunch. The up to date menu may be found on their website Please pre-order from the menu and pay as you go through the Secretary email@example.com by Saturday 4 November.
Our guests will be Alex and Dora Binns – Alex was appointed Sub–Organist at the Cathedral in 2016. At 14.00 we shall make our way to St Mary’s Church where c.14.30 Alex will give an organ recital. You will have the opportunity to play the organ after the recital. Finish c.16.00 Donation £10
NO MEETING IN DECEMBER
Saturday 20 January 2018: A VICTORIAN DAY IN IPSWICH
- 11.30, The President, Martin Ellis and Andrew Leach will give a short recital in St Mary’s at the Elms Church, including the Duet for Organ by Samuel Wesley.
- c. 12.30: Lunch (optional) at Arlington’s in Museum Street where you could meet the speaker for the afternoon.
- c14.00 we cross the road to the warm environment of Museum Street Methodist Church for a lecture given by The Rev’d Canon Dr Nicholas Thistlethwaite lately Canon Precentor and Sub Dean of Guildford Cathedral. His subject: The organ builders Gray and Davidson. Nicholas is writing a book about this important Victorian firm. His PhD was the iconic book The Making of the Victorian Organ.
- Tea and cake will be provided. Finish: c.16.00
Saturday 10 February 2018: A DAY WITH BOUDICCA IN COLCHESTER
- Travel: by Car. At 11.00 we meet at St Botolph’s Church where Colin Nicholson will demonstrate the organ. You will have the opportunity to play the instrument.
- At 12.30 walk up in to the Town centre and make for lunch – own arrangements.
- At 14.00 we meet at Lion Walk URC for a Master Class. We shall welcome three young organists. David Pipe (former ADOM York Minster; Founder of the new Leeds RC Diocesan Organ School)will help these young players to improve their performances.
- c.15.30: Tea and Cake
- At 16.00: David will give a recital on the 3 manual HNB/ Walker organ Finish: c.1700.
Saturday 17 March 2018: A KIST OF WHISTLES AND TWO RECITALS BY STUDENT MEMBERS!
Please note this is a change to the programme.
- At 13.30 Gather at Christ Church URC/Baptist, Tacket Street Ipswich where Gilbert Jackson will give a short organ recital.
- At 14.00 John Norman will give a power point presentation A Kist of Whistles helping us to understand the pipework which lies behind the name on the stop knob at the console.
- At 15.30 Tea and Cake
- At 16.00 Jonathan Palman will give a recital on the 3 Manual Bishop/Hill Norman & Beard organ Finish c. 17.00
Saturday 14 April 2018: A DAY IN NORFOLK
- Travel: by Train – Colchester 08.23, Manningtree 08.31, Ipswich 08.44, Stowmarket 08.55. Change at Norwich.
- At 11.00 we meet at St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Cromer. The organist, David Shippey, will demonstrate the instrument (N&B 1888/1948 Bower 4 manual) after which you will have the opportunity to play the organ.
- c.12.30: Lunch own arrangements and a stroll on the prom! We shall retrace our steps to the station.
- 14.58 train to North Walsham.
- At the Parish Church at c.15.30, Harrison Cole, another of our young members will give a recital after which you may play the organ (3 manual Hill 1875 HNB 1964 Bower 2010)
- After Tea and Cake retrace our steps to the station and board the 17.15 to Norwich where we shall change on to the 18.00 Stowmarket, Ipswich, Manningtree and Colchester train./li>
Saturday 19 May 2018: ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AT ST PETER’S CHURCH SUDBURY
- TBC At 15.00 hours, Nicholas Freestone, Organ Scholar of St Paul’s Cathedral will give a recital (Lewis 3 manual).
- After Tea and Cake, we shall hold the Association AGM at 16.30. Finish c. 17.30
Saturday 23 September 2017
SUFFOLK ORGANISTS' ASSOCIATION IN COLLABORATION WITH THE SUFFOLK FESTIVAL OF PERFORMING ARTS AUTUMN 2017
The Council of SOA are glad to announce that we can confirm that organ classes will restored to the Festival in Autumn 2017.
They will take place on Saturday 23 September 2017. As usual entries will be taken on line and candidates should refer to the Festival syllabus for 2017. Entries are made on-line. Please refer to the Suffolk Festival websitePlease note that although these competitions are intended to encourage young organists, the event is open to all organists in East Anglia and beyond.
The classes will be as follows:
- Grades 1 – 3
- One piece
- 3 minutes playing time
- Grades 4 – 5
- Two contrasting pieces
- 5 minutes playing time
- Grades 6 – 7
- Two contrasting pieces
- 8 minutes playing time
- Grade 8 and above
- Three contrasting pieces
- 20 minutes including breaks
- Candidates in the recital class will be expected to produce a time sheet showing the length of each piece and the timing of the breaks between each. This is in line with the practice of the new ABRSM diploma ABSM which comes into operation on 1 January 2017.
The Beginners and Transitional Classes will take place in St Mary at the Elms, Ipswich (3 Manual early Hunter) whilst the Advanced and Recital Classes will take place in St Mary at the Tower, Ipswich (3 Manual Willis/Spurden Rutt and Bishops). Candidates will be advised about practice times after entries have been received and after the closing date. Piston Settings will be notified at the same time.
There will be a trophy for each class. The winner of the Recital Class will be awarded three Organ Recitals sometime in 2018. The three venues are Southwark Cathedral, the Moot Hall, Colchester and Methodist Central Hall, Westminster conditional on the winner gaining a mark above 90. There may be two recitals for the runner up at other venues if he or she gains a mark above 90.
The adjudicator for 2017 is Gerard Brooks. Gerard is Director of Music at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster and Curator Organist of Christ Church, Spitalfields. He is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music and also teaches at Latymer Upper School and for the RCO Academy. Gerard is a regular tutor on RSCM and RCO courses and has also taught for the London Organ Day, Oundle for Organists and the Edinburgh Organ Academy. He is the founding Director of the London Organ Improvisation Course and is on the examination panel of the Royal College of Organists.
If further information is required please contact Martin Ellis