What’s happening in February?

1. Marilyn Harper has written a new article entitled What Fires a Musical ResponseThis month Marilyn Harper muses on the things which move some musically, but not always others.

2. Our Annual Composite Recital, hosted by Marilyn Nicholson at the Penge Congregational Church, is scheduled for the Sat 3rd February a 2.00-5.00pm.

3. Organ Market Place is an event taking place at the Southbank Centre on the 26th February. It is an occasion when organisation who have an interest in the organ world can promote themselves, and this year the Society has taken a table and also taken the unusual step of producing some promotional literature to catch attendees eyes. This is shown to the left and takes the form of a cup or glass mat that we hope will be taken away by the attendees to remind them of us. Full details of this event are given here


4. Note from our Hon Treasurer, Peter Ramell, to members about subscriptions.

“I am writing about subscriptions for 2018, which are generally due in January when the majority of members’ standing orders are paid, although some members pay at other times in the year.  Could you please complete the renewal form (downloadable from here)  and send it to me at the address shown, or email (peter.ramell@btinternet.com). Just a reminder that subscriptions are £16 for ordinary members, £11 for seniors and £6 for students. (Someone who joins as a student (18 or under) can continue to benefit from this lower student rate up to and including the age of 24, if they remain a full-time student.) Payment can be either by cheque or by standing order (to SSLSO’s bank account with HSBC). If you pay by cheque, could you please enclose a cheque with the renewal form. If you would like a new standing order form, a mandate form (with the HSBC account details) is available  from the here .   If there should be any problems please do let me know, on peter.ramell@btinternet.com .”

4. Organist’s appointment available from April 2018 at St Laurence, Catford to support the Director of Music, Jocelyn Freeman. Full details here.

5.   St John’s Upper Norwood are recruiting for a successor to Adrian Adams.  If anyone would like to know more or receive the application pack, they can contact Fr John Pritchard at sjunoffice@gmail.com or Bridget West at bridgetwest73@gmail.com.   Please click here  for more details.

6. Croydon Male Choir is seeking a new Musical Director.   The choir maintains a busy schedule of concerts and recordings.   Details from David Bannister bannisterdave@yahoo.co.uk or from here

7. February events – More info on the Diary and Annoucement pages 

  • There is a Society Event on Saturday, 24th February starting at 10.00 – 1.00 at St Laurence, Upminster, RM14 2BB where Richard Brasier will demonstrate the Kenneth Tickell organ. This will be followed in the afternoon 3.00-4.30pm by a second visit to St Mary’s Church, Woodford  where there will be an opportunity to play the fine organ by Grant, Degens and Bradbeer. Travel directions will be given nearer the time.
  • Sarah Kim gives a recital at the Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church on Sat 24th February at 4.00pm – see download for details
  • There is a Society event taking place at Southbank Centre where the Society has taken a table at the Organ Market Place on the 26th February 2018 starting at 17.00 and continuing through the evening until 21.30. The program includes a interview of Daniel Cook of Durham Cathedral by member William McVicker at 18.15. At 19.30 Daniel gives a recital, for which a ticket should be purchased. More info here and here. More about the Southbank Centre’s International Organ Series is given here

  • Bexley & District Organists’ & Choirmasters’ Association’s February Newsletter giving a list of 2018 events. – here
  • Another Society event is taking place where Harry Bramma, our President, will be talking about his life as a cathedral organist in an interview run by member Lionel Bourne on Saturday 10th March at St John’s Shirley, 38 Shirley Church Road, Croydon, CR0 5EE at 3.00 – 5.00pm. There will be an opportunity to play the fine Frobenius organ after the talk and refreshments

8. Funds to support Organists

We are compiling sources of funds to help organists. Currently we have found four. A list of these is downloadable from here.  If you know of any other sources please tell me through the Contact page.

8. Recital Guides

 The London Organ Concerts Guide
 National Organ Recitals
 South Bank International Organ Series

A personal note from the Web Editor

6Martin75On a personal note, I am not a professional web designer and have done my best, with the help of Committee members, to create a vehicle to increase the dialogue between members.There will be mistakes and difficulties over the forthcoming months and some of these ideas may well transform in the light of experience. For anybody interested in the papers I wrote for the Committee as I developed the ideas, and in truth to actually help me clarify my ideas, they are available on the ‘Notifications’ page.

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