What’s happening in January?

1. Marilyn Harper has written a new article entitled  The Rhythm of Life. In this article, Marilyn describes how the music we grew up with in the 1950’s-1970’s, morphs into newer expressions.

The Society’s Annual Dinner is on Wednesday 24th January 2018 at 7.00 for 7.30. This will be the third time we have held our dinner in this place so don’t miss coming to this enjoyable  event – and bring a  guest. More details given here

It is most important that you let our Hon Sec, Richard Pilliner, know if you intend to come and how many guests you wish to bring, so that the restaurant can know the numbers. There is no need to pay in advance.


3. 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. Details of how to take part and to book practice will be published shortly. But now is the time to get the music out, dust it down and think what a lot of people would be interested in hearing you play it!

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 .”

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

6. December events – More info on the Diary and Annoucement pages 

  • London Philharmonic Orchestra and James O’Donnell perform Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3 and Jongen’s Symphonie Concertante for organ and orchestra, op.81.Jongen’s rarely-performed symphony for organ and orchestra  at the Royal Festival Hall on Frid 19th Jan 2018 at 7.30pm. This is possibly the most spectacular organ concerto ever written.
  • Forthcoming Society event is the Annual Dinner at Bistro 1, 27 Frith Street, Soho, W1D 5LE  on the Wed 24th January, 7.00 for 7.30 price £20.
  • Organists Online and Music at Bloomsbury  at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Ave, WC2H 8EP, 27th Jan 2018 12.30- 7.00pm. More details here.
  • Forthcoming Society event on Sat 3rd Feb 2017  is the Composite recital of members at the  Penge Congregational Church, 172 High Street, Penge, SE20 7QS at 2.00pm

7. 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.

Martin Callingham