What’s happening in January?

Marilyn Harper reflects on Christmas music  Our Chair writes and David Wakefield describes being part of two RCO trips visiting cathedrals in the Netherlands and the UK in Looking outwards’.

The Society visited to two churches in Clapham on 21st Jan 2017:  Christ Church, Union Grove, SW8 2QJ with Peter Smith the organist showing us round the organ  and later at St Paul’s, Rectory Grove, SW4 0DX with Robert Bowles telling us its interesting history. See Marilyn, Harper’s write-up here.

CLESO Invitation

On  Monday 6 February 6.45pm CLESO have organised a visit to Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, London SE1 9DA to play the Lewis organ. Please arrive for 6.45pm to meet Peter Wright.  If you are attending this event, please register using the CLESO online form or telephone 0203 022 0022Registering helps CLESO greatly with event organisation.

More information about the organ is available on the Southwark Cathedral website.

‘Let the Music Sound’

Our expanding website includes performances of organ music by our members. ‘Let The Music Sound’ now replaces ‘My Church’. Not everyone has a church connection and the Society wishes to encourage and welcome positive contributions from organists, choirs and singers whose affiliations may be different.

A successful visit to two churches in the Burnt Oak/ Edgware areas was done on Saturday the 12th November organised by Eric Shepherd. A write-up of this is here.

Gilbert Rowland harpsichord event

I have just added a write-up of this event and four of the pieces that he played, recorded by Christopher Town. The first three are about two minutes in length, the last one is seven minutes long. The link to the page is here. Gilbert has written an interesting description of the pieces that he played.

Notifications and Announcements

The Notification page has had two sorts of notification on it and we have now decided to split this into two pages. The Notifications page will continue to have events which have specific dates – a diary of events and has been renamed Diary. The new page, called Announcements, will have what was described as General Notifications in the past which are things of general interest that the Society has been told about but which do not have specific dates; this will include any series of concerts that we receive. The Monthly events (below) simply lists events that will take place in the next month or so.

January events – More info on the Diary page

  • Listing of SSLSO events up to May 2017
  • Visit to Christ Church, Union Grove, SW8 2QJ 21st Feb, 2.00. Peter Smith will host and St Paul’s Rectory Grove, SW4 0DX
  • Bloomsbury Organ Day, Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, WC2H 8EP, 28th January 2017, 12.30, link
  • The Organ Place at the Royal Festival Hall, 3rd Feb 2017 at 5.00pm – see the Diary page for more info
  • Register to sing evensong at Southwark Cathedral with John Webber and Graham Powell. The event is200_0097(I) (3) on 4th February 2017, but register interest now so John can plan. New information here  
  • CLESO visit to Southwark Cathedral – on 6th Feb 2017 at 6.45pm – see above for more info.


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