What’s happening in September?

1. Marilyn Harper has written an article entitled Musings in which she expresses a range of interesting thoughts , mostly philosophical, about the wonder of music and especially of the sound and playing of organ music.

2. We have some new music on Let the music sound where Member, Sara Best, plays Concerto in G major (Ist movement) Prinz Johann von Ernst (1696-1715), arr JS Bach




3. Our Chair, Andrew Chadney, has asked that this be put up:

As you will see from the ‘diary’ section of the website, there are some truly mouth-watering recitals looming including one by our esteemed president, Dr Harry Bramma. At St John’s, East Dulwich at 11am on Saturday 16th September. Harry will be playing a programme including Handel,Bach,Smart and Karg-Elert. I can’t recommend this highly enough. It would be wonderful to have a good turnout from members to support Harry. “.



4. Other recitals taking place in September are:

Norman Harper is playing at at St Matthew’s, Westminster, at 1.05pm on the 6th September a varied program of Bliss, Boyvin, Handel, Arro and JS Bach.

Norman Harper is playing at St Swithun’s at  6.00 on the 9th September. There is a popular program: Toccata & Fugue in D minor BWV 565, Bonnet Elfes, Debussy Arabesque No 2 and Scherzo and Toccata from Peeters Suite Modale.  Refreshments are available after the recital and there is a leaving collection.

Gilbert Rowland who recently  gave a harpsichord recital for the Society at St Augustine’s Church, Honor Oak Park, is giving an organ recitals on the10th September 7.45 at Christ’s Chapel Dulwich SE21. This  features the music of Domenico Scarlatti, Padre Antonio Soler and George Frederick Handel. Admission is free, with retiring collection and reception for all in the vestry afterwards. Everyone is most welcome.

Anthony Day is performing on the 16th Septemebr at 11.30 at Bromley Parish Church as part of the Open House weekend celebvrating the 60th anniverasry of the rebuilding of the church – retiring collection. His poster is on the Diary page

Norman Harper is playing at St Georges, Hanover Square on the 26th September at 1.10pm. He is playing : Arro, Lebègue, Bakfark, Franck, J S Bach.

5. In the Announcement section section there are a list of places that, should you or a friend be short of funds, can  go for help. I will try and develop this list into its own page, and if any of you know of other sources, could you let me know throught the Contact page and I will compile a more complete list of ‘opportunities’.

6. A list of Society events has been finalised and cirulated by email and letter. Here is a copy of that list. The events are also listed in the Diary section and on the Society events: Future and Past events pages

7. Marilyn has also asked that the following message be put on the Home page:

Ashley Valentine, one of our new members, will be demonstrating his improvisation skills in the Herne Hill Festival at St Faith’s Church, North Dulwich, on Sunday 15 October at 6.00pm when he accompanies a Hichcock silent movie, The Lodger, together with the Camberwell Community Choir and band, on the piano. Tickets are required for this event. Click on here  for more information and access to the ticket site. Prices £7, £5 concessions”. 

8. We have a new Committee Member, Lionel Bourne. He writes in his biog on the Committee page:

A Birmingham Conservatoire Graduate, I have been a School Teacher and more recently, Music Researcher for the BBC.  Since 2006 I have been Organist & Director of Music at St John the Divine, Kennington, overseeing a flourishing music programme which includes 100 children and adults across four choirs.  I am passionate about the organ and keen to encourage young players“.

You can refresh your knowledge of our other glamorous  Committee members by going to the Committee page


9. Notice from the South Bank Centre about their International Organ Series starting on the 25th September with a  recital by Simon Johnson organist of St Paul’s Cathedral. link 

10. Frank Roddy, of Bromley Parish Church, is looking for some cover. He says:

“I am looking for someone to play the morning Eucharist service on Sunday 10th September and 1st October at 10.30.  4 hymns, Thorne St Thomas setting plus usual voluntaries.  The fee is £60.  Hope someone out there might be available!”  Contact: francis.roddy23 @gmail.com

Also there is an Assistant Organists job going at the Bromley Parish Church for 1 or 2 years (or longer) – see details here

11. Mary Seers is looking for an organist for The Church of the Ascension, Blackheath. See details here


12. New IOA Preisdent takes office. Read all about it here.

13.September events – More info on the Diary and Annoucement pages

  • Gilbert Rowland will be giving an organ recital at Christ’s Chapel Dulwich on 10th September at 7.45, featuring the music of Domenico Scarlatti, Padre Antonio Soler and George Frederick Handel. Admission is free, with retiring collection and reception for all in the vestry afterwards. Everyone is most welcome. See diary page
  • Harry is the President of the Society, ex of Southwark Cathedral and All Saints Margaret Street W1 and former Director of the Royal School of Church Music. He will be giving a recital  at St John’s East Dulwich, SE22 9AT on the 16th September at 11.00am. Music:Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (from “Solomon”) by G F Handel Schmucke dich, O liebe Seele and Fantasia in G major (BWV 572) by J S Bach Andante in A by Henry Smart Pax Vobiscum and Marche Triomphale – “Nun danket alle Gott” by Sigfrid Karg-Elert
  • Connference and Concert: Unwanted irgans – what is there….Conference, Saturday 23 rd September 2017, 10am for 10.30-4.30pm. Venue: St Stephen’s Church Rosslyn Hill Hampstead NW3 2PP
  • There is a new fund to help organists of limited means set up by the Essex Organ Association in honour of one their members Christopher Kingsley. Announcements 
  • The Incorporated Association of Organists, has a Benevolent Fund and are keen to make more organists aware of it. Their website is http://www.iaobf.com
  • There are other souces of help to organists: the Eric Thompson Trustthe RCO have a series of scholarships and awards, the Royal School of Church Music Pipeline  Scholarships, The danbytrust.org

14. 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