1. We have received this message from Chris Stringfellow who has asked that the following should be published:
Closing date: 23:59 Friday 21st June; interview/audition 28th June or 5th July, late afternoon and early evening; to 1st September 2019 or sooner if possible.
2. The new Committee is being very engaged in getting a great set of activities arranged for the current year. Click here to get the current program for the Society up to November 2019 or click the image to get readable version now. The events program is still being developed but be sure all the old favorites are going to be included.
The first three main activities are expanded details here:
a.Keyboard skills workshop at St John’s, Goose Green — Saturday 8 June 3.30-5.30pm
Marilyn Harper will be leading a session on transposition, score-reading and sight-reading at all levels. The session will start at 3.30pm and last two hours; tea, coffee etc will be available. There is no charge for members, but donations on the day would be most appreciated to cover costs and Marilyn’s time and expertise. There are only 12 places available: first come, first serve. Please book your place in advance by email to Bridget West, stating which skill you would like to work on, and your approximate standard / ability / where you’re at / what you would like to achieve. This is essential so that Marilyn can be prepared and everyone gain the most from the afternoon. Observers are also very welcome. If you would like to come, please do let us know, so that we know to expect you and have enough mugs at the ready!
b. Visit to Birling, Ryarsh and Tudeley in Kent — Tuesday 2 July
We shall be visiting an organ workshop and two church organs, not to mention a village pub, on Tuesday 2 July. The timetable is:
11.00am Dr David Shuker’s organ workshop “At the Sign of the Pipe” Birling (near West Malling, north of the M20)
12.45pm Lunch at the Duke of Wellington, Ryarsh (a bit nearer to West Malling, but still north of the M20)
2.00pm St Martin’s Church, Ryarsh (nearer still to West Malling, south of the M20)
4.00pm All Saints’ Church, Tudeley — home of the famous Marc Chagall windows — hosted by Mr Philip French
c. Workshop on Romantic organ repertoire, Penge Congregational Church — Saturday 28 September
Norman Harper will lead a workshop on the organ music of Brahms, Schumann and other romantic composers
The meeting will begin at 2.30pm, and Norman will begin with an introduction and demonstration of short organ pieces of simple to moderate difficulty. Members will be invited to bring pieces of their own choice from this period, to perform and discuss informally. In order to encourage participation we’ll sit around the console area rather than in the nave of church.
Please save these three dates. Further details will be circulated nearer the time, and we shall then ask members to let us know if they will attend. The workshop at Birling is not very large, so we’d need to ensure maximum 20 persons. Also, we shall need to forewarn the staff at the Duke of Wellington pub of our advent.
3. As the work of producing the calendar of events preceded, it became apparent that it would be worthwhile to produce leaflet describing what the members’ benefits are, and Committee Member, Bridget West, has put one together which you can look at and download the document called Our Society
4. The education initiative, led by Ashley Valentine has attracted a lot of interest and the five successful candidates will be announced shortly. Click here to find out more about this initiative
5. Some photos of the recent St Giles and St James visit are now posted here.
6. The minutes of the AGM held in early September are now available and can be seen here. They give a good account of the past year for the Society and make interesting reading.
7. We have three new Committee Members: Norman Harper, Peter Smith and Robert Bowles have joined the Committee and Samzu Agbaje has left after, being Assistant Web Editor for four years (who I shall personally miss! anybody interested in helping me?). I shall get the new Committee Members’ details up on the ‘Committee Stuff’ pages as soon as I get them.