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4Peter75I am Peter Ramell, the Treasurer and Membership Secretary, and I want to tell you about our Society and the reasons why you might like to join us.

We are a small society of organ and organ music enthusiasts with about 60 members, mainly, but not exclusively, from South London.

Our activities include visits to a number of churches where we are introduced to the organ, hear it being played, and get an opportunity to play it ourselves. We alsoSSLSO member concentration have short master classes in improvisation, registration, keyboard skills, an evening soiree and occasionally talks or performances.

The meetings are informal and some people just come to hear the music, but it is also a marvelous opportunity to share thoughts with other like-minded people and establish contacts and broaden our general perspective.

We have two popular social events once a year: an ‘Annual Dinner’, generally held mid-week in a Bistro in Soho, and a ‘Composite recital’ by members and friends, kindly hosted by one of our members, Marilyn Nicholson, at the Penge Congregational Church. This latter event attracts people of all playing levels from across our membership and is very popular. So get practicing for our next Composite Recital in early 2019.

We have an excellent website (sslso.org.uk) that is run as a monthly magazine where the Home page describes the activities of the coming month. Members can promote their recitals or events by putting stuff up on the Diary page and make announcements on our Announcement page (for sale, jobs etc) and we have a unique way in which members can put this up such that it becomes live immediately. You could also have a recording of yourself playing on the Let the music sound page and we can arrange making a video of you doing this as part of the member’s service, if you wish. Marilyn Harper writes a monthly blog, on topics that attract her attention.

Our subscription is modest and part of it gives us an affiliated status with the Incorporated Association of Organists. This gives us access to the IAO’s quarterly journal, the Organists’ Review at a reduced rate and allows us to be able to take part in the Annual Congress and the London Organ Day.

The Society is non-denominational; the only qualification needed is an interest in organ music.

Our motto is ‘Friendly and helpful’, so why not join us now or contact out Treasurer/Membership Sec on peter.ramell@btinternet.com either way go to our website sslso.org.uk to enjoy our content.

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So, join the Society now!

The Application form is here

And if you want the added convenience of setting up a standing order, go here.

If you have any queries on Membership especially queries regarding the annual subscription or Gift Aid please contact me through the Contact Us page.