Meet others with and interest in organs and organ music
We are a small society of organ and organ music enthusiasts with about 75 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 also have short master classes in improvisation, registration, keyboard skills, an evening soiree and occasionally talks or performances. Our programme for 2020 is here although currently events are on hold because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The meetings are informal and some people just come to hear the music, but it is also a marvellous 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 in January, 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.
We have an excellent website (sslso.org.uk) where the Home page describes the future activities. 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, a former Chair, has written in the past a monthly blog, on topics that attracted her attention.
Our annual subscription is modest – £20 for full membership: £14 for senior (over 65) and £7 for students. 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 or the organ.
Our motto is ‘Friendly and helpful’, so why not join us now or contact our Treasurer/Membership Sec on firstname.lastname@example.org
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