Southwark and South London Society of Organists newsletter May 1st, 2021

Future events:

Saturday, May 15th. at 7.30p.m. on Zoom: we are having a quiz, set by four members of the Society. No prizes; just for the fun of trying your skills and knowledge. During the evening, we shall hear from our member Peter Wright, until fairly recently the Director of Music at Southwark Anglican Cathedral. Peter is currently in charge of music at Ripon Cathedral on a temporary basis. We’ll send out the link to this event nearer the time; please aim to join us by 7.20p.m, so that we can start punctually.

Saturday, June 5th: this will be our first real outing to visit a group of Churches for well over a year. We shall be visiting three churches in Thaxted and Saffron Walden in Essex. Wonderfully comprehensive details are attached here and our hosts are going the extra mile to welcome us. We look forward to good numbers. Please let Norman Harper know if you are coming, preferably by May 29th, but come anyway if you miss the deadline.

August: we hope to have an outdoor lunchtime social occasion. More soon.

Saturday, September 25th. at 2.30p.m: at St. Paul’s Church, Clapham, our President, Dr. Harry Bramma, will talk about his life in church music.

Saturday, October 9th. at 6.30 for 7p.m: postponed annual meal. We hope to use our 2020 venue. The speaker will be Katy Silverman, Director of Music at St. Mary’s Church, Battersea, who has had an impressive start to her musical career.

Saturday, October 16th. at 2.30p.m: session on French baroque music, led by Norman Harper at Christ’s Chapel, Gallery Road, Dulwich Village, SE21 7AD.

Wednesday, November 24th. at 7.30p.m: social evening, when you can share and play music. This will be at a member’s house and details are available on request from me.

2022: our Committee has many plans for next year. One is an education day, to be led by Anna Lapwood (who was on television last night, introducing potential musicians of the year). Do see In the meantime, and you may also like to see this!

We hope to restart our bursary scheme either by January. Next year’s events will include a session on repertoire led by Vice Chair Richard Pilliner.

Recital Roundup: Richard recently sent members an exciting list of recitals over the next few months, at various venues, see here.  See below for the list of recitals at my Church in East Dulwich.

Winchester and District Association of Organists: they are currently part way through a group of talks on Tuesdays at 7.30p.m. Three are yet to come, with Barry Rose on June 8th. and David Hill on June 29th. Before them is one on “Contemporary Music and improvisation” on May 11th, given by our own Norman Harper. All invited: please request a link if you would like to join.

A couple of links:

1. The bells of Banff – a short diversion from organ music; peaceful and with beautiful photography.

2. Marilyn has demonstrated some of the keyboard instruments at Horniman’s Museum, at Forest Hill. Now here is Steven Devine, who demonstrates and describes instruments from there: “Hear it Live! Digital” – Steven Devine at the Horniman Part 1. Steven knew some of these instruments when he was based at the living museum of keyboard instruments at Finchcocks in deepest Kent. The collection there was split when Katrina and Richard Burnett retired and Horniman’s received some of the instruments. You can follow Steven on

Many thanks to the able and hardworking Committee, who have been involved behind the scenes in putting our programme of events together.

I’ll send another newsletter in early June, probably on Wednesday 9th. Comments on this newsletter are welcome and do send anything which you may wish me to include. Let’s hope that we can enjoy the gradual route to a “new normal”!

Best Wishes,