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Category Archive: Events

Annual Conference 2017 – The Scottish Federation of Organists (SFO)

This year’s SFO Annual Conference takes place in the stunning locations of Abbotsford and Melrose in the Scottish Borders. The Borders Guild of Organists are hosting the event and has prepared and exciting and varied programme on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th of May. On Friday there is a guided tour and walk around Abbotsford House, the […]

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Organ Recital in Lyle Kirk Greenock Sunday 12th March at 3pm

An Organ Recital given by David J.W. Murray, Director of Music at Oakshaw Trinity Church, Paisley will take place on Sunday 12 March 2017 at 3pm. David, as a resident Scot, is a well known organist, accompanist and teacher throughout the West of Scotland. He regularly performs at Kelvingrove Art Galleries. David’s programme will consist […]

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A visit to explore the Wurlitzer Organ

On Saturday January 7th the RCO in conjunction with the Organ Club, arranged for a full day visit to the Troxy Cinema in Commercial Road East London to explore the Wurlitzer Organ installed there in 2015. What a day out it proved to be! Unfortunately I did not get there until the lunch break so […]

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Organ Recital at St Peter’s Church, Caversham

An Organ Recital by Christopher Cipkin will take place on 18 February 2017 at 4pm in St Peter’s Church, Caversham. This is a great opportunity to hear a recital on the wonderful new Regent Classic organ installed in 2016. You can read more about the installation here. Christopher Cipkin, past organist at Reading Minster, Reading […]

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Recital St Mary Witney Saturday 28th January at 7pm

An Organ Recital given by Francis Rumsey will take place on Saturday 28th January 2017 at 7pm in aid of the St Mary’s roof restoration fund. Francis Rumsey is the organist at St Mary Witney. As well as an accomplished player Francis is an audio engineer and former professor who will illustrate the programme with interesting information about […]

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RCO Academy: “The Conservatoire Experience”

This will be of interest to all teenage organists! This is a one-day programme on 11 February 2017 to pursue their organ playing through higher education. The British Conservatoires – The Royal Academy of Music, The Royal College of Music, Trinity College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, the Royal Northern College of Music, and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland […]

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Lyle Kirk Greenock Sunday October 23rd at 3.00pm

Local musician John Bell is giving another recital on our custom built 3 manual Regent installed by Soundtech Classical Organs of Irvine in Lyle Kirk. John will present a jaunty programme of music including Lefebure-Wely Sortie in E flat and Penguins Playtime by Ogden. John will also play the great Bacha D minor Toccata and […]

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RCO Academy – a half-term treat for young organists

The RCO Academy are running courses from Friday 28 Oct to Sunday 30 October (in the Autumn half term) for young organists and pianists. These are generously supported by The GMC Trust, The Williams Church Music Trust and The William Haddon Charitable Foundation. There are two courses to choose from: “Find your feet”  This is for early steps in […]

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Willis Pipe Organ Festival 8 to 11 September 2016

We are pleased to share with you the details of this special Festival which will celebrate the Willis Pipe Organ being fully restored after a decade of fundraising. This is the fourth Willis Pipe Organ Festival – the first three were part of fundraising efforts for the full restoration of the organ. After a total of […]

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The RCO Organ Scholar Experience

On a magnificent summer day in late July the RCO had invited a group of supporters to join them at a lunchtime reception in Trinity College to observe part of the ‘Organ Scholar Experience’ course taking place over 5 days at various colleges and also nearby Ely Cathedral. We gathered near midday in ‘the old […]

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The Aldington War Memorial

Those of you who are regular Facebook browsers may well have seen the request go out for a suitable instrument for this recent outdoor service to commemorate the opening of the new Aldington War Memorial. There was no immediate local response so we decided to help out  organist Andrew Butler, and arrange for our Cantorum […]

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RCO Academy – The Organ Scholar Experience 2016

There are some organ recitals I thought I would let you know about which you can attend in the summer in Cambridge. As you will know, the Royal College of Organists (RCO) run an Academy programme to train young organists. Each summer they run ‘The Organ Scholar Experience‘ (TOSE), a residential course for young organists. Members […]

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Quiz Winner John Alexander from Luton

This year we ran an extensive three month competition to introduce more people to the sound of digital church organs. We developed a Quiz that tested the players as to whether they could identify specific clips of music as a pipe organ or a digital organ. We had a phenomenal result in terms of the […]

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Recital St Mary’s Nottingham Sunday July 17th at 2.45pm by John Keys

John Keys was brought up and educated in Chester. On completion of his schooling, he was assistant organist at Chester Cathedral for 3 years, before becoming an organ scholar at New College, Oxford. There he was taught by Gillian Weir and Nicholas Danby. After graduating, he studied for 3 years at Geneva Conservatoire with Lionel […]

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Grand Celebration Concert | Selby Abbey 9 Sept at 7.00pm

Finally the restoration of the famous Hill Organ at Selby Abbey is complete! And to celebrate – we are joining Selby Abbey in one big grand celebration concert to mark this milestone. Shortly after installing our instrument in 2014 we recorded DVD’s of John Scott Whiteley and D’Arcy Trinkwon playing our instrument while their Hill organ was being restored. […]

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Irish Church Music Association Summer School

Our partner dealer, Jeffers Music of Bandon will be loaning a Viscount Envoy 350 Deluxe for use by the Summer School in their teaching and worship sessions. The Irish Church Music Association holds its 47th Summer School from Wednesday, July 6 to Saturday, July 9, 2016 in St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. The theme […]

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Organ Recital, Lyle Kirk – 15 May 2016

An Organ Recital given by David J.W. Murray, Director of Music at Oakshaw Trinity Church, Paisley will take place on Sunday 15 May 2016 at 3pm. David, as a resident Scot, is a well known organist, accompanist and teacher throughout the West of Scotland. He regularly performs at Kelvingrove Art Galleries. David’s programme will consist […]

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Diocese of Leeds Music Day 25 June 2016

We are sponsoring this summer’s Diocese of Leeds Music Day, in association with the Royal College of Organists. It will be held on Saturday 25 June 2016, 10am to 3pm at Wheeler Hall, Leeds Cathedral. You will get to hear and learn from: This is what you can expect from the day: 10.00am Registration and Coffee 10.15am […]

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Recital St Margaret Mary Southampton 7.00pm April 23rd

We are delighted to bring to your attention a recital at St Margaret Mary Catholic Church next Saturday at 7.00pm. This will be played on our Envoy 35-F instrument recently installed at the church. Recitalist, composer and liturgist Paul Inwood will play a varied programme with works ranging from the early 17th century right up […]

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Newcastle Organists Annual Dinner

I have not been to Newcastle for many years so was especially pleased to be invited to be the guest speaker at the Newcastle and District  Society of Organists Annual Dinner. This invitation came from Peter Chatfield, one their Vice Presidents – a very passionate organ person and who, like myself, is very active on […]

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RCO Academy – Raise Your Game 30 May 2016

Organists of all ages and levels – consider joining the RCO Academy in St Andrews, Scotland on Spring Bank Holiday Monday (30 May 2016) for an inspiring day promoted by RCO Academy in partnership with the University of St Andrews. This is a great ‘hands-on’ one day-programme (09:30 to 17:30) with tuition in small, informal […]

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RCO Easter Recitals – 31 March to 2 April 2016

The RCO are running their annual Easter Course this year from 31 March to 2 April in Oxford. The course is fully booked – however, during the event they will be promoting organ recitals by two of their distinguished teachers. We do hope that you can come along – or share this post within someone […]

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RCO Academy – “Set Your Sights” 2 April 2016

As you well know we support the RCO and like to keep you, our readers, informed when there are events, programmes or activities they hold that will be of interest for you. This one is for young organists. Join the RCO Academy team in Oxford on Saturday 2 April 2016. The programme is called: “SET […]

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London Organ Day – Saturday 5 Mar 2016

This year is the centenary of the death of Max Reger. Director of London Organ Day, Tom Bell, as sought to celebrate not only his music, but also those of other composers, especially German ones such as Brahms and Schumann. You will also get to hear music by J.S. Bach, whose influence cannot be understated. There are […]

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Recital St Mary Witney Saturday February 6th at 7.30pm

Francis Rumsey, organist of St Mary Witney is giving a recital on Saturday February 6th in aid of the St Mary’s roof restoration fund. As well as an accomplished player Francis is an audio engineer and former professor who will illustrate the programme with interesting information about the pieces and their composers. For some of […]

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RCO Academy: “The Conservatoire Experience” 20 Feb 16

This will be of interest to all teenage organists! This is a one-day programme on 20 February 2016 to pursue their organ playing through higher education. The British Conservatoires – The Royal Academy of Music, The Royal College of Music, Trinity College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, the Royal Northern College of Music, and the Royal Conservatoire […]

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Freemasons’ Hall Refurbished Willis Organ

Wednesday September 30th (2015) saw an early evening recital by Thomas Trotter to celebrate the refurbishment of the Willis Organ in the main meeting room of the United Grand Lodge of England. Built originally in 1933 it is the largest of 3 Willis organs in the building but the only one that has remained in […]

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Organ recital at Merrylea Parish Church Sunday November 22nd

The next recital at Merrylea Parish Church is going to be on Sunday 22nd November 2015. Peter Christie and John Burnett will be playing the programme below. The church is in the heart of the south side of Glasgow and serves the communities of Newlands, Merrylee, Giffnock and Cathcart. Admission for the recital is free, […]

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RCO Presidents Evening – 2015

St Lawrence Jury (SLJ) in the heart of the City of London is a most beautiful Wren style church largely rebuilt in the 1950’s after huge war damage. I have enjoyed many lessons there in the past with Catherine Ennis on the magnificent 3 manual Klais organ. On May 27th a group of guests attended […]

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An organ extravaganza | Lyle Kirk, Greenock

If you are in Scotland – you may like to know that the first recital of the 2015-2016 series of Music In Lyle Kirk is on Sunday 15 November. (Address: Greenock, Newark Street Building, PA16 7UR). They will have three local organists – Archie Shearer of Wellpark Mid Kirk, Greenock; Alan Rodger organist of St Mary’s Episcopal Church in […]

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Organ Lessons through the Royal College of Organists

Why not try an organ lesson with one of the Royal College teachers? You do not have to be expert and lessons are graded for relative beginners all the way up to diploma students. Details of lessons can be found at on the RCO Organ School Page. I have attended a number now. Usually a […]

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Organ Recital at Merrylea Parish Church 18 October

The next recital at Merrylea Parish Church is going to be on Sunday 18th October  2015. Peter Christie will be playing a programme to the theme of “A trip to France”. The church is in the heart of the south side of Glasgow and serves the communities of Newlands, Merrylee, Giffnock and Cathcart. Admission for […]

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Church of St Michele Mondaino

Mondaino is a beautiful historic hillside town just above Rimini with wonderful views out to the Adriatic. The walled medieval centre was highly defended with substantial gates but today the town has expanded well beyond its original centre. Mondaino is home to the headquarters of the Viscount International business which extends also to San Marino […]

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Merrylea Parish Church Sunday September 27th

The next recital at Merrylea Parish Church is going to be on Sunday 27th September  2015. The church is in the heart of the south side of Glasgow and serves the communities of Newlands, Merrylee, Giffnock and Cathcart. Admission for the recital is free, however a retiring offering will be gratefully received in aid of The […]

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Organ Fest, Birmingham 18 to 20 Sept 2015

This year’s #OrganFest15 promises to be a jam packed festival for the organ enthusiast. The festival is organised jointly by the British Institute of Organ Studies; the Incorporated Association of Organists (IAO); the Royal College of Organists (RCO); and the Birmingham Organists Association. They have planned a varied programme over three days, with choral music performed in the liturgy […]

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Oxford Recitals August 4th to 9th

This is a wonderful opportunity to listen to some of Oxford’s very best organs in use during the summer course introducing young musicians to ‘The organ Scholar Experience’. The marvellous new Dobson instrument at Merton will be played by Tom Bell. Also one of my favourites, the Walker in Exeter College an instrument in the […]

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Corsanico Music Festival July 11th to August 29th 2015

I can hardly believe a year has passed since I wrote up my first recommendation to visit the little hillside village of Corsanico above Viareggio and attend some of the lovely concerts in the Church of Saint Michele you see pictured below lit up for the May celebration of the Dolorosa.         […]

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Merrylea Parish Church Recital – Sun 5 Jul 15

The next recital at Merrylea Parish Church is going to be on Sunday 5 July 2015. The church is in the heart of the south side of Glasgow and serves the communities of Newlands, Merrylee, Giffnock and Cathcart. Admission for the recital is free, however a retiring offering will be gratefully received in aid of The […]

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Selby Abbey Organ Recitals in association with Viscount

We are pleased to announce that this summer we have arranged, in conjunction with Selby Abbey Trust, to host a number of Celebrity Organ recitals played on their spectacular Viscount Regent 356 digital organ. (We installed the organ in Sept 2014). Our organ will be installed while the historic William Hill organ undergoes restoration by Principal Pipe […]

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Organ Club tutorial organ week-end | Sept 15

Come and join other Organ Club members at this 3 day event to take lessons and build your confidence with the Organ Club’s top team of organists and teachers. Your £160 ticket for the week-end covers lessons/tuition; attending the Annual Celebrity Organ Recital in St Mary’s, Fotheringhay given by David Goode; and dinner in Glapthorne. […]

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Organ study trip to Germany | Schnitger and Schnitzels

The Organ Club, founded in 1926, is a community of all who are interested in the organ and organ music, its players and its music. The Club exists as a facility to promote awareness and appreciation of the art and science of the organ, its players and its music. Membership is open to all who are interested […]

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Our Regent 356 at the St Mary’s Organ Concerts |13 Jun & 19 Jul

We installed a custom built instrument at the at St Mary’s Nottingham (read about the installation here). Our Regent 356 (pictured left) has been placed in the building on 17 speakers with antiphonal departments that enables it to fill the church building with glorious sound. Now we are pleased to let you know that St […]

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Join us at the IAO Congress Norwich 27 July to 1 Aug 2015

(Picture above is of Norwich Cathedral)   We are very pleased to be attending and supporting the national IAO Congress, which will be held in Norwich this year. The wealth of Norfolk and in particular Norwich was built on the wool trade. This wealth created from the Middle Ages onwards financed the construction of many […]

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L’Organo della Pace – The Organ of Peace

Very near my home in Italy is the tiny and elevated village of Sant’ Anna di Stazzema. It is approached by a steep winding road that at times gives a dramatic view of the Mediterranean from Livorno in the south towards La Spezia in the north, a truly beautiful outlook. This summer my eye was […]

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Carol Williams and Kevin Bowyer Play the Battle of the Organs, Caird Hall, Dundee | Sharing A Live Viscount Experience

Many of us are familiar with the phrase ‘Jam and Jerusalem’ as an epithet for the Women’s Institute but did you know that ‘Jam and Journalism’ could be similarly applied to Dundee? Dundee’s association with jam stems from Janet Keiller’s 1797 ‘invention’ of marmalade (pictured left). Journalism in Dundee refers to the publishing company of D. C. Thomson & Co. […]

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David Briggs at The Yarm School | Sharing A Live Viscount Experience

I have to admit that I had never heard of Yarm until we were invited to quote for an instrument for the school’s brand new performing arts auditorium. It’s called the Princess Alexandra Auditorium – since the Princess opened it in May 2012. Yarm is a pretty old market town on Teeside near Middlesbrough situated […]

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