Wednesday 10th April  – 12.30 p.m. Melton Mowbray Parish Church

Visit to Melton Mowbray Parish Church

This is a Joint visit with Nottingham Association. The organ at Melton dates from 1832 but has had successive alterations and renovations in the 20th Century. In 2017 the organ was part of a massive reordering project in the church and a full refurbishment and extension of the organ was undertaken by the Nottingham firm of Henry Groves & Son. The organ now has 69 speaking stops, and a full modern complement of controls.
In 2010 the instrument was dedicated as the Sir Malcolm Sargent Memorial Organ in memory of his time at St Mary’s 1914-1924.
Tuesday 14th May 2019 7.00 for 7.30 pm – Horsley Lodge,
Smalley Mill Rd, DE21 5BL

Annual Dinner – Guest speaker: Colin Walsh


Colin Walsh has played many recitals in many venues in England, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the USA. The Telegraph once described Colin as “one of Europe’s finest church organists”. Since January 2003 he has been Organist Laureate of Lincoln Cathedral.
Thursday 27th June  2019 – Outing to London and St Albans
Visit to organs at the London Oratory and St Alban’s Abbey

This visit is planned to take in two landmark organs of the Twentieth Century:

The London Oratory organ is one of the most important built in London in the post-World War II era.   Possessing 45 stops on 3 manuals and pedals, it was designed by Ralph Downes, Organist of the Oratory 1936-77 who was the most influential British organ designer of that period. The Oratory also possesses two other fine modern instruments, a 2-manual, 16-stop instrument in the Little Oratory by Flentrop of Holland, built in 1975 and restored by the original builders in 2005 and a 3-stop chamber organ by Peter Collins of 1979, restored in 1998, in the sanctuary.

At St Alban’s Abbey, the 1963 Harrison and Harrison organ designed by Peter Hurford and Ralph Downes was revolutionary, being the first cathedral instrument in Britain to be voiced and built on ‘neo-classical’ lines, where the layout of the various sections of the organ is clear, logical and more concise than most traditional English Cathedral organs.

The plan for the day is for members to drive to St Alban’s, then take the train to London in time to arrive at the London Oratory at 1.00 pm.  Thence, return to St Alban’s to attend Evensong at 5.00 pm, after which we are invited to visit the organ loft.  Up to four members, chosen by ballot, will be allowed to play.

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