Local Organ Events

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2022

Friday 29 July, 1.15pm

Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. Organ recital by Jeanette Fishell (Chair of the Organ Department, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music), including music by Bach, Byrd, Eben and Hampton. Admission free. Retiring collection. Promoted by the Royal College of Organists as part of its 'The Organ Student Experience' course.

Thursday 11 August, 1.10pm

St Nicolas' Church, Newbury. Lunchtime recital by James Paget (St. Mary Magdalene-in-Paddington). Part of the Newbury and District Organists' Association Thursday recital series. Admission free. Retiring collection.

Thursday 18 August, 1.10 - 1.50pm

St Lawrence Church, Alton, GU34 2BW. Lunchtime recital by Rob Goldfinch. Admission free. Retiring collection. Contact 07928 516052 or tony.willman@mac.com for further details.

Friday 19 August, 12.30 - 1.15pm

Minster Church of St Mary the Virgin, Reading. Lunchtime Organ Recital by Ian Hillier (Director of Music, Reading Minster). Admission free. Retiring collection.

Monday 5 September, 1pm      ** BOA-supported Event **

Reading Town Hall (The Concert Hall). Lunchtime Organ Recital. Performer and programme to be confirmed. Tickets £5 in advance, or £6 on the door. Please note that the venue no longer accepts cash, so all payments must be made using a credit or debit card. Booking details will be available soon.

Thursday 8 September, 1.10pm

St Nicolas' Church, Newbury. Lunchtime recital by Stephen Holmes (St. Michael & All Angels', Lambourn). Part of the Newbury and District Organists' Association Thursday recital series. Admission free. Retiring collection.

Thursday 15 September, 1.10 - 1.50pm

St Lawrence Church, Alton, GU34 2BW. Lunchtime recital by Gerald Marlow. Admission free. Retiring collection. Contact 07928 516052 or tony.willman@mac.com for further details.

Friday 16 September, 12.30 - 1.15pm

Minster Church of St Mary the Virgin, Reading. Lunchtime Organ Recital by Gillian Blythman (Newbury). Admission free. Retiring collection.

Saturday 17 September, 12 noon & 1.30pm      ** BOA-supported Events **

Heritage Day at Reading Town Hall. Join Organ Curator, Dr William McVicker, organist David Pether and other members of the Berkshire Organists' Association in an exploration of the history and sounds of the internationally-renowned 'Father' Willis Organ in Reading Town Hall's Concert Hall. Find out how it works and listen to some stirring music. Afterwards there will be a chance for members of the public to try the instrument for themselves. Admission free. Sessions last approximately one hour. No need to book - just turn up!

Tuesday 4 October, 8pm

St Lawrence Church, Alton, GU34 2BW. Organ recital by Colin Walsh (Organist Emeritus, Lincoln Cathedral). Refreshments available from 7.30pm. Admission £10, or season membership ticket £60 for all 8 concerts between October 2022 and May 2023. Special concessionary rates for school/college students. Contact 07928 516052 or tony.willman@mac.com for further details. Alton Organ Society.

Saturday 8 October      ** BOA Event **

Possible visit to Blenheim Palace, or elsewhere. Details to be confirmed.

Thursday 13 October, 1.10pm

St Nicolas' Church, Newbury. Lunchtime recital by Roy Woodhams (Rector of Cranleigh, Surrey). Part of the Newbury and District Organists' Association Thursday recital series. Admission free. Retiring collection.

Friday 21 October, 12.30 - 1.15pm

Minster Church of St Mary the Virgin, Reading. Lunchtime Organ Recital by Christopher Sears (St John the Evangelist, Newbury). Admission free. Retiring collection.

Tuesday 1 November, 8pm

St Lawrence Church, Alton, GU34 2BW. Organ recital by David Davies (Buckfast Abbey). Refreshments available from 7.30pm. Admission £10, or season membership ticket £60 for all 8 concerts between October 2022 and May 2023. Special concessionary rates for school/college students. Contact 07928 516052 or tony.willman@mac.com for further details. Alton Organ Society.

Friday 4 November, 7pm for 7.30pm      ** BOA Event **

Annual Dinner at Stirrups, Maiden's Green, with guest speaker Ghislaine Reece-Trapp. Full details and booking forms were sent to members with the August newsletter.

Monday 7 November, 1pm      ** BOA-supported Event **

Reading Town Hall (The Concert Hall). Lunchtime Organ Recital. Performer and programme to be confirmed. Tickets £5 in advance, or £6 on the door. Please note that the venue no longer accepts cash, so all payments must be made using a credit or debit card. Booking details will be available soon.

Thursday 10 November, 1.10pm

St Nicolas' Church, Newbury. Lunchtime recital by Jonathan Holl (Windsor). Part of the Newbury and District Organists' Association Thursday recital series. Admission free. Retiring collection.

Friday 18 November, 12.30 - 1.15pm

Minster Church of St Mary the Virgin, Reading. Lunchtime Organ Recital by Andrew Prior (London). Admission free. Retiring collection.

Tuesday 6 December, 8pm

St Lawrence Church, Alton, GU34 2BW. Organ recital by Ben Bloor (Brompton Oratory). Refreshments available from 7.30pm. Admission £10, or season membership ticket £60 for all 8 concerts between October 2022 and May 2023. Special concessionary rates for school/college students. Contact 07928 516052 or tony.willman@mac.com for further details. Alton Organ Society.

Thursday 8 December, 1.10pm

Northbrook Street Methodist Church, Newbury. Lunchtime recital by Clive Grant (Crewkerne, Somerset). Part of the Newbury and District Organists' Association Thursday recital series. Admission free. Retiring collection.

Friday 9 December, 12.30 - 1.15pm

Minster Church of St Mary the Virgin, Reading. Lunchtime Organ Recital by Relf Clark (Didcot). Admission free. Retiring collection.

2023

Tuesday 3 January, 8pm

St Lawrence Church, Alton, GU34 2BW. Organ recital by Sachin Gungen (Portsmouth Cathedral). Refreshments available from 7.30pm. Admission £10, or season membership ticket £60 for all 8 concerts between October 2022 and May 2023. Special concessionary rates for school/college students. Contact 07928 516052 or tony.willman@mac.com for further details. Alton Organ Society.

Monday 16 January, 1pm      ** BOA-supported Event **

Reading Town Hall (The Concert Hall). Lunchtime Organ Recital by Andreana Chan (Pembroke College, Cambridge). Programme to include music by Boëllmann, Franck, Ghislaine Reece-Trapp and Percy Fletcher. Tickets £5 in advance, or £6 on the door. Please note that the venue no longer accepts cash, so all payments must be made using a credit or debit card. Booking details will be available soon.

Tuesday 7 February, 8pm

St Lawrence Church, Alton, GU34 2BW. Organ recital by Katherine Dienes-Williams (Guildford Cathedral). Refreshments available from 7.30pm. Admission £10, or season membership ticket £60 for all 8 concerts between October 2022 and May 2023. Special concessionary rates for school/college students. Contact 07928 516052 or tony.willman@mac.com for further details. Alton Organ Society.

Monday 6 March, 1pm      ** BOA-supported Event **

Reading Town Hall (The Concert Hall). Lunchtime Organ Recital by Marilyn Harper (Christ's Chapel, Dulwich). Programme to include music by Cecilia McDowall, Madeleine Dring, Buxtehude and Franck. Tickets £5 in advance, or £6 on the door. Please note that the venue no longer accepts cash, so all payments must be made using a credit or debit card. Booking details will be available soon.

Tuesday 7 March, 8pm

St Lawrence Church, Alton, GU34 2BW. Organ recital by Mark Shepherd (Charterhouse School). Refreshments available from 7.30pm. Admission £10, or season membership ticket £60 for all 8 concerts between October 2022 and May 2023. Special concessionary rates for school/college students. Contact 07928 516052 or tony.willman@mac.com for further details. Alton Organ Society.

Tuesday 4 April, 8pm

St Lawrence Church, Alton, GU34 2BW. Organ recital by Travis Baker (St Leonard's Church, Streatham). Refreshments available from 7.30pm. Admission £10, or season membership ticket £60 for all 8 concerts between October 2022 and May 2023. Special concessionary rates for school/college students. Contact 07928 516052 or tony.willman@mac.com for further details. Alton Organ Society.

Tuesday 2 May, 8pm

St Lawrence Church, Alton, GU34 2BW. Organ recital by Luke Bond (St George's Chapel, Windsor). Refreshments available from 7.30pm. Admission £10, or season membership ticket £60 for all 8 concerts between October 2022 and May 2023. Special concessionary rates for school/college students. Contact 07928 516052 or tony.willman@mac.com for further details. Alton Organ Society.

Monday 8 May, 1pm      ** BOA-supported Event **

Reading Town Hall (The Concert Hall). Lunchtime Organ Recital by Gillian Blythman (Thatcham). Programme to include music by Bach, Mendelssohn and Bob Chilcott. Tickets £5 in advance, or £6 on the door. Please note that the venue no longer accepts cash, so all payments must be made using a credit or debit card. Booking details will be available soon.

Monday 3 July, 1pm      ** BOA-supported Event **

Reading Town Hall (The Concert Hall). Lunchtime Organ Recital by an Eton College organ student. Programme to be announced. Tickets £5 in advance, or £6 on the door. Please note that the venue no longer accepts cash, so all payments must be made using a credit or debit card. Booking details will be available soon.