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What were BOA members up to in 2015?



02 Dec 15
Moseley Golf Club

Christmas Dinner with Worcestershire Organists Association
Following a splendid meal in a private function room, our guest after-dinner speaker was IAO President PETER KING, director of music at Bath Abbey, who entertained us with amusing anecdotes of performances with the CBSO under Simon Rattle and a recital in Cologne Cathedral.
18 Nov 15
St Mary's, Moseley

Improvisation in a liturgical context
Our president MICK PERRIER presented this session to help those of us who have to "fill the gaps" in worship.  He was supported with demonstrations from JOHN PRYER, a famed exponent of the art of improvisation.
12 Oct 15
St Faith & St Laurence, Harborne

Annual Service
This year's service was a Choral Evensong directed by BOA member SIMON PALMER, who was celebrating 35 years as Organist & Choirmaster at St Faith & St Laurence.  The introit O fear the Lord was by David Bruce-Payne, and the anthem Walk humbly with your God was by Malcolm Archer. The organist was David Griffiths, who chose Fugue by Jacques Ibert as the closing voluntary.
19 Sept 15 Broadway URC, Walsall25th anniversary recital by Daniel Bishop
BOA was responsible for promoting this event, which was part of OrganFest 2015, organised jointly with BIOS, the IAO and the RCO.  Daniel Bishop plays the country's largest organ - the Willis in Liverpool Cathedral - and provided a typically Liverpool programme of accessible music to mark the 25th anniversary of the construction of Broadway URC's organ.
8 Aug 15 Shrewsbury
Visit to Shrewsbury
Sunshine greeted our arrival in Shrewsbury where we were welcomed at St Chad's by Tony Pinel, and spent the morning playing & listening to the organ recently restored by Harrisons to very good effect.  After lunch, we were introduced by Bill Smallman to the large Binns organ in St Mary's.  Those brave enough ascended the very steep & narrow open spiral metal staircase to the console.
27 Jun 15

Visit to the workshop of Peter Collins Ltd and Ratcliffe College
The weather provided us with a glorious summer's day for our Leicestershire visit, starting with a fascinating insight into the work of Peter Collins Ltd (including a pipe-making and voicing demonstration) and an opportunity to play a newly-installed hybrid organ 
by Alan Goulding in nearby Ratcliffe College.
18 May 15 St Chad's Cathedral

Tribute to Dr John Bishop (1935-2013)
A recital on the famous Walker organ including music by Bach, Brahms, Duruflé, Parry and Reger, by Professor David Saint and Nicholas Weare, respectively a former colleague and a former student of Dr Bishop, who was a Past President of BOA and a former Principal & Head of Organ Studies of Birmingham School of Music.

18 Apr 15

Christ Church, Coseley

Two Black Country organs
Starting at St Mary the Virgin, Hurst Hill, Sedgley, which contains pipework by Bishop and is currently the subject of plans for restoration & expansion, we later moved to Christ Church Coseley.  This is home to a largely unmolested 3-manual Nicholson & Lord from 1891, a vintage period for the firm, and well worth visiting.

21 Mar 15

Emmanuel, Wylde Green

AGM and annual recital
JOHN STORMONT was elected to serve another term on Council and assistant director of music at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral (and BOA member) JAMES LUXTON gave the annual recital on the Willis organ.

25 Feb 15

Broadway URC, Walsall

Social Evening & Quiz
A fun evening with much bread, cheese & wine, and with your Webmaster appearing as Quizmaster to see who could recognise 20 pieces of organ music from just their closing bars.

29 Jan 15


A Hauptwerk house organ
Dr David Pitches offered the opportunity for us to visit his home and experience the sounds of several different organs to which Hauptwerk software gives access, all playable from his amazing home-built four-manual console with touch-screen stop jambs.


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