Jean Routley - 2008/2009

Jean Routley

2008 Jean RoutleyWelcome to the BDOA website: I hope you will find here all the information you are seeking. The Association is one of the most lively in the country with a yearly programme of events which have interest for the wide range of our membership: expert players, those learning to play, those who like listening to organs and those who are interested in organ cases and general church architecture. Very often we are joined by members of other associations who wish to take part in our events. Every time we go on a visit, our secretary, Chris Mansfield, prepares a well-researched and well-presented accompanying booklet so that we have all the information we require to make the day successful and memorable.

A look at this year’s planned events will convince you that this association is not just involved in “organ crawls”. Already since the AGM in June, we have had a coach trip to Beaminster to see the new Schrabel organ in the church there. This included visits to Muchelney and Crewkerne. On September 23rd there will be the annual free organ recital at the Colston Hall in Bristol, this year – as last – given by five of our members. October 4th will see us off to Allegro Music and Malvern Priory. Later in October there will be a joint event with the RSCM and the Gordon Phillips Society on the 18th and then on November 22nd a choral training day in conjunction with the ISM led by Nigel Perrin. On Friday 19th December we can again join the Charity Carol Service at St Mary Redcliffe. Details of these and the events planned for the first half of 2009 will appear in due time but please note that a visit to the Windsor area is planned for April 18th-20th.

At our AGM in June I took over as President from Richard Morgan. It is indeed a great honour to hold this position in an association which has been in operation since 1934 and whose Presidents have included such well-known and revered people as Dr Douglas Fox and Clifford Harker - to name just two. Richard Morgan is a hard act to follow: he led a very active year and particularly set out to encourage young players. His own playing is of a high standard and everyone was delighted with the recital he gave at the AGM. It is good that the association is thinking of the future in helping organ students with funds for music and to attend courses. One of the duties of the President is to chair meetings and here too Richard excelled: despite long agendas we always managed to finish at a reasonable time!

I do hope that if you are interested in organs in any way, you will consider joining our friendly association. Chris Mansfield, our secretary, will be pleased to answer any queries and/or to send you an information pack with an application form.

Biographical details:

I began playing the organ at Backwell Church at the age of 11. Went to Royal Holloway College (University of London) to read English. While there gained the ARCO as a pupil of Joan Scourse. Taught at Nailsea Grammar School and became Organist and Choirmaster at Backwell Church in 1969. Retired from Backwell Church in 2000 but still involved with the music there and plays regularly at various local churches. Teaches piano and organ, is Deanery Choirmaster and conducts a Ladies’ Choir. Has various non-musical hobbies and enjoys going round to clubs and societies playing the piano and giving talks. I am married to Cyril who also has many hobbies, including a great interest in sundials. We have four grown up children and two grandsons.

Jean Routley

Bristol and District Organists' Association

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