Kenneth Spencer - 2017

Hello, and welcome to the B&DOA Website.

I am very honoured to have been elected as President for 2017/2018, as I, a mere amateur, am joining a list of some very talented and expert exponents of our instrument.

I am succeeding Eric Tyson, to whom we must be most grateful, for he has worked very hard to deliver a highly successful and innovative programme of events - not least with our International Organ Composition Competition which culminated in our concert of the sixteen finalist pieces. Prizes were awarded to Jack Redman (19 and under), Michael Phillips ( 1st prize 20 and over), Owain Park (2nd prize 20 and over) and John Henderson (audience prize), and I send them my personal congratulations.

We started our 2017-2018 season with our Annual General Meeting, which was followed by the Annual Edgar Joyce Memorial concert at St Paul’s Southville. We were delighted to be entertained by three of our younger, but none-the-less talented, association student members: David Rice, Henry Metcalfe and Robin Pillinger. This event was proof that the future supply of Organ Recitalists (if not parish church organists!) is quite secure!

I admit to a touch of pride as I received the Badge of Office from Eric at the AGM, after which I gave a brief account of our plans for 2017-2018:

Monday 3rd July - 5:00pm, Bristol Cathedral, Open Console Evening following Choral Evensong
Saturday 12th August - 2:00pm, An Afternoon in the Country - visit to St Michael's, Atworth and Great Chalfield Manor
Tuesday 26th September – Free Gala Concert at Colston Hall with international recitalist Richard Hills
Fri/Sat 20th-21st October - visit to the Regional Organ Day in Bournemouth (21st)
Saturday afternoon in November - Members Musical Quiz - date and venue to be confirmed
Monday 18th December - Bristol Cathedral, La Nativite du Seigneur (Messaien) free recital
Saturday 20th January - Annual Dinner at Lincombe Barn, with Guest Speaker James Lancelot
Saturday 24th February? - Workshop, including Accompaniment, Conducting and Improvisation
Saturday ??March - Bristol Music Festival Organ Masterclass at St Monica Trust
Late April - Overseas trip to Hungary - to visit organs in Budapest, Esztergom and elsewhere.
A Saturday in May - President's Event: to include a presentation ‘All about Hauptwerk - a new kind of digital organ’.
June - Annual General Meeting and Edgar Joyce Memorial Concert at St Paul’s, Southville

I am looking forward to all of these events, and hope that as many members and guests as possible will be able to join us for them. We are fortunate in having so many members who are regular attenders, and for those whom we don't see quite so often, I say "Do join us, we'd love to see you!". And if you are not a member, but have an interest in the pipe organ, whether or not you play, why not join? Simply contact our Secretary, Chris Mansfield, whose details are to be found on this website.

With very best wishes

Kenneth Spencer, President 2017/2018

Bristol and District Organists' Association

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