Rosemary Thomas - 2015

Rosemary Thomas - 2015

2015 Rosemary ThomasWelcome to the B&DOA Website.  It is a great honour to have been elected as President for 2015/2016.

The new season began as usual with a well attendedAnnual General Meeting and the Edgar Joyce Memorial concert at St Paul’s Southville.  After thanking outgoing President David Chandler for a very good past year I donned the badge of office(for the second time – first time was back in 1993!)and hope to do as well. I have a very good team behind me, so feel confident!

The Edgar Joyce Memorial concert was well attended, with a very good programme by three of our talented young student organists, plus vocal duets in-between, which seemed to go down well, especially with the non-organists present.

Our second event was in August, being a concert at Horfield URC in memory of our late and long serving member, Don Whaley. The church members were delighted to host the event and eight of us played a variety of pieces. The pre-concert cream tea went down well and we thank Lois and Karen for organising that. Chris Mansfield gave a potted and interesting biography of Don between the pieces.Don was quite a private person and perhaps few of us realised what an erudite man he was. He had played the organ at that church for many years and, sadly, he has not been replaced. The organ sounded good and the congregation would be delighted if any organist would play for a Sunday morning service there.

Our next event is the Free Colston Hall concert in September. Do tell your friends and congregations. It is a great evening and promotes the superb Harrison and Harrison organ there.

That is followed on October 17 by the IAO Bristol Organ Day, a great opportunity to meet up with nearly 100 other organists and organ lovers from near and far.  The well planned programmed includes sessions at St Mary Redcliffe, The Lord’s Mayors Chapel, and the Cathedral, with key speakers Dr Peter King and GerdiTroski.  This promises to be a super day, rounded off by Mark Lee’s recital at the Cathedral.  See www.bristol-organ-day.com for more details and booking form.

Emails and adverts regarding our future events will follow, and we hope you will plan to be with us, where I look forward to meeting you.

With best wishes,

Rosemary Thomas

President 2015/16

Bristol and District Organists' Association

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