Eric Tyson - 2016

Welcome to the B&DOA Website.  It is a great honour to have been elected as President for 2016/2017.

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,Rosemary Thomas, for a great past year I donned the badge of office and discovered that the red ribbon clashed with my orange tie!  Hopefully this will be the only clash during the year.  The Edgar Joyce Memorial concert was well attended, with a very good programme including contributions from three of our talented young student organists.

Our second event in August is a walking visit to three organs in Clifton; Clifton College, All Saints and Christ Church.  We are very pleased to extend a warm invitation to members of neighbouring associations to enjoy this afternoon with us.  Let’s hope the weather is kind.

This year marks the sixtieth birthday of the superb Harrison and Harrison organ in the Colston Hall so our annual free concert there will be a very special event.  It will take place on Tuesday 20th September and our guest will be the highly talented Richard Hills.  We are all looking forward to what is going to be a very memorable evening. Please do tell your friends and congregations.

What I hope will be the highlight of my year as President will be a competition for composers of organ music.  The judging of this will form my President’s concert at All Saints, Clifton on Saturday 13 May 2017, when a short list of 20 of the entries will be performed and judged by a panel of judges and also by the audience who will award a separate prize.  The intention of the competition is to bring some approaching new music into the organ repertoire and the competition is being promoted under the strap line “Memorable for the Right Reasons”.  I very much hope that you will be able to join me for this event.

We have other events planned for the year including a car treasure hunt, a day trip to Cheltenham, a talk on remastering of historic recordings by a sound engineer from Abbey Road, a two-day visit to Shropshire and Herefordshire and also a one day choral and accompaniment workshop.

I hope we are all going to have a fun year together.  Come and join in!

With best wishes

Eric Tyson

President 2016/17

Bristol and District Organists' Association

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