James Drinkwater - 2018

Hello, and welcome to the B&DOA Website.

I am very honoured to have been elected as President for 2018/19, following in succession from Kenneth Spencer. He led our Association most innovatively and successfully in 2017/18, with a variety of events ranging from an insightful lecture about Hauptwerk (complete with fully-rigged demonstration model), and a very-well planned quiz afternoon, to the magnificent 4-day tour to Hungary. I encourage all members to consider attending our future domestic and overseas trips.

As a music master at Clifton College, I am aware I follow in the shadow of the illustrious one-handed Dr Douglas Fox (Director of Music 1931-1957) who served three times as President of the B&DOA, amidst all his many other concert-giving, teaching and administrative responsibilities. I certainly value the educational opportunities that the Association gives for our student members, having encouraged my own organ pupils to participate in the masterclasses, recital platforms, and indeed composition competitions that have been run. I also value the Association as a vehicle for organist members to socialise, network, and share in the developments in the organ-playing world. I hope this continues under this particular presidency, being especially mindful of the restrictions to communication posed by new legislation such as GDPR that we must strive to overcome, whilst of course being fully compliant.

As such, it is useful to outline the programme of events for the 2018/19 year here (correct as of August 2018):


  • Saturday 7 August - 10:30am, The English Organ School and Museum at Milborne Port with Professor Margaret Phillips
  • Saturday 25 August - 10:30am, visit to organs at St Brendan's College, Keynsham Parish Church and Victoria Methodist Church, followed by pub lunch
  • Monday 17 September – 7:30pm, Geoffrey Morgan’s illustrated talk, ‘Hymn Accompaniment: Some Personal Thoughts’ at Holy Trinity Church, Nailsea
  • Wednesday 26 September - 7:30pm, ‘Daniel Moult’ celebrity recital at Christ Church, Broad Street, Bristol City, BS1 2EJ (tickets £9.50 at the door)
  • Saturday 27 October - 7:30pm, President's Evening: Chamber Music by Organists for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano performed by students from the Royal College of Music and the Basel Music Academy, Trinity-Henleaze URC, Waterford Rd, BS9 4BT (tickets £10 at the door)
  • Saturday 17 November - 12:30pm, Clifton College ‘Open Console’ (with new 32' Double Ophicleide) followed by 3:30pm Evensong at Bristol Cathedral
  • Monday 17 December - 7pm, Messiaen's 'La Nativité du Seigneur' played by Paul Walton and David Bednall at Bristol Cathedral


  • Saturday 26 January - 6:30pm, Annual Dinner at Lincombe Barn, Downend, with guest speaker Dr William McVicker (Organ Curator, Royal Festival Hall) – must book in advance
  • Saturday 9 February - Coach trip to the Malverns: Malvern Great Priory, Tewkesbury Abbey and the Nicholson Organ Builders workshop
  • Thursday 21 March - 7:30pm, American Concert Organist ‘Nathan Laube’ celebrity recital, Clifton College, BS8 3EZ
  • Saturday 23 March - 2pm, Bristol Music Festival Organ Classes with adjudicator James Parsons, St Monica Trust, Cote Lane, Durdham Down, BS9 3UN
  • April (3-6 tbc.) - Trip to Cambridge
  • Saturday 4 May - Recital and Masterclass given by David Baker on the William Allen Chamber Organ (Grade II* instrument, restored 2016) at St Peter's Church,Pilning, BS35 4JB
  • Saturday 8 June - 4:15pm, Annual General Meeting
  • Saturday 8 June - 6pm, Annual Edgar Joyce Memorial Concert, St Paul's Church, Southville, BS3 1DG with Adrian Sawyer and student organists

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,

James Drinkwater, President 2018/19
Bristol & District Organists' Association

Bristol and District Organists' Association

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