Richard Morgan - 2007/2008

Richard Morgan

Dear Friends,

Welcome to our Website.

2007 Richard MorganIt is a wonderful honour for me to be taking over as President of the Bristol & District Organist's Association - certainly one of the largest in the UK and probably amongst the most active.  It was some 5 years ago that I was invited to join the Committee and I have continually been astounded by the work that the Officers and Members undertake to promote what is undoubtedly the 'King of Instruments'. I must take a moment to thank my immediate predecessor, Andrew Kirk, for his splendid year in office - culminating in an excellent trip to hear and play some 'Famous Organs of the North'.

My own interest in the organ started when I went to QEH School in Bristol nearly 30 years ago.  My soon-to-be organ teacher would sweep imperiously through the Assembly Hall literally seconds in front of the Headmaster, frantically gesticulating at the boys in the Choir Stalls to switch the organ on and find the right Hymn for him!  It looked like a great deal of fun and from the first time I sat at the console I was hooked.  I have continued to be fascinated ever since and I still try to enlarge my repertoire whenever I have the chance.  I have had lessons from at least 3 of my predecessors as President and hope to continue learning for many years yet.

Of course , the most important part of any association are its members and I look forward to meeting and getting to know as many of you as possible over the next year.  With this in mind, the most exciting (and daunting) part of any President's responsibilities is to organise a Programme of Events which will appeal to as many people as possible.  I have endeavoured (with the able assistance of our never-tiring Secretary Chris Mansfield) to put together a series of events which I hope will whet all your appetites.

We are also planning a Member's Evening on October 10th at Clifton College, with opportunity to play the fine instrument there, as well as a number of local events and a day coach trip to Warminster, Southampton and Winchester.

Two highlights which I whole-heartedly recommend to you are: firstly our Annual Dinner on 26th January at which Malcolm Riley, who is Secretary of The Percy Whitlock Trust, will be our guest speaker.  Secondly, I hope you will join us for the three day trip to East Anglia (which takes place the weekend after Easter) where we will enjoy many fine organs in that area including Bury St Edmunds Cathedral, St Mary’s, Bury St Edmunds and Ely Cathedral amongst others, including a 3 manual Christie theatre organ, housed in a United Reformed Church in Ipswich!   

Full details of all the events can be found on the Events page on this Website - please do put these dates in your diary and attend as many events as you can.  In the meantime, I look forward to meeting you at the FREE Member's Recital at the Colston Hall on Tuesday 25 September at 7.30pm (when five Members will be playing an evening of suitable music for you to bring along friends and introduce them to the fabulous organ at the Colston Hall) or indeed at the excellent (and free again) weekly lunchtime recitals which happen regularly in our City's churches.

Full details of all these events and many others appear on our BDOA Website and are updated regularly – please do put these in your diary and attend as many events as you can.

With best wishes to you all,

Richard Morgan

Bristol and District Organists' Association

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