Organathon at St Mary’s Church, Dedham
Your President, and other EOA members, were very pleased to be able to take part in a 24 hour Organathon at St Mary’s Church, Dedham recently, where over £4,500 was raised towards the church’s organ appeal. The church’s Director of Music, Antony Watson, has been working hard with others and with Nicholson’s of Worcester to transplant a large 2 manual and pedal Binns organ (electrified by Willis) from a church in Scotland to Dedham. After a number of recent fundraising events, including the Organathon, the funds raised stand at £215,000 out of the £280,000 target. We send our good wishes to Antony and all those involved in this exciting project, and look forward to an EOA visit to the newly installed organ in 2025!!
Essex Organists Academy
Find more details about the Essex Organists Academy here.
Society of Women Organists
Some of you may have been at Katherine Ennis’s Festival Hall recital in February where The Society of Women Organists was launched, or subsequently heard about it at the London Organ Day at Christ Church, Spittlefields at the beginning of March. This is a very worthwhile organisation, (with Anne Marsden Thomas and Ghislaine Reece-Trapp as co-chairs) whose primary aim is to promote recitals by and opportunities for women organists. Membership is open to everyone, including men!! Do have a look at their website for more information as this is a cause which needs everyone’s attention if we are to begin to significantly lower the gender imbalance in our field! Click here for more details, or find it and like/follow it on Facebook.
Launch of the Christopher Kingsley The Christopher Kingsley Memorial Fund for Organist.
The Christopher Kingsley Memorial Fund for Organists was launched at St Nicolas Parish Church, Witham, on 21st January 2017. More details here.