Leeds Organists' Association - March 2020

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Our President, Philip Wilby, writes...

Dear friends,

These are trying times, and we all miss our regular organ playing duties, and the social benefits of our Association. Given current government advice, it seems unlikely that we will be able to hold our usual monthly meetings before the autumn and I am writing to everyone to report that we are establishing On Line initiatives to allow us to keep in touch with each other, and to use our time well and usefully.

Our next meeting, introducing my new score ‘An English Passion’, has been postponed for twelve months, but I am attaching to this letter some thoughts on Vaughan Williams’ favourite folksong ‘Kingsfold’ which features in my composition. This short article will become the first entry in our new discussion forum, using our Website and Facebook page to allow us to interact with each other, and to share our favourite ‘Organ Issues’. For myself, I would like to start this process off with a favourite Youtube recording.

Much as I would love to be able to play the Prelude and Fugue in G, BWV 541, I doubt that I ever will... but I love this Bach Site. If only it was as easy as it looks!

Why not share your own Organ clips?  You can add your thoughts to our Facebook page, and we will try to encourage some further discussion. The RCO Organ Day is taking place on April 18th in very different circumstances from the original plan, but please share with us what you are planning. This may be the moment for our home organs to blossom!

Finally, we have some playing opportunities arranged for the autumn months, including a teaching session with David Pipe, and a members' recital. Might this be the time to start some serious practice?

Best wishes, as ever,

Phil Wilby

(The links below open as PDF documents)
July 2018 (revised Aug 18)

Our Secretary, Charlie Brown, writes...

Dear members,
Here we are in the grip of the Corona Virus. We will continue to review our position and follow advice. Our April and May meetings remain for the time being - details are on the Events page.

We also have a number of venues lined up for the Newcastle Organ Day on 16th May. Most of these are within walking distance of each other; public transport is available for St Dominic’s if the walk is too far for anybody.
As this event has been organised for us by a colleague from the Newcastle and District Organists Association, I hope as many as possible will turn out to support the day. The focus of the event is to get maximum playing time on the instruments. To help us along, John Sayer has produced an info pack about all the instruments. I will circulate this shortly. I would be very grateful if you could let me know as soon as possible if you are planning to attend this event. This will help me plan the time we have available to us. If anybody needs help with transport, please let me know.