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What were BOA members up to in 2018?



10 Dec 18 Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

End-of-term recital
Members of BOA had been invited to join members of staff and BMus organ students at RBC for their end-of-term programme of organ music using the historic Susi Jeans instrument in the Organ Studio.  
25 Nov 18 St Mary's, Moseley

Annual Service
This year's service was directed by BOA president MICK PERRIER and was a Sunday evening Choral Evensong on the Feast of Christ the King.  It featured music (hymn-tunes, anthems & voluntaries) by Hubert Parry in the centenary year of  is death.  We aslo heard music by Mick himself in the chant and responses.  Attendance was disappointing, so the experiment of holding this event on a Sunday rather than a weekday evening was not judged to be a success.
15 Oct 18 St Chad's Cathedral

Baroque Organ Music
Chairman of the IAO and St Chad's Cathedral's Director Music, Professor DAVID SAINT, guided us through an exploration of articulation in Bach's organ music and notes inégales in French baroque with help from the organ scholar DYLAN McCAIG
15 Sep 18 Hagley & Wollaston

Saturday visit to three Nicholson organs
A rather select group of BOA members spent a pleasant afternoon playing three organs with Nicholson connections: St James's Wollaston (Nicholson) and St John's (originally Nicholson & Lord) & St Saviour's (Nicholson/Tipple) in Hagley.
16 Jun 18 Leominster & Ludlow

Summer outing to Welsh border country
A small but enthusiastic group of members had a splendid day in and around Leominster and Ludlow, with highlights including a recital by THOMAS TROTTER at St Laurence's Ludlow and an opportunity to play the very fine Nicholson (see left) in the splendid acoustic of Leominster Priory.
02 May 18

An evening at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
By kind invitation of DANIEL MOULT, Head of Organ Studies, a rather larger than usual gathering of BOA memebrs enjoyed hospitality, a masterclass, a tour of the new facilities and the opportunity to play (including the historic Susi Jeans organ).  The evening began in the Organ Studio with a welcome by RBC Principal JULIAN LLOYD WEBBER.
10 Mar 18 St Chad's Cathedral

AGM and annual recital
PAUL GEOGHEGAN was elected Treasurer, ALAN TAYLOR as Assistant Treasurer and JOHN STORMONT for a further three-year term on Council .  After the AGM and lunch, we were delighted to welcome former BOA member FRANCESCA MASSEY (left), whose recital programme included music by Bach, Leighton and Vierne's monumental Troisième Symphonie.
12 Feb 18 St Hilda, Warley Woods

An evening of plainchant
BOA members joined members of Birmingham & Worcestershire RSCM and Worcestershire Organists' Association for an introduction to plainchant led by ROSEMARY FIELD, Deputy Director of the RSCM.  After practising some rudiments of what, for many, was an unfamiliar notation, the evening ended with a short act of worship using the chants we had learned.
24 Jan 18
KE Five Ways School

Rare organ recordings
A presentation by MICHAEL JONES of organ recordings, some dating back to the 1960s, including several from the local area, using archive material from collections of Malcolm McDonald and Norman Dyson.

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