Benefits - Birmingham Organists' Association

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You don't have to be an organist to join Birmingham Organists' Association!
We welcome all with an interest in the organ & its music, whether listeners or performers

What do we do?

  • "Organ crawls" to hear & play organs in the locality and visits to noteworthy instruments beyond our area
  • Visits to the workshops of organ builders
  • Educational events and illustrated talks, often with guest speakers, sometimes supported by the IAO

  • Recitals, sometimes given by one of our own members, sometimes with invited guest artists

  • Raise money to support young, local organists (including Conservatoire students) via our Leonard Gibbons Fund

  • An annual choral service in the church of one of our members

  • Social events, including beer & skittles, cheese & wine, musical quizzes, and formal dinners with guest speakers

Are there other benefits?

  • BOA is affiliated to the Incorporated Association of Organists, which through its network of affiliated associations throughout the British Isles & beyond numbers almost 6000 associate members. IAO organises regional and national events to which BOA members are invited at concessionary rates.

  • The quarterly magazine Organists' Review - widely regarded as the leading journal in its field - is available to BOA members at a concessionary rate.

  • Passworded access to an on-line copy of the BOA Members' Handbook, which lists contact details for local organists including their availability to play for Sunday services, weddings, funerals, etc.
  • Free access to BOA's quarterly e-newsletter keeping you up-to-date with news of forthcoming events and reviews of recent events

When do we meet?

  • Meetings are normally held monthly (apart from Christmas and summer holiday periods)

  • Most are evening meetings, usually starting at 7.30pm, often (but not always) on Mondays or Wednesdays

  • Some events are held during daytime on Saturdays, including visits and our AGM

Where do we meet?

  • Events are most often held at churches or other venues (including cathedrals, concert halls, schools, etc) throughout Birmingham and the surrounding area

  • Venues are chosen with regard to easy access by public transport and, wherever possible, with good car parking facilities

  • Occasional visits are organised to venues further afield; in recent years, these have included Cardiff, Liverpool, Oxford, Shrewsbury, Worcester, and even a weekend in Paris

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