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Film: Organ Stops – saving the king of instruments

Thursday 15th September, 7:45pm at Our Lady & St George, Enfield Town, EN2 6DS.

A documentary feature film about the crisis facing Britain's pipe organs.

James Dawson is an award-winning film maker with a love of pipe organs. To highlight the plight facing so many provincial pipe organs, he self-funded a documentary film, Organ Stops. The film premiered at Brooklyn Film Festival in New York City in June 2021, and was later shown at New Haven Doc Fest, Connecticut, in August. James Dawson and organ builder Martin Renshaw will present a live-screening of the film, after which there will be an opportunity for questions. Click here to see a trailer of the film.
You can see a poster here.

Bach and Friends: The Orgelbüchlein Completed (not an EDOA event)

Friday 23rd September - Sunday 25th September

The Royal College of Organists’ celebratory event

After more than 300 years, J.S. Bach’s mysteriously unfinished Orgelbüchlein (‘Little Organ Book’) will finally receive a full UK premiere this September as the Royal College of Organists (RCO) presents a complete performance of a unique composition project. The Orgelbüchlein Project has involved the composition of 118 new pieces of music to complete the unfinished Orgelbüchlein. All performances will be free to attend with no pre-booking required. For details of the compositions and venues visit https://www.rco.org.uk/events/bachandfriends.

Bachhaus 2 workshop and masterclass (not an EDOA event)

Saturday 1st October, 10:30 - 16:15 in Tring

Bach and the dance: a workshop and masterclass led by Daniel Moult

See details and an application form here.

Past Events (most recent first)

London Organ Day 2022 (not an EDOA event)

Saturday 18th June, starting at 10:00am at St Peter’s Church, Vauxhall, SE11 5HY

Grand Vauxhall Extravaganza

For details see the IAO website at iao.org.uk/london-organ-day

Members’ Recital

Saturday 11th June, 6pm at St Mary Magdalene, Windmill Hill, Enfield, EN2 7AJ

Click here to see the programme. There are some photos in the Gallery.

After the recital we’ll make a return visit to The Jolly Farmers , 2 Enfield Road, Enfield, EN2 7QS.

Visit to St Mary’s, The Walk, Potters Bar, EN6 1QQ

Saturday 14th May, 2pm to 4pm

The Lewis/Walker organ was enlarged and rebuilt by Groves & Son of Nottingham, and the opening recital was given by Paul Hale in March 2020 just before the dreaded lockdown.
After a short introduction by church organist Dave Miller, there will be playing time for members.

RCO Winter Conference (not an EDOA event)

Thursday 17th February 2022 (14:00) – Saturday 19th February 2022 (21:00) - ONLINE


Saturday 5th February 2022

At St Mary Magdalene Church, Windmill Hill, Enfield, EN2 7AJ and the recitalist will be EDOA member Damon Ying, FRCO. This will be Robin's last AGM in his role as Treasurer - a role he took up in 1973, nearly half a century ago!
4:30pm Tea available
5:00pm AGM. There will be four committee vacancies.
6:00pm Recital by Damon Ying - admission free with a retiring collection. See the programme for this recital here.
7:00/7:30pm Meal at the Jolly Farmers public house, 2 Enfield Road, Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 7QS.

"At home" with Ruth Lewis

Thursday 11th November 2021 7:30 pm - arrive any time from 6:30pm

We are again kindly invited to the home of Ruth Lewis for a musical evening and supper. The theme will be “fireworks”. Bring a recording or a piece to play relating to fireworks or fire.

Morning and afternoon visit to All Saints' Church, Hertford

Saturday 23rd October, 11 a.m.

All Saints’ has two organs: a 3-manual ‘Father’ Willis last refurbished in 2001 and a 3-stop box organ, built by Gary Crane for Justine Sillman Organs, restored by Peter de Vile in 2020 and acquired by the church last autumn. Details of both (and links to photographs, NPOR etc) can be found at https://www.allsaintshertford.org/organ.php
Morning: open console - lunch - afternoon: Lecture Recital/Workshop by Martin Penny, DoM, on music for manuals. Here are some links to repertoire: John Henderson’s repertoire list and Martin’s own library .

SSLSO event, to which EDOA members were invited: their President, Dr. Harry Bramma, spoke on “My Life as a Cathedral Organist”.

Saturday 25th September, 2:30pm

The Southwark and South London Society of Organists invited us to their event which is on Saturday 25th September, 2.30pm at St Paul’s Church , Rectory Grove, SW4 0DZ, Clapham. Their President, Dr. Harry Bramma, spoke on “My Life as a Cathedral Organist”. Some SSLSO members were involved by playing a hymn and a short organ piece. Harry Bramma was at one time Director of Music at Southwark Cathedral.

St Albans International Organ Festival

Monday 5th July – Friday 16th July
This is not an EDOA event.
For more details visit the IOF website at https://organfestival.com/the-festival/ . This year the organ competitions will be held online, but the concerts will be live in St Albans, including organ recitals by Thomas Trotter (Sunday 11 July at 3.00pm) and Daniel Hyde (Thursday 15 July at 6:00pm).

RCO interNational Organ Day + Organ Week

Sunday 18th April – Saturday 24th April online
This is not an EDOA event.
The programmes will be broadcast online, via YouTube and on www.rco.org.uk/InternationalOrganDay2021 .
Sunday 18 April, UNESCO World Heritage Day, includes visits to instruments in World Heritage sites including Westminster Abbey, Canterbury Cathedral and Blenheim Palace.
Monday 19 April focuses on local organists’ associations.
On Wednesday 21 April the team take a look at organs in locations other than churches and chapels.
The celebrity recital will be given by Stephen Farr at All Saints, Margaret Street on Thursday 22 April.
Youth is the focus on Friday 23 April.
Saturday 24 April is interNational Organ Day 2021 with contributions by organists around the world.

Talk by Organ Consultant John Norman about his experiences in organbuilding and his latest book ‘Organ Works’

Thursday 25th March at 8pm in Zoom
What is an organ and how does it work ? John Norman explores the organ, its history, its musical structure, its appearance and its mechanism.
Members of the Southwark and South London Society of Organists will join us. There will be time for questions at the end.

You can read more about John Norman on his website here . The book is available on the BIOS website here .

London Organ Day

Saturday 6th March: Online from 10:00am
This year’s online event includes recitals by DANIEL COOKE (Durham Cathedral) and FRANCESCA MASSEY (Rochester Cathedral).
This is not an EDOA event.


Saturday February 27th at 17:00 in Zoom.

An online presentation about organ teaching by Anne Marsden Thomas and Frederick Stocken, followed by discussion

Wednesday November 25th at 20:00

The presentation features an introduction about teaching methods, a short video about The New Oxford Organ Method, and then an open discussion with members about any topic connected with organ teaching. Anne Marsden Thomas' and Frederick Stocken's book The New Oxford Organ Method has recently been published by OUP. Here is the link to the book's website: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-new-oxford-organ-method-9780193518322?cc=gb&lang=en&. This event takes place in Zoom.

Organ Masterclass led by Richard Brasier
This event was postponed because of Covid-19. We hope to hold it at a future date.

Saturday June 6th 10:00am - 1:00pm at St Saviour's Church, St Albans, 25 Sandpit Lane, AL1 4DF.
The International Organ Festival Society's organ at St Saviour's Church was designed by Peter Collins in 1989, in the style of Andreas Silbermann.

IAO London Organ Day

Saturday February 29th (09:30–17:00) at Union Chapel , N1 2UN and St John’s, Duncan Terrace, Islington, N1 8AL.
Entitled ‘Bach Kaleidoscope’, the 2020 London Organ Day will chart performance styles of Bach’s organ music over the past 200 years, starting with Mendelssohn’s ‘rediscovery’ of Bach.

West Sussex Organists' Association Event

Saturday February 22nd at Chelsea Old Church, SW3 5LT.
The morning starts with an illustrated presentation about the making of the DVD set from Fugue State Films: The English Organ, and proceeds after coffee to a recital by Daniel Moult, who plays on the DVDs.


Saturday February 15th 2020 at 3:45 pm in the Lady Chapel of the Abbey Church, Waltham Abbey, Highbridge Street, EN9 1DG.

3:45 pm AGM. Two committee vacancies will exist; please consider putting yourself forward for this important role. (Constitution 7.3.)
At 5:00 pm there will be a public screening of the 1923 silent film The Hunchback of Notre Dame with improvised organ accompaniment by Jonathan Lilley. The film viewing is free to members who attend the AGM. Alternatively, there is a £10 admission fee.
7:30 pm Meal at The Gatehouse Café opposite the Abbey.


Saturday January 25th 2020 12:30 pm - 7:30 pm at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8EP.
Catherine Ennis - Dame Gillian Weir - Alexander Hamilton - Paul Greally - RCO Academy - & more.
Free thoughout the afternoon. Celebrity Recital at 6.00pm: £7

"At home" with Ruth Lewis

Thursday 23rd January 2020 6:30 for 7:00pm

We are again kindly invited to the home of Ruth Lewis for a musical evening and supper. Ruth says: "Bring a recording of something, but as re-written / re-imagined by another composer.”

Visit to Ponsbourne and Northaw to see, hear and play two restored 19th-century organs

Saturday 19th October 2019

We meet 10:30am at St Mary, Ponsbourne, Newgate St Village, Hertford SG13 8RA; the Walker organ dates from 1858, and was restored by Mander in 2014 (and reviewed in our June 2014 Newsletter). Car parking is available across the road in the hall grounds. We last visited St Mary's in 2015 for our AGM.
About midday we travel to Northaw where lunch can be had at The Two Brewers, next to the church.
At 2:00pm we visit the church of St Thomas a Becket, Northaw Road West, EN6 4NW, where the Willis organ of 1882 was restored by The Village Workshop in 2009.

An illustrated talk on Liturgical Organ Music: Let the Organ Thunder??
Liturgical Organ Playing 1600–2000

An illustrated talk given by Philip Norman on Tuesday 17th September 2019 at 8:00pm, at St Andrew's Church, Market Place, Enfield Town, EN2 6LS.
A German organist from 1730 would feel pretty restricted playing for a modern, English service, as would a French organist from the same period. And, let it be said, an English organist of the early 19th century. This talk follows how playing requirements and expectations have evolved (or devolved?) across the centuries, and fetches suggestions from modern French and German practices.

"At home" with Ted Sharp

Saturday 8th June, 3:00pm

After a talk and demonstration by Nigel Stark, members are invited to play the Hauptwerk 3-manual organ. Ted says "I have asked Nigel to prepare a piece to demonstrate the organ of St Martin’s Church in Doesburg, a very large organ of the romantic style, and very beautiful to listen to.

Members' Recital at St Peter's, Edmonton, 106 Bounces Rd, London N9 8JR.

Saturday April 6th

This year's Members' Recital takes on April 6th at 3.00pm at St Peter's Church, Edmonton. As an alternative to organ solos, participants may, if they wish, offer organ duets, piano solos or duets, piano and organ, vocal solo, instrumental, etc. If there is sufficient interest then a choral piece, either accompanied or a capella can be offered. The Hill organ is in the care of B C Shepherd & Son, as it has been since 1990 when the specification was partially completed. Details can be found on the NPOR website.

London Organ Day

Saturday March 2nd at Christ Church, Spitalfields, E1 6LY.
The Thirty-third London Organ Day. (This is not an EDOA event.)


Saturday 9th February

St George’s, Hanover Square
Recitalist Ashley Wagner, recently appointed Assistant Head of Music at Birmingham Cathedral, and a former pupil of Terence Atkins. See the programme for this recital here.
Meal afterwards at The Windmill, 6 Mill Street, W1S 2AZ.


Saturday January 26th 2019 at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8EP.
12:30pm until 7pm. Free admission until 6pm, then £7.

Talk by Philip Norman: ‘Christmas Carols - what are they?’

Thursday 8th November at 8pm

An illustrated talk given by Philip Norman at St Andrew's Church, Market Place, Enfield Town, Middlesex, EN2 6LS. This talk charts the development of carols and Christmas hymns.

London Visit

Thursday June 14th 8pm


A visit to the newly restored 1865/1880 William Hill organ in St John’s Church, Hyde Park Crescent on Thursday 14th June at 8 pm. The church forms the hub of a very lively community, and a splendid musical tradition is ably maintained by Robert Greenhill, one of Peter Smith's very first choristers at All Saints, Edmonton in the late 1960s and early 70s!
The organ has 3 manuals and pedals, as follows: Pedal 16 16 16 8 8 16; Great 16 8 8 8 4 4 2? 2 IV 8; Swell 16 8 8 8 4 2 II 8 8 8 Trem; Choir 8 8 4 4 2 8
(The full specification is available on NPOR.)

Marlborough Road Methodist Church 120th Anniversary Recital

Sunday June 17th 3pm

Organ Recital by Travis Baker at Marlborough Road Methodist Church in St Albans

This is not an EDOA event, but it has been arranged by Robin Coxon in conjunction with the church.

Workshop for Organists, led by Roger Carter

Saturday April 21st 10:15–12:45 at St James, Enfield Highway, Hertford Road, EN3 5AX.

Keen to improve some aspect of your organ playing? Already enjoyed elsewhere, here is an informal opportunity to receive advice from Roger on any aspect of service playing or organ repertoire. The session will be tailored to the needs of the participants and individual advice will be given. Roger has been Director of Music at St John’s Church, Harpenden for many years and teaches for the Royal College of Organists, and Queenswood and The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ Schools.


Saturday February 17th 2018 at 5 pm at the Church of St Francis of Assisi, Church Road, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL8 6QJ.
5 pm AGM
6 pm Organ Recital by Andrew Parnell, a former president of EDOA and also of the East Herts Church Choirs Association.
        See the programme for this recital here.
7 pm Meal at Prezzo, 15 Howardsgate.

Martin Luther, the Reformation and Liturgical Music in Germany

Tuesday 31st October 2017 (7.30–9pm) at St Laurence, Upminster.
This a Essex Organists' Association event in collaboration with the EDOA and CLESO.

Richard Brasier and Tom Bell will present a lecture-recital on the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's Reformation, where they will discuss its influence on liturgical music in Germany. The evening will include pre-reformation and post-reformation musical examples, and an Orgelbüchlein project world-premiere.

RCO Organ Forum 2017 - a celebration of Olivier Messiaen

Saturday 28th October 2017 (09:30 – 18:00) at the Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London NW1 5HT (concluding recital at St Marylebone Parish Church)
(This is not an EDOA event.)
Tickets for the whole day must be booked in advance. Tickets for the concluding organ recital by Thomas Lacote (organiste titulaire, La Trinité, Paris) can be purchased separately in advance and at the door.
For further details see the RCO website.

"Music and the Reformation" Talk by Philip Norman

Tuesday October 3rd, 8pm
at St Andrew's Church, Market Place, Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 6LS.
In the 500th anniversary year of the German Lutheran Reformation, Philip Norman, organist at St Marien mit St Georg Lutheran Church in London, gives a lecture on Music and the Reformation. His talk will be enlivened with audio illustrations. Admission free - Retiring collection.

Members' Recital at St Mary's, Ware , Hertfordshire.

Saturday September 16th, 6pm
Click here to see the programme.
Admission free - Retiring collection. A meal in a local restaurant (Sfizio) is planned after the recital.

International Organ Festival at St Albans

29th Festival & Organ Competitions July 10th-22nd. (This is not an EDOA event.)

Masterclass and Recital with Giampaolo di Rosa

This a Essex Organists' Association event, sponsored by EDOA.
Saturday July 8th at St Laurence, Upminster

Giampaolo di Rosa, titular organist of the Portuguese Church in Rome, will present an improvisation workshop based around the music of Girolamo Frescobaldi and his contemporaries.
Masterclass - 10–2pm: Active participation - £10, Observers - £7.   Recital - 6:30–7:30pm: £10

A visit to Ware in Hertfordshire

Saturday July 1st, morning and afternoon

We meet at 11 am at Christ Church, New Road, Ware, where the organ is a 3-manual Hill of the 1880s. After lunch we go to St Mary's, Ware, which is where our Members' Recital will take place in September. The spec of this organ can be found in our Newsletter Archive, and some photos of our previous visit to Ware are in the Gallery.

A trip to Liverpool

This a B&HOA event, to which EDOA members are invited.
Sunday May 28th – Wednesday May 31st

It will include recitals in the Cathedrals and visits to local instruments of note.

"Education and Accreditation from the RCO – a new approach" - a talk by Simon Williams

Saturday May 13th at Christ Church Cockfosters, Chalk Ln, Barnet EN4 9JQ at 10.30 am

In autumn 2016, the College introduced an early-level certificate scheme called the RCO Certificate of Accredited Membership (CAM). Designed to establish and strengthen fundamental skills and musicianship at the organ, CAM offers the player a comprehensive, developmental route from foundation level (roughly equivalent to ABRSM Grade 2) via the intermediate level (around Grade 4) to advanced level (around Grade 6). Simon Williams, Director of the RCO Academy and a former president of EDOA, will talk about this new scheme.

"How to get the best from a small organ" - a workshop led by Rufus Frowde.

This a B&HOA event, to which EDOA members are invited.
Saturday March 25th 10am to 1 pm at Holy Trinity, Weston .

London Organ Day

Saturday March 4th at the Dutch Church, 7, Austin Friars, London EC2N 2HA.
The Thirty-first London Organ Day. (This is not an EDOA event.)


Saturday February 18th 2017 at 5 pm at St Mary's, Ware, Hertfordshire.
5 pm AGM (Refreshments available in the church hall from 4:15pm)
6 pm Organ recital by Peter Smith. Admission free - Retiring collection. All welcome.
7 pm Meal for members and guests at a local Prezzo restaurant, close to the church.


Saturday January 28th 2017 at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8EP.
In association with Philip Norman Music Services, an afternoon of recitals, presentations, and displays. Celebrity Recital at 6 pm £5. (This is not an EDOA event.)

Saturday October 22nd:

Visit to Eaton Bray and Woburn in Bedfordshire

St Mary's, Eaton Bray at 11 am. After lunch St Mary's, Woburn. At Eaton Bray is a two manual Peter Collins organ, installed in 1991 and at Woburn, a three manual Norman and Beard organ installed in 1901 which has been recently overhauled. Members of BHOA are invited to join us on this visit.

Saturday September 10th:

EDOA Members' Recital at St Andrew's Church, Market Place, Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 6LS.

The recital took place at 5.00pm with six members taking part. There is a photo on the Gallery page under 10 September 2016 . Click here to see the organ spec and here to see the programme.

Saturday July 16th:

Organ Afternoon at St Andrew's Church, Market Place, Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 6LS.

On Saturday 16th July between 2.00pm and 4.00pm members had an opportunity to visit St Andrew’s church, Enfield Town and play the restored David Wells 3-manual organ (the AGM recital review by Peter Stokes is in the March Newsletter). There was an opportunity for others to have a go also.
Pictures of the organ can be seen on the Gallery page under 27 February 2016 .

'The Organists' Clinic' - an organ playing workshop with Roger Carter.

Saturday May 14th 2016 (morning) at St Mary's Church, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, from 10.00 am onwards.
You are welcome to bring along any item or aspect of organ playing which you would like Roger to offer guidance on. This might be a hymn, chorus, psalm, service setting, piece of music or a particular aspect of organ technique which you feel would benefit from some advice.

London Organ Day

Saturday March 5 2016 at Southwark Cathedral
(This is not an EDOA event.)
The thirtieth London Organ Day features the German Romantics in particular Max Reger.


Saturday February 27th 2016 at 5 pm at St Andrew's Church, Market Place, Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 6LS.
5 pm     AGM (Refreshments available from 4.30 pm)
6 pm     Organ recital by Linden Innes-Hopkins. Admission free - Retiring collection. All welcome.
7.30 pm   Meal for members and guests at Fish and Chips, 78 London Road, Enfield, EN2 6HU.


Saturday January 30th 2016 at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8EP.
In association with Philip Norman Music Services, an afternoon of recitals, presentations, and displays. (This is not an EDOA event.)

At Home with Ruth Lewis in Barnet

Thursday January 28th 2016 at 7.30pm
We are extremely grateful to Ruth Lewis for offering to host this At Home. All EDOA members are warmly invited and are asked to bring along a favourite or unusual piece of music (organ or choral) to show. Ruth has generously offered to provide a hot supper.

Illustrated talk on French Baroque music

Thursday 8th October
Given by Dr Peter St John Stokes at St Saviour's Church, Sandpit Lane, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 4DF.

Members' Recital at St Luke's, Phipps Hatch Lane, Enfield, EN2 0HL

Saturday 19th September at 7.30pm

"Come and Play" Day for EDOA members and friends at St Luke's, Phipps Hatch Lane, Enfield, EN2 0HL

Saturday 22nd August from 10.00am
Please contact John Wright (john@edoa.org.uk or 0208 482 2936) to book a half hour slot. A slot doesn’t have to be used just for the organ; people will be welcome to play other instruments either singly or in groups.
Refreshments can be obtained from Karen’s Kitchen café.

Workshops to celebrate the completion of renovation work on the organ at St Luke's, Phipps Hatch Lane, Enfield,

Thursday 11th and 18th June at 7.30pm

St Luke's, Enfield, Middx. EN2 0HL (Parish of Clay Hill).
Members are invited to an evening at St Luke's, Enfield where the 3-manual Bishop organ is currently being refurbished by Tarquin Wiggins. The evening begins at 7.30pm when Jeremy Sampson will present an interactive and visual explanation of the various components of a pipe organ and how they fit together, using his Wooden One-Octave Organ For Young Technologists (WOOFYT). Tarquin Wiggins will then tell us about the work that his firm did to renovate the organ. Following this, EDOA members Robert Evans and Peter Smith will demonstrate the instrument, after which there will be an opportunity for members to play the organ. Running alongside this will be an exhibition about the history of Clay Hill parish and surrounding area since it was created in the mid-1850s. Wine, cheese and other refreshments will be served during the evenings.

Visit to two significant organs in west London

Saturday 9th May at 10.45am

St Michael's Church, Bedford Park, Bath Road, London W4 1TT.
(St Martin, Neuchatel 2013, 3 manuals, 25 stops)
Lunch nearby in Turnham Green/Chiswick, then by bus to:-
St John the Baptist, Holland Road, Shepherd’s Bush.
(Gern 1896/Willis III 1928, 4 manuals, 47 stops), where we are expected at about 2.30pm.
There are more details in the March Newsletter. If you plan to join this visit, please contact Peter Smith.

A workshop on early and Baroque repertoire

Saturday April 11th 10.30am to approx. 1pm
St George's, Hanover Square, London, W1S 1FX.

A workshop on early and Baroque repertoire, focusing on phrasing and articulation, with Robin Walker, on the 2012 Richards Fowkes & Co organ at St George’s, Hanover Square. Robin Walker is Assistant Organist and Director of Music at St George’s Hanover Square.


Saturday February 7th 2015 at 5 pm at St Mary Ponsbourne , Newgate Street, Hertfordshire.
4.30 pm Tea will be available before the meeting
5 pm    AGM
6 pm    Organ recital by Robert Evans
7 pm    Three-course meal for members and guests at The Coach & Horses public house next door to the church.


Saturday January 31st 2015 from 1 pm at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8EP.
In association with Philip Norman Music Services, an afternoon of recitals, presentations, and displays. (This is not an EDOA event.)
1:00 Students from RCO/St Giles School
3:00 Henry Websdale, Winchester College
4:00 Weston Jennings, Organ Scholar at Royal Festival Hall and Canterbury Cathedral
Free admission to afternoon events. Special buffet £5
6:00 Concluding Celebrity recital - Jane Watts Admission £5

A second talk by Peter Smith on 'The Rise of the English Choral Tradition’

Thursday November 13 at 8 pm at St Mary's, Ware, Hertfordshire.

London Organ Forum: Organ Music in Time of War

Saturday November 1 (10:00 – 17:00)
St George's Church, Hanover Square, London W1S 1FX. (This is not an EDOA event.)
This year's RCO London Organ Forum (promoted in partnership with the London Bach Society), takes a look at the music of three composers, Reger, Karg-Elert and Widor, all granted Honorary Membership of the College shortly before the outbreak of World War I in 1914 and all, in their different ways, greatly influenced by the music of J. S. Bach.

At Home with our member Ted Sharp in Tewin, Hertfordshire.

Thursday September 18 at 8 pm
Ted and Ruth Sharp invite you to their home once again for an evening of music making. Ted has a 3-manual Allen Renaissance Quantum organ, details of which can be seen in the December 2006 Newsletter. He also has a Bechstein piano.

Talk by Peter St John Stokes: 'Improvisation: real music or ephemeral trivia?’

Thursday May 15th 8 pm at St John the Baptist, Chipping Barnet, EN5 4BW
An illustrated talk discussing the part played by improvisation in the work of the masters and its usefulness today.

Talk by Peter Smith on 'The Rise of the English Choral Tradition’

Thursday March 13th 8 pm at St Mary's, Ware, Hertfordshire.
Peter's MMus thesis was on the choral music of C V Stanford.

London Organ Day

Saturday March 1 2014, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM The Twenty-eighth London Organ Day
at St George's, Hanover Square, London W1S 1FX, United Kingdom


Saturday February 8th 2014 4.30 pm, with tea available from 4 pm at St Nicholas' Church, Church Green, Harpenden, Hertfordshire.
5.30 pm organ recital by Peter Hopkins, Director of Music at St Nicholas
Meal for members and guests at a local restaurant (Prezzo).


Saturday January 25th 2014 from 1 pm at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church.
In association with Philip Norman Music Services, an afternoon of recitals, presentations, and displays.

Saturday November 2nd 10 am - 6 pm
RCO London Organ Forum: Parry and Stanford: Different Worlds, Different Aspirations
at the Temple Church, London, EC4Y 7HL
A morning at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, Elstree, WD6 3AF,
hosted by Roger Carter

Saturday 19th October - provisional time 9.50 - 12.45
This morning visit offers members the chance to play two organs at the school – the historic 4-manual Willis, albeit not currently in a very good condition, and the recently acquired 1965 Walcker (2 manuals and pedals mechanical action). There will also be the opportunity for 4 or 5 members to play a piece of early music (Renaissance, Baroque or Classical) on the Walcker and receive guidance from Roger on aspects of technique and interpretation.

July 11 - 20
International Organ Festival at St Albans
EDOA 50th Anniversary event

Saturday 6th July at 5pm
St James's Church, Enfield Highway, EN3 5AY.
A short history of EDOA, followed by Members' Recital at 6 pm.
Meal afterwards at the Halfway House, Enfield.

Organ Recital by Robert Quinney at the Mansion House

Monday June 10th at 7 pm
EDOA members may apply for half price tickets for this event.

At home

Monday April 29th at 8 pm
An evening with David Aprahamian Liddle at 8, Methuen Park, Muswell Hill, London N10 2JS

London Organ Day

Saturday February 23rd at the Royal Festival Hall
Click here for further details of the Twenty-seventh London Organ Day.


Saturday February 16th at St George's, Hanover Square
4.15 pm Recital by Simon Williams on the new Richards, Fowkes & Co. organ.
5.15 pm AGM
Following the AGM there will be a meal at Brown's Restaurant. Please contact Michael Hennin if you wish to join the meal.
Members may if they wish attend the following Organ Club events which are planned for the same day:
11.00 am The Grosvenor Chapel - visit cancelled
2.00 pm St George's, Hanover Square - Masterclass with James Parsons
Click here for further details of the Organ Club events.


Saturday January 26th from 2 pm at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Ave, LONDON WC2H 8EP
Music in Bloomsbury (Philip Luke) and Organists Online (Philip Norman) invite all organists and other musicians to another afternoon and early evening of recitals, displays, and presentations. The day concludes with a Celebrity Recital by Margaret Phillips at 6 pm.

RCO London Organ Forum

Saturday November 3rd, 10.00 am - 5.00 pm, concert 7.00 pm - 8.10 pm approx
RCO London Organ Forum


Saturday September 29, 2.30 to 4.30p.m.
St. Silas, Kentish Town, St. Silas Place, London NW5 3QP
This Anglo-Catholic church is well known, particularly for its liturgy. The church has two organs: a six stop, single manual instrument by Henry Ley, dated 1770, and at the west end of the nave a Copeman Hart organ of 1994.

Centenary and Flower Festival

Saturday July 7, 11.30 to 4.00 p.m.
St. Benet Fink, Walpole Road, Tottenham, London , N17 6BH
St Benet Fink celebrates its centenary this year and members are invited to play their organ. The instrument is an outstanding two manual Samuel Green instrument of 1790, rebuilt by Father Willis in 1882. Members are invited to choose a half-hour slot between 11.30am and 4.00pm.

At Home

Monday June 25 at 8 pm
At Home with our member Ted Sharp in Tewin
Ted and Ruth Sharp invite you to their home for an evening of music making. See Gallery for photos.

Service Accompaniment Workshop

Saturday May 12th 10.00 am – 12 noon The Church Organists' Clinic Part 2
Grange Park Methodist Church, Old Park Ridings, London, N21 2EU
A friendly and supportive workshop where you can:

  • learn or refresh the basics of hymn playing
  • learn or refresh the basics of choosing and changing stops
  • learn or refresh the basics of how to use your feet with confidence and accuracy
  • get ideas for voluntaries which suit your standard, instrument and church
  • trouble-shoot aspects of organ technique
  • ask as many questions as you like!
This is a follow-up to the first session held last May at St Francis Welwyn Garden City, which was very well received by those who attended. A report on the first session can be seen in the newsletter archive. The tutor will again be Roger Carter, who is a very experienced church organist and teacher. There will be the opportunity for participants to play either a hymn or a short voluntary. There will be a charge of £5 (£2 observers) to non-members of EDOA. If you would like to take part you are advised to check with Roger (roger@edoa.org.uk) to see whether there are still places available.

At Home

Monday March 26 at 7.30p.m
At Home with our member Dr Colin Wharton in Whetstone. Colin has in his front room a three manual digital Viscount organ and two pianos, one a Steinway grand.

London Organ Day

Saturday 3rd March 2012 at Christ Church, Chelsea
26th London Organ Day
J S Bach and the Lutheran Chorale
Daniel Moult, Professor Peter Williams, Pegasus (Chamber Choir), Margaret Phillips, Ludger Lohmann.


Saturday 25th February 5 pm at St Mary the Virgin, Lansdowne Road, N17 9XE
Followed at 6 pm by a recital by EDOA Honorary Member David Aprahamian Liddle
The organ was built by William Hill & Sons in 1889, the choir organ being added in 1892. The organ has not been altered;
Nicholsons completed a restoration in 2010.
Great 8 8 8 4 4 22/3 2 III 8 Choir 8 8 8 4 8 Swell 16 8 8 8 8 4 4 III 8 8 Pedal 16 16 8 16
Meal afterwards.

Music in Bloomsbury and Organists Online Event: Grand Orgue

Saturday 28 January 2012 from 2 pm at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Ave, LONDON WC2 8EP
Organ recitals and talks.

Monday 30th January 7.30 - 9.30 pm St Paul's Cathedral

EDOA members were offered a few places on a visit to St Paul's Cathedral with St Andrew's Church Enfield for a guided tour of the organ by Simon Johnson.

RCO London Organ Forum at St Giles Cripplegate Church, London EC2
Saturday 5 November 2011 10.00 am

EDOA Teachers' Forum event

Saturday 12 November 2011 2.00pm - 5.00pm at Grange Park Methodist Church, London N21
Unfortunately this workshop had to be postponed as not enough participants came forward.
It is hoped that it will take place in May 2012.


Monday 22 August 2011
EDOA has been invited to join CLESO members on a visit to the new mechanical action organ by Robin Jennings at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 51 Cambridge Park, London E11 2PR
For further information about the organ see http://www.brentwood-music.org.uk/organs/wanstead/recitalbooklet.pdf


Thursday 7 July - Saturday 16 July 2011
St Alban's International Organ Festival
Further details at the St Albans International Organ Festival website


Saturday 18 June 2011 3.00 pm Christ Church Chelsea
A chance to visit the Flentrop organ at Christ Church Chelsea. The organist Joe McHardy will introduce and demonstrate the organ to us.
At 4.30 pm a guided walk round Chelsea.


Saturday 21st May 2011
Service Accompaniment Workshop with Roger Carter, St. Francis Welwyn Garden City


Tuesday 5th April 2011
Talk on Jehan Alain by Stephen Farr, St Mary Magdalene, Enfield

London Organ Day

Saturday 5th March 2011
25th London Organ Day at the Temple Church


Saturday 12th February 2011
AGM and Recital by Martin Penny at All Saints Hertford, followed by a meal at the Salisbury Arms Hotel

Organists Online Open House

Saturday 29th January 2011, Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church

At Home

Thursday 21st October 2010, At home with Ted Sharp in Tewin - organ CDs

Choral Workshop

Saturday 25th September 2010 - cancelled due to lack of participants

Concert by EDOA Members

Saturday 12 June 2010 7.30 pm at St Mary's Church, Churchgate, Cheshunt more ... | organ spec (PDF format).

The 1891 Hill organ has undergone extensive restoration by The Village Workshop.



13:30hrs Christ's Chapel of Alleyn's College of God's Gift, Gallery Road, Dulwich Village, London, SE21 7AS

15:15hrs St Barnabas Church, Calton Avenue, Dulwich, London, SE21 7DG -Organ by Kenneth Tickell (1997)

These two mechanical action organs are both in the English tradition, but one is largely historic, the other made new.

EDOA Teachers' Forum event

Tuesday 27 April 2010 7.45 pm at Trinity-at-Bowes Methodist Church, Palmerston Road, N22

Pupils' recital. This event is open to pupils of any age and standard. EDOA members with pupils who are willing to take part should contact Roger Carter by April 13th latest, preferably sooner. View photos ...

London Organ Day

6 March 2010There is no separate EDOA event in March as many members will wish to attend the London Organ Day more ...

Annual General Meeting and Recital

6 February 2010 at St John's Church, St.John's Road, Harpenden more ...

5.00 pm tea

5.20 pm AGM

6.00 pm Recital by Roger Carter.

7.00 pm Meal at the 'Engineer' public house, a few yards from the church.


Wednesday 20 January 2010, 7.30pm - 9.30pm, Trinity at Bowes Church, Palmerston Road, London N22 8RA

S.S. Wesley - a bicentenary appreciation

S S Wesley (1810 - 1876), son of Samuel Wesley, grandson of Charles Wes ley and great nephew of John Wesley, is known today for his fine hymn tunes, melodious anthems and lyrical organ music. In his day he did much to revive the fortunes of cathedral choirs after a period of low standards and haphazard organisation, holding positions at Hereford, Exeter, Winchester and Gloucester Cathedrals, and at Leeds Parish Church.

Dr Peter Horton, Research Librarian at the Royal College of Music, whose biography of Wesley is published by OUP, will give an illustrated talk on the life and music of this energetic musician.

Study event

Saturday 21 November 2009, 10.15am - 6.00pm, St Giles Cripplegate Church, London EC2

RCO London Organ Forum, Mendlessohn: playing with history


Monday 19 October 2009, 7.00pm - 9.30pm, at Felix Aprahamian's house, Muswell Hill, N10

Concert organist David Aprahamian Liddle spoke about the organs in the house and played them.


Thursday 17 September 2009,at 8 pm

At Home - with Colin Wharton (in Whetstone, London, N20)


Thursday 9 July - Saturday 18 July 2009

St Alban's International Organ Festival

Further details in future newsletters and at the St Albans International Organ Festival website, more ...

Concert by EDOA Members

Saturday 13 June 2009 7.30 pm at St Mark's Church, Colney Heath, more ... | organ (PDF format).

EDOA Teachers' Forum event

Tuesday 28 April 2009, 7.30pm at Trinity-at-Bowes Methodist Church, Palmerston Road, N22, more ...

Ann Elise Smoot from St Giles International Organ School (London), offered a masterclass on the organ music of Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn and Purcell; all of whom have anniversaries in 2009.


Saturday 14 March 2009, 9.30 for 10.00 - 17.15 at St Peter's, Eaton Square, London, SW1W 9AL, more ...

Principal soloist: Johannes Geffert

Masterclass | an EDOA Teachers' Forum event

Annual General Meeting and Recital, St Andrew's, Market Square, Enfield, EN1 3EG, more ...

Saturday 21 February 2009

5 pm AGM

6 pm Recital by Linden Innes-Hopkins | Download a poster for this event (PDF format)

7 pm Meal at Cafe Uno, Silver Street, Enfield


Saturday 24 January 2009, 11am, Foundling Museum, London, WC1N 1AZ, more ...

A guided tour of the museum, of the Gerald Coke Handel Collection, and the special anniversary exhibition: Handel the Philanthopist.

The Foundling Hospital was Britain's original home for abandoned children and London's first ever art gallery. The Foundling Museum tells the story of the Hospital and of three major figures in British history: its campaigning founder the philanthropist Thomas Coram, the artist William Hogarth and the composer George Frideric Handel who donated an organ to its chapel and who gave annual charity performances of 'Messiah' to raise funds for its work. This remarkable collection of art, period interiors and social history is now housed in a restored and refurbished building at 40 Brunswick Square, London WC1. A particular attraction to EDOA Members in 2009 will be the special exhibition, Handel the Philanthropist, commemorating the 250th anniversary of the death of Handel, which will draw on the Gerald Coke Handel Collection which is housed at the Museum. The collection includes an autograph copy of the score of 'Messiah'. We shall have a guided tour of the collection.


Thursday 13 November 2008, 8pm. Trinity-at-Bowes, N22, more ...

The Battle of the Organ Cases

Speaker: John Norman, more ... (Chairman of the British institute of Organ studies, more ... )


Ugly organs lead to instruments being pushed into inconvenient comers. To avoid this, there has been a revival of organ case design in the last 40 or 50 years. Few new organs are made without a significant case Some prefer a 'modern' case whilst others go for something more traditional - a battle which is still unresolved. This illustrated talk will comment on some prime examples of each.


Thursday 23 October 2008, 8pm. St Mary Magdalene, Windmill Hill, Enfield, more ...

Ralph Vaughan Williams and The English Hymnal : a talk by Canon Martin Draper, Vicar of St George's Paris and Archdeacon of France who is on the board of the English Hymnal Society.

Refreshments available. Retiring collection.

More details: A4 poster | A5 poster

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Saturday 5 July 2008, 11am-12.30pm to St Giles Crippleggate, Fore Street, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DA

To hear and play the new east end organ (2-manuals) by Mander.

In the afternoon we hope to go on, to St Giles-in-the-Fields, 60 St Giles High Street, London WC2H 8LG

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Concert by EDOA members

Saturday 7 June 2008, 7.30 pm at St John's Church, Harpenden, more ...

If you wish to perform at this event please contact Dr Colin Wharton | email

Full details of the venue, and of times, were in the March 2008 newsletter

Choral Directing Workshop

Saturday 17 May 2008, 2pm-4pm at St George's Hanover Square, London W1, more ...

A chance for choral conductors from beginners upwards to gain experience and advice from Simon Williams on working with choirs and in conducting a range of church choir repertoire. You can attend as an active participant or observer. Members of Harrow Choral Society will be present to join with EDOA members in forming a choir.

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Students' Concert

Saturday 26 April 2008, 2.30 at Trinity-at-Bowes Methodist Church, Palmerston Road, N22.

Any member with a pupil (or pupils) of any age or standard, willing to contribute please contact Roger Carter by 9 April (preferably well before this date!) | email

View an image of this event - click here

AGM and Presidential Recital

Saturday 23 February 2008 at St George's, Hanover Square W1, more ...

5 pm - AGM | 6 pm - Recital | 7 pm (or shortly after) Meal

Illustrated lecture on the music of Olivier Messiaen

Thursday 31 January 2008, 7.30 pm at Trinity-at-Bowes Methodist Church Palmerston Road N22 8RA, more ...

2008 has seen the musical world marking the centenary of the birth of Olivier Messiaen, perhaps the most important composer for organ since JS Bach. We are very fortunate indeed that Jennifer Bate, who collaborated very closely with the composer and whose recordings of the complete organ works have received much praise, has agreed to present an illustrated lecture on Messiaen, the man and his music. Attending this event would make an excellent start to a year when we should all try to take advantage of the many opportunities there will be to hear the master's music.

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Image: St Paul, Harringay, by Richard Bower (1993). Click the image to view more details about this instrument on the National Pipe Organ Register.

Img: The organ in the Greig Academy (formerly the School of St David and St Katherine), Hornsey, built by Hill, Norman and Beard (1976/1993) . Click the image to view more details about this instrument on the National Pipe Organ Register.

Image: St Benet Fink, Tottenham, by Abraham Jordan (1714), rebuilt by Henry Willis (1884). Click the image to view more details about this instrument on the National Pipe Organ Register.

Image: St Andrew, Enfield, by Richard Bridge (1752), rebuilt by Hill, Norman and Beard (1965/1972). Click the image to view more details about this instrument on the National Pipe Organ Register.

Some organs in Enfield and district ... click on the images for more information

Copyright of these images belongs to John Norman. They are reproduced here with his permission.