THE South Wessex Organ Society is running its popular series of autumn concerts again this year at St Michael’s Parish Church in Lyme Regis.
These are free events, with a retiring collection to help cover costs, and this year the programme offers a greater variety of musical styles than ever before.
The concerts begin on Sunday, September 15 with an organ recital by Andrew Caskie, managing director of Malvern-based organ builders Nicholson & Co and former director of music at Palmerston Place Church in Edinburgh. He is also part of the choir and the team of organists at Great Malvern Priory.
On Sunday, September 22 Ricky Romain will give a concert on sitar. Ricky, who is based in East Devon and is well known across the region, is an accomplished performer of Indian classical music. He has been involved in collaborations and recordings with many other players in his own field and from other genres including jazz, rock, folk and Western classical music.
Ricky is also an associate lecturer in Indian classical music at the University of Plymouth.
Sunday, September 29 sees a visit from Exeter flute trio Flute Cake. Flautists Sophie Brewer, Jennifer Campbell and Ruth Molins have been playing together since winter 2013. They play a mix of classical, folk and film music, arranged by Jennifer, at venues across the region
Finally, on Sunday, October 6 there is a recital by a group of young organists who are learning under the ‘PipeUp!’ programme. This scheme, run by the Salisbury Diocese, provides subsidised lessons for organists under the age of 18, with financial support from the Tindall Trust.
All the concerts begin at 3pm in St Michael’s Parish Church.
The organ and beyond – encouraging a love of music
The South Wessex Organ Society was founded in 2017 and works across the region to encourage the practice and appreciation of a wide range of sacred and secular music, with the organ as its focus. It does this both through recitals and concerts and through practical courses that encourage existing organists on their musical path.
The society grew out of the Lyme Regis Organ School and is continuing the annual winter course that has been a valuable learning experience for organists of all ages over the last decade.
Membership of the society is open to all, organists and non-organists alike. Annual membership is £15 single and £25 for a couple. Members’ subscriptions provide a vital source of income, but equally important is their involvement in helping the society to achieve its aims.
The benefits of membership include special members’ events and a twice-yearly newsletter. Members also take part in electing the board of trustees who manage and direct the society.
For more details visit the website sworgansociety.org/