THE South Wessex Organ Society (SWOS) is celebrating its first anniversary with a very special event.
The Baroque Spectacular will bring together some superb instrumentalists and singers to perform a selection of music from the period, under the baton of Judy Martin, founder and former musical director of Axminster Chamber Choir.
The programme includes two works by JS Bach – Cantata No. 80 ‘Ein Feste Burg ist unser Gott’ and the Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major (BWV 1066) – plus Handel’s Chandos Anthem ‘I Will Magnify Thee’ and Albinoni’s gorgeous Oboe Concerto in D minor.
The vocal soloists are Harriet Mountford (soprano), Gillian Humphreys and John Mountford (alto), Les Baker (tenor), and Chris Brewer and Christopher Walledge (bass).
In the alto and bass arias of the Bach cantata, the soloists will share their parts, as was usual in the composer’s day, bringing a pleasing variety in mood and tone. Oboeist Nicki Woods will play the solo in the Albinoni concerto.
The concert marks a year of fabulous musical events, including the first SWOS Festival in May, the president’s reception and a number of recitals by established and up-and-coming organists alike.
The society also has lots planned for 2019 with the winter course, formerly known as Lyme Regis Organ School, in February and a series of services based around Bach cantatas.
The Baroque Spectacular will be held on Friday, October 26 at 7.45pm in the Minster Church, Axminster. Tickets are £10 from www.sworgansociety.org/events or are available from Archway Bookshop in Axminster or on the door. Wine will be available in the interval.
Encouraging a love of organ music
The South Wessex Organ Society was founded in 2017 and aims to encourage organ playing and the appreciation of sacred and secular organ music across the region. It works towards this purpose both through recitals and concerts and through practical courses that encourage existing organists on their musical path.
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.