Organ society to celebrate anniversary with special concert

The impressive Skrabl organ at St Michael’s Parish Church

THE South Wessex Organ Society (SWOS) is celebrating the second anniversary of its launch with a special concert of organ and orchestral music.

‘The Organ in Concert’ will take place on Friday, October 25 at 7.30pm in St Michael’s Parish Church, Lyme Regis.

The programme includes two major organ works, Handel’s Concerto no 13 in F major and Haydn’s Organ Concerto in C. These will be played by well-known local musicians Alex Davies, director of music at St Michael’s, and Peter Parshall, who among several roles is director of music at the Minster Church, Axminster.

The concert also features a small orchestral ensemble led by Judy Martin and Peter Lea-Cox, plus solo singers Chloe Stratta (soprano) and Jim Wills (bass).

Other works in the programme include the Air from Suite III in D (known as ‘Air on a G String’) and Cantata no 49 ‘Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen’, both by JS Bach, and the Sinfonia to Act III of ‘Solomon’ (‘The arrival of the Queen of Sheba’) by Handel.

Philip Sturrock, SWOS chairman, said: “The organ is at the heart of this very special event and some extremely accomplished performers are taking part. We’re thrilled to be able to put on a concert of this standard to mark two successful years of our activities in the region.”

The society grew out of the former Lyme Regis Organ School and was launched at a special service and recital in October 2017 at St Michael’s.

Concert tickets are £10 or free for under 18s, and are available from Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre (01297 442138), Penny Black Café (behind the post office) or on the door.

The organ and beyond – encouraging a love of music

The South Wessex Organ Society 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 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.

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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