Organ society starts news recital programme in Lyme Regis this weekend

THE South Wessex Organ Society kicks off its 2022 recital programme with a performance by Sam Bristow on Sunday, May 15 at 3pm at St Michael’s Parish Church in Lyme Regis.

Sam is the assistant organist at Salisbury Cathedral and one of the most exciting young players around. His programme will include J.S. Bach’s Prelude in C minor (BWV 546), Sonata in D minor on ‘O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden’ by Mendelssohn/Lutz, and ‘Rather Slowly’ by Walter Alcock.

Later recitals at the church will include Emma Gibbins, director of music at Newport Cathedral, on Sunday, June 19; and Kentaro Machida, organ scholar at Merton College, Oxford, on Sunday, October 16.

There will also be a recital on Sunday, September 18, for which details are still to be announced.

All these events start at 3pm and are free with a retiring collection.

The highlight of the society’s 2022 calendar is its summer evening recital by David Halls, director of music at Salisbury Cathedral, on Tuesday, July 5 at 7.30pm. Admission for this event is £12 on the door (cash and card payments are accepted).

Full details of all these events are on the SWOS website at

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.

The society grew out of the Lyme Regis Organ School and has continued 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, and is £15 single and £25 for a couple. Subscriptions provide a vital source of income, but equally important is their involvement in helping the society to achieve its aims.

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