(Founded 1967)

over 50 years of organ concerts

Patrons:  Dr David Hill MBE, Dr Francis Jackson CBE, Dame Gillian Weir DBE

and Peter Ashworth


2020 got off to a tremendous start on Tuesday 7 Jan when newcomer to Alton, Paul Carr (International Concert Organist), gave a most stunning organ concert. He opened his eclectic programme with his own arrangement of Johann Strauss II overture, Die Fledermaus. What a start it was demonstrating manual dexterity, absolute command of the instrument, maximum use of the organs colours and, overall, a standard that caused a widespread jaw dropping “wow” factor and spontaneous applause! (Usually, we reserve applause at the start and end of concerts but this was from the heart - sorry Peter!) Thereon, Paul’s programme went from strength to strength underlining this man’s utter professionalism. His programme was varied in taste and all pieces were delivered with expertise and musicianship of the highest order. A full review will follow but to see what you may have missed, Paul’s programme is shown here. Having ended on a high playing Vierne’s Symphony No 6 (Final), Paul added as an encore, John Stanley’s (1713-86) B flat Trumpet Voluntary. The overall opinion from the audience was we must invite Paul back to Alton...soon!

We look forward to our next organ concert in the current series which will be given by an old friend of the Society, Peter Wright, who retired from Southwark Cathedral in early 2019. He performs on Tuesday 4 February 2020 starting at 8.00 pm (refreshments from 7.30 pm). His programme can be viewed here.

Peter Ashworth has been Chairman of the Society for about 50 years and he announced during the AGM that he will stand down at the end of the current Season (May 2020). As a small but significant tribute the committee unanimously agreed to appointment him as a Patron to join the esteemed company of Dr David Hill, Dr Francis Jackson and Dame Gillian Weir.

The 2019/2020 Season of Organ Concerts can be viewed here. All concerts start at 8.00 pm ending about 9.15 pm. Refreshments are available from 7.30 pm. Admission is £10 at the door which includes programme. Application form for season membership is available here.

You are urged to visit the Website

which gives you venues, dates and times of the 3,000+

organ concerts given throughout the UK. 

David Sanger was our first Patron and his personal website has been retained as a Memorial. Click here to visit it and reflect on his remarkable career as a concert organist and teacher.

St Lawrence Church, ALTON, Hampshire

GU34 2BW

Registered Charity Number: 294257

11 January 2020 12:58

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