(Founded 1967)

over 50 years of organ concerts

Patrons:  DR David Hill MBE, DR francis jackson CBE and

Dame Gillian Weir DBE


Tue 2 April the Society Members witnessed a master class in organ playing when Norwich Cathedral organist, David Dunnett, gave an outstanding organ concert. His programme can be viewed here. Many in the audience remarked that David managed to get so many different sounds from the organ through his “magical” but professional registrations. Moreover, most of the programme was new to the audience thus widening their appreciation of different works. He opened his programme with Mendelssohn’s “Overture to St Paul” which featured Advent theme “Wachet auf”. Original Mendelssohn music didn’t feature much pedal work because pedals didn’t exist or were fairly basic. This version was arranged by Best and he introduced complex and tricky pedal arrangements which would challenge the most competent organist - we saw from the screen it was busy and very effective. The next two contrasting works - Buxtehude’s “Prelude, Fugue & Chaconne” and Petr Eben’s “Hommage a Buxtehude” (based on the original piece) highlighted the contrasting styles between the 17th and 20th century. Eben survived Buchenwald concentration camp and was one of the leading Czech composers of his time. David ended his concert with the 17 minute major composition - “Sonata Eroica”  by the Belgian organist Joseph Jongen to great applause.

We look forward to the return visit of Ourania Gassiou on Tuesday 7 May 2019. Ourania’s programme can be viewed here.

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.

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.

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4 April 2019 15:20

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