Dear Organ lover

Here is news about the organ in the wider Peterborough area. It has been a long time with a dearth of events, but hopefully there is a brighter and busier future ahead. There is certainly a lot of news in this short newsletter, including an actual recital. Please read on, and book free tickets.

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PDOA October Organ Recital

We are delighted to present a recital by Ben Horden at St. Mary's Church, Warmington, on Saturday 9th October at 11am.


Johann Sebastian Bach
Prelude in C major BWV 547i
Pastorale, BWV 590 (Prelude – Allemande – Aria – Gigue)
Komm, Heiliger Geist, BWV 652

Dietrich Buxtehude
Passacaglia, BuxWV 161
Praeludium in G minor, BuxWV 149
Auf meinen lieben Gott, BuxWV 179
Allemande – Double – Sarabande – Gigue

Johann Sebastian Bach
Passacaglia, BWV 582

on the  Grant, Degens and Bradbeer organ.

(please see below)

During the seventeenth century, dance secured its position as a serious art discipline. As a result, dance music became prevalent across Europe, and composers of the period and indeed many since have turned to dance forms and structures as a rhythmic framework and inspiration for their composition. Characteristics of early dance forms were incorporated into the works of many European composers. This particular collection focuses on its use by two leading forces in organ music of the German Baroque and indeed its development and evolution within Western music: Johann Sebastian Bach and Dietrich Buxtehude.

Ben Horden biography

Free admission, but because of anti-COVID requirements, it is essential please to notify wish to attend (please see below).

Please join us for a socially distanced glass of fizz (non-alcoholic) afterwards.

There is no charge. Donations welcome.

Send an email to to book tickets (don't forget to say how many tickets you would like. Include your telephone number, so we can contact you if there are last minute changes).

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Ben is crowdfunding. He writes: "This summer, I’m bringing to life a project on which I’ve been working over last year of otherwise relative inactivity! The pandemic has devastated both career and income for me, as it has for countless friends and colleagues in the arts. I’m pleased that, amongst other objectives, this project supports several freelancers at the start of what I hope will be a period of recovery. 

"Entitled ‘Shall we dance?’, the project to record my first solo album at the organ comprises works by J S Bach and Buxtehude and centres around the influence of dance. I will be recording at my alma mater, The University of York, on the Grant, Degens and Bradbeer organ, last recorded by Professor Peter Seymour in the 1980s! 

"In order to bring to life this project, I’m reaching out for kind and generous sponsors who may be interested in contributing their support. More details about the project, how much I’m looking to raise in total and how to donate can be found here:  Please do follow the link to find out more, and huge thanks in advance to any who feel able to support. 

"Please do feel free to spread the word and share this with any friends or colleagues whom you think may also be interested. I’d be very grateful indeed."
Support Ben's CD
Midlands Organ Day
Our friends across the border, The Northampton & District Organists Association with the support of the IAO has decided to proceed with the Midlands Organ Day on Saturday 25th September 2021 as live events with an audience. Full details.

All members of any Midlands Organists' Association are invited, including Peterborough. The day is focused on a skill often central to the role of an organist – Playing for the Liturgy.

The day will be structured around masterclasses with
  • Richard Pinel, Fellow and Director of Music at Jesus College, Cambridge;
  • Andrew Reid, Managing Director of Harrison & Harrison; 
  • Jonathan Kingston, Director of Music at St. Mary & St. Giles, Stony Stratford.
Callum Alger, Director of Music, St. Peter's Collegiate Church, Wolverhampton will also demonstrate the organ.

Later in the day, there is a celebration of the J. W. Walker organ at St. Matthew’s, Northampton, once described as ‘the finest parish church organ in England’: The N&DOA Centenary Organ Recital in which Andrew and Callum will showcase the organ.

The day will also include the opportunity to try a number of other fine organs in the town, including the Walker and Hill, Norman & Beard organs of All Saints' Church, the Rushworth & Dreaper 3-manual organ at N.T.C.G. (formerly College Street Baptist Church), the August Gern 2-manual organ at St. Gregory's, and the Walker 3-manual organ at St. Michael and All Angels. A veteran bus will be available to take you to these other churches during the lunch break. 

The Northampton & District Organists' Association has a website with a page devoted to the Midlands Organ Day. Please take a look. It is sure to be informative, enjoyable and sociable.
Further information about the Midlands Organ Day
News from the IAO
PDOA is affiliated to a national organisation, the Incorporated Association of Organists. Here is their newsletter, with information about other activities and events around the country.
Read the IAO Newsletter
Situation Vacant
St Luke's, the Catholic Church for the Ortons and Hamptons, is looking for a permanent semi-professional Director of Music to continue the work of developing the musical life of the parish.

They write: "St. Luke's is a young, large, diverse, friendly and welcoming community, with a typical Sunday attendance of 600 and rising, increasing to 1,000 at Christmas and Easter. There are 4 weekend Masses and the Director of Music would concentrate particularly on the 10.30am Mass, plus one other, with two practices currently on a Friday evening.

"There is a small adult choir along with a new childrens choir and we would be looking particularly for someone with the skills and experience to continue their growth and development. Strong gifts in making music with children would be essential. A new three form entry parish primary school opening in September next year will present further opportunities.

"All three parish clergy and our congregation highly value the role of music in our liturgical life and would be very supportive.

"Currently the Director of Music both directs the choirs and provides the accompaniment for Mass, however the role could be split between two people.

"At present there is a new Clavinova but no organ, although there is the possibility of exploring the installation of a suitable instrument.

"The salary would be realistic and very competitive according to qualifications and experience. Deputies are available.

Please contact the parish priest for an initial informal discussion or to ask any questions. 

Fr Jeffrey Downie, 230464
Congratulations to Stephen Barber for winning the 'Organ Music for Solemn Moments' competition with his Chaconne Melancolique.
Press Release
Order Details: PDF, sheet music
James Parsons is running an organ weekend in County Durham on the Bank Holiday Weekend. Some of our members have been in past years, and speak very highly of it. There is a packed programme.
Details here.
Because of Covid, we haven't had any events this year (Oct 2020-Sep 2021), nor did we collect any subscriptions. However, we will be having a programme from October 2021, and so we will collect subs again. I will write to everyone individually before 1st Oct, asking for your continuing support.
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  • Publicity for organ events in the area
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