Organ Events

Dear Organ lover

This is just a quick reminder that membership subscriptions become due at the start of October, the beginning of our financial year; and also about our organ events that are fast approaching. The next one is this coming weekend.

We have moved our subscription renewals online, and this is a new thing for us. Please use the online forms if at all possible. If you have contacted me about problems when renewing, I will reply when time allows.

If you are not a member, and would like to join, we would love to welcome you. Please see here:

PDOA Events
Sunday 23rd September at 2:30, The Lewis at Titchmarsh

Organ Visit to Titchmarsh, to visit the T C Lewis organ, restored by Harrison and Harrison in 2016. (NPOR D01676) - more details below.

Friday 5th – Sunday 7th October - WOW! The 8th Warmington Organ Weekend

Members’ Reception prior to the recital by Richard Brasier on Friday 5th October at 6:45pm. On the Frobenius organ in Oundle School Chapel. (concert start time is 7:30). (NPOR D04670)

Wednesday 17th October, AGM and Members' Recital - 6.30pm at Castor

Organ Members’ Recital on the two manual Conacher at St Kyneburgh, Castor, (NPOR N13181), followed by the AGM, and a convivial meal afterwards. Please volunteer to play.

I hope to see you to any or all of these events.


The Lewis at Titchmarsh
In 1870, Thomas Christopher Lewis, at that time a London organ builder,early in his career, supplied a new two manual and pedal mechanical action organ for Titchmarsh church to replace the existing barrel- organ which in turn had replaced the notorious village band in 1837.
Influenced by the work of Schulz and Cavaille- Coll, T C Lewis became one of the most important and prolific English Victorian organ builders prodcing an estimated total of some 600 instruments from his workshop in Brixton, South London. He was related to the distinguished archtitect Arthur Blomfield which may have helped him secure the contract for Southwark Cathedral towards the end of the century.
The organ at Titchmarsh is remarkable because it was never altered or re-voiced until the instrument became the subject of a Heritage Lottery Grant in 2016 and Messrs Harrison and Harrison completed a magnificent project in restoring it to its original glory and we can be certain that the sound we hear today is exactly that heard by the builder in 1870 along with his well- known voicer, William Thynne. A rare achievement in itself.
The organ has some beautiful quiet stops and is capable of a full, round exiting full organ, worthy of the magnificent church for which it was built.
The visit at 2.30pm on Sunday 23rdSeptember promises to be highly interesting and most enjoyable.
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