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Dear Organ lover

Please find news in the following email about PDOA events, and organ recitals in the area. I will be stepping down as Chairman, and John Mullen will be stepping down as Secretary, at the AGM, so please consider joining the committee and becoming an office-bearer.

FERGUS BLACK, Chairman
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PDOA organ crawl
Saturday 14th September
Morning visit to Burghley House and the Holdich at Easton on the Hill.
Please make sure you indicate your attendance in advance, using the blue button below.


Burghley, near Stamford, is one of the largest and grandest houses of the first Elizabethan Age. It was built and mostly designed by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, between 1555 and 1587.

Brownlow, the Ninth Earl of Exeter, was an avid collector of music. There is very large (closed stack) library of (mostly) eighteenth century music at the house. In the chapel, the organ is unique: a single manual, 7-stop instrument in the shape of a harpsichord case, dating from 1790 - it is a marvel of engineering, as well as a decent instrument. It was last restored by Dominic Gwynn in 1985, and is hand-pumped.

Burghley House would like a list of attendees in advance. We will meet at 9:15 am at the House.


Easton on the Hill has a two-manual Holdich from 1849, in good condition, having been restored by Richard Bower.
(Further information about the organ)
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Roughly, I expect our itinerary will be:
meet at 9:15 at Burghley House Porter's Lodge
roughly an hour's playing and listening
coffee in the Orangery
travel to Easton
playing from roughly 11 to 12, or so.
Confirm attendance at Burghley and Easton
PDOA AGM
Wednesday 16th October at 6pm
Recital and AGM for the local organists’ association at St Andrews' Ufford, followed by a convivial meal at the White Hart (to warm up).

Please note that this is currently my last year as the Chairman of PDOA. I am very happy to continue to care-take, and support the organisation on the committee and with publicity, but it needs someone else to steer it now. Please indicate your interest by email to the Hon. Sec., who is also standing down in October, having faithfully carried out the Secretary's job for six years.

the organ at Ufford
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Norris Twaite
the late Norris Twaite
I am sad to report that Norris Twaite has recently passed away. He was a long-standing member of the Association, and a keen supporter of the organ. RIP.
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