(Founded 1967)

over 50 years of organ concerts

Patrons:  DR David Hill, DR francis jackson CBE and

Dame Gillian Weir DBE


Claudia Grinnell (Winchester Cathedral) made a return visit to St Lawrence Church on Tuesday 6 November this time in her own right. Last time she played in Alton it was a 3 weeks notice to cover a scheduled organist who withdrew rather abruptly. Claudia was popular then and this time both her programme, playing and wonderful open and warm personality won the hearts of the audience. Her opening work was a little known piece by Johann Pachelbel - his “Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne” in D minor. She heard this on the radio, loved it, learned it and gave us the pleasure of hearing it. Despite her research into its origins, little was known or documented. The rest of her programme provided something for everyone from the “Fantasia Chromatica” by the 16th century organist Sweelinck to “Mariales” by 21st century organist/composer Naji Hakim; a pupil of Olivier Messiaen. Her programme can be viewed here.

Next month (4 December) we welcome local organist Gerald Marlow to this his first performance in the Organ Society’s Season of organ concerts. He is, however, no stranger to the society’s members having played regularly in the series of lunchtime organ concerts in the summer. He is also a member of the committee. His programme can viewed here.

Concerts start at 8.00 pm ending about 9.15 pm. Refreshments are available from 7.30 pm.

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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

16 November 2018 15:59

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