(Founded 1967)

over 50 years of organ concerts

Patrons:  Dr David Hill MBE, Dr Francis Jackson CBE, Dame Gillian Weir DBE

and Peter Ashworth


On Tuesday 4 February we welcomed back to Alton, Peter Wright - formerly Southwark Cathedral - to give the second organ concert in 2020. It was a lovely evening when several newcomers to the Society appeared together with friends and colleagues of Peter (affectionate called “groupies”) together with the regular audience members all  witnessed a masterclass concert. Much of Peter’s programme was probably new to many but this did not detract from his wonderful delivery and exquisite technique. He opened his concert with Max Reger’s second movement (of 7 from a work associated with WW1) titled Dankpsalm which was dedicated to the then German Army. Peter remarked that the 7th movement titled “Celebration of Victory” was not published until very recently! Peter included two Bach pieces one of which was to celebrate Candlemas. The late Jehan Alain is always associated with his most famous piece “Litanies” but this time Peter played a lesser known piece “Deux danses A Agni Yavishta”. Had he lived, the genius of Alain could have possibly surpassed that of Messaien. Peter concluded his programme with concert fantasy on the hymn tune of Hanover by Edwin Lemare. To celebrate the 150 anniversary of Louis Vierne’s birth (1870), Peter included as his encore the delightful quiet piece Vierne’s “Berceuse”.

We look forward to our next organ concert in the current series which will be given by Estonian concert organist Kristel Aer. She performs on Tuesday 3 March 2020 starting at 8.00 pm (refreshments from 7.30 pm). Her programme can be viewed here.

Peter Ashworth has been Chairman of the Society for about 50 years and he announced during the AGM that he will stand down at the end of the current Season (May 2020). As a small but significant tribute the committee unanimously agreed to appointment him as a Patron to join the esteemed company of Dr David Hill, Dr Francis Jackson and Dame Gillian Weir.

The 2019/2020 Season of Organ Concerts can be viewed here. All 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. Application form for season membership is available here.

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.

St Lawrence Church, ALTON, Hampshire

GU34 2BW

Registered Charity Number: 294257

5 February 2020 17:22

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