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The Organ Club Journal: a benefit of membership

The Organ Club Journal: a benefit of membership

Brighton, St Martin, 1888 Hill organ (photo: R Blanch)

Brighton, St Martin, 1888 Hill organ (photo: R Blanch)

The Organ Club actively organizes monthly visits and annual tours to see, hear and play organs in United Kingdom and around the world.  Second, it publishes the Organ Club Journal.  Being a member of the Organ Club ensures that you will receive the “OCJ” 3 times each year in your post box – adding a rich source of information about the pipe organs of the United Kingdom and beyond.  For membership information click here.

The Club’s Journal provides a regular series of articles that  describe the sites and sounds of the monthly visits and the bigger annual tours; all accompanied by full colour photographs and stoplists of each of the organs visited.  In the addition, the Journal provides a forum for all its members to publish articles about their pipe organ experiences.  Articles cover organ builders and organ building, organ performance as well as the art, architecture and history that surrounds the glorious King of Instruments.  The Organ Club Journal appears 3 times yearly.

For example, the October 2014 OCJ includes an article by Daniel Marx, who heads up the Club’s student organization.  In it, Daniel challenges churches undergoing an organ restoration to use that opportunity to raise awareness of the organ, find opportunities to show it off and to educate younger and older people about the value an organ brings to the communities in which they are located. In a day and age when the pipe organ no longer commands pride of place, he sees it as critical to make the most of every opportunity to promote the instrument – at a recital, during a restoration or an installation.  The article is based on his experience working at St John’s Notting Hill in London.

Full feature articles cover visits this year to Brighton, Ealing, East Sheen & Barnes as well as Warwickshire and offer details and impressions of the wonderful instruments visited.

House organ built by Lammermuir Pipe Organs, detail

House organ built by Lammermuir Pipe Organs, detail

One of the Club’s  Vice-Presidents, Anne Marsden Thomas of the Royal Academy of Music, has an article on tackling student’s expectations, while Neil Richerby from Lammermuir Pipe Organs offers up some perspectives on the joys of having a Schnitger organ in your home.   Alastair Johnston provides a travelog of his experiences with the organs of Rennes Cathedral in France.

In an Interview, the Shepherd Brothers, from BC Shepherd and Sons Organ Builders,  give their perspectives on the art of organ building and what inspires them. A full set of reviews of CDs and DVDs is included as well as a special feature on the recent visit by the Club to play the Harrison & Harrison organ in the Royal Festival Hall.

Consider membership in the Organ Club today!

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