Winter organ course 2020

German Romantic music from Mendelssohn to Karg-Elert

Monday 17 to Wednesday 19 February

Venues St Michael the Archangel, Lyme Regis, and St Mary’s Axminster (the Minster church)
9.30am Welcome and coffee
10am Illustrated introduction by Peter Lea-Cox: The role of the organ in Germany during the 19th century
11am Tutorial session 1
1.15pm Lunch
2.30pm Tutorial session 2
4.45pm Tea
5.15pm Masterclass with Philip Scriven and selected students*
Participants are to make their own arrangements for dinner
St Michael the Archangel, Lyme Regis
9.30am Talk by Richard Godfrey: The mechanical and tonal development of the German organ during the 19th century
10.15am Coffee
10.30am Tutorial session 3
1pm Lunch
2.30pm Seminar with Peter King (organist) and Duncan Honeybourne (pianist) on the remarkable associations between Liszt’s organ and piano compositions. The session will include the Fantasy and Fugue on B-A-C-H, Fantasy on ‘Ad nos, ad salutarem undem’, the B minor piano sonata, and much more*
4.45pm Tea
5.15pm Organ recital by Peter King*
7pm Dinner at the Royal Lion hotel, Lyme Regis (included). Speaker Philip Sturrock, SWOS Chairman
The Minster Church, Axminster
10.30am Seminar with Andrew Millington (organist) and Duncan Honeybourne, examining Mendelssohn’s short life, and illustrating and comparing the music he wrote for organ and piano at various significant times during his travels*
1pm Lunch, then return to Lyme Regis
St Michael the Archangel, Lyme Regis
2.15pm Organ recital by Philip Scriven*
3pm Closing remarks and review of the course

3.30pm Finish

* These elements of the course are open to the general public as well as to course participants. Admission is free with a retiring collection to help us cover our costs

Course tutors are Philip Scriven (organist-in-residence at Cranleigh School), Andrew Millington (formerly director of music at Exeter Cathedral), Martin Schellenberg (freelance musician and organist at St Mary’s Church, Beaminster) and SWOS artistic advisers Peter Parshall and Richard Godfrey. Also taking part will be Peter King (organist emeritus at Bath Abbey), organist and Bach expert Peter Lea-Cox, and professional pianist Duncan Honeybourne.

Places are £250 for adults and £125 for students in full-time education. You can download an application form here and a flyer here

Participants may be interested to know that there will be two musical events at St Michael’s, Lyme Regis, over the weekend just before the course (15 and 16 February). This is to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the installation of the Skrabl organ.

Saturday 15 February at 7.30pm
Local choir Lyme Bay Chorale presents a concert of choral and organ music. The choir’s musical director, Alex Davies, will play the organ at the concert. SWOS artistic director Peter Lea-Cox will conduct.
The programme is as follows:
Kodaly: Laudes Organi & Esti Dal
Mendelssohn: Organ sonata no. 1 in F minor & Hear My Prayer
Brahms: Geistliches Lied & How Lovely is thy Dwelling Place
Max Reger: Toccata & Fugue in D minor, Nachtlied, Ich sehe dich in tausend Bildern & Meine Seele ist still zu Gott
Tickets are £10 from Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre, Penny Black Cafe and choir members.

Sunday 16 February at 11am
Sung Eucharist with an invited choir. The celebrant will be the Venerable Paul Taylor, Archdeacon Emeritus of Sherborne. Music before the service will be played by PipeUp organ students. The choir will be directed by SWOS committee member Matt Kingston, and Alex Davies will play the organ.
The music will be as follows:
David Goodenough: I Will Sing With the Spirit (introit)
David Thorne: Mass of St Thomas (excerpts)
Vierne: Messe Solenelle (excerpts)
Stanford: Te Deum in B flat (anthem)
Singers who are interested in joining the choir for this service should contact Alex Davies (email Choir rehearsals will be held each Wednesday at the church from January 15 (7–8pm) and on Sunday 16 February from 9–10.15am, breaking for breakfast and tea/coffee before the service at 11am.