|An Organists Diary|
write these lines during the course of December 2002, it
gives me a chance to reflect upon the events of the past
year, not only nationally and internationally, but also
within the Kent County Organists Association as
a whole. I have also had some interesting moments, going
over to France and Belgium as well as participating in
two visits to Salisbury.
The two events in Salisbury were most enjoyable. The
first I attended was the Improvisation for All course
in July (16th-19th), organised in conjunction with the Sarum
College. They organize courses for volunteer and
experienced organists throughout the year. The course
tutors were Michal Novenko from Prague, Andrew Smith (St.
Peters, Eaton Square) and Martin Baker (Master of
Music, Westminster Cathedral). On the first evening, I
improvised in the style of Tournemire on the plainsong
sequence Victimae Paschali Laudes. Certainly, it
was a privilege to have improvised on the Salisbury
During the course of the three days, the instruments used
were those at the Cathedral, St. Martins Church and
the Sarum Collegewhere, each morning and evening, the new
Kenneth Jones instrument in the College Chapel, and the
new Vincent Woodstock organ in the practice room
which has two balanced 8ft stops were used.
However, on the Thursday evening of the course Michal
Novenko gave a recital at the Parish Church of St. Mary
the Virgin, Swanage, which was an hours drive from Salisbury.
Regular organ recitals take place during the summer
months at Swanage Parish