Informative, enlightening, encouraging, entertaining, witty, whimsical, charming and totally captivating. These are just a few adjectives, which could describe Mr. William McVicker, guest speaker at our Presidents Dinner on 13th September last year. As Organist of St. Barnabas Church Dulwich, Curator of the Royal Festival Hall organ and his work with aspiring young organists, he was well placed to keep us totally enthralled as he gave us a tantalizing insight into his world as a freelance musician. His work at the Royal Festival Hall was of great interest with mention, not only of the organ, but the work being carried out on the hall acoustics.
The Dinner was held at Eastling Village Hall, near Faversham, which was a new venue for our forty members who attended, having good facilities and ample parking. Although there were some logistical hiccups with empty glasses and, embarrassingly for some, glassless toasts etc., the dinner itself was enjoyable. These arrangements will be given greater attention before our next dinner.
Michael Cooke, our new President, gave us a résumé of his early years and there were a good selection of CDs and records for sale.
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