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Events in the Peterborough area


PDOA October Organ Recital

Organist, Ben Horden
We are delighted to present a recital by Ben Horden at St. Mary's Church, Warmington, on Saturday 9th October at 11am.


Johann Sebastian Bach
Prelude in C major BWV 547i
Pastorale, BWV 590 (Prelude – Allemande – Aria – Gigue)
Komm, Heiliger Geist, BWV 652

Dietrich Buxtehude
Passacaglia, BuxWV 161
Praeludium in G minor, BuxWV 149
Auf meinen lieben Gott, BuxWV 179
Allemande – Double – Sarabande – Gigue

Johann Sebastian Bach
Passacaglia, BWV 582

on the Grant, Degens and Bradbeer organ.

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During the seventeenth century, dance secured its position as a serious art discipline. As a result, dance music became prevalent across Europe, and composers of the period and indeed many since have turned to dance forms and structures as a rhythmic framework and inspiration for their composition. Characteristics of early dance forms were incorporated into the works of many European composers. This particular collection focuses on its use by two leading forces in organ music of the German Baroque and indeed its development and evolution within Western music: Johann Sebastian Bach and Dietrich Buxtehude.

Ben Horden biography

Free admission, but because of anti-COVID requirements, it is essential please to notify wish to attend.

Please join us for a socially distanced glass of fizz (non-alcoholic) afterwards.

There is no charge. Donations welcome.

Midlands Organ Day

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Our friends across the border, The Northampton & District Organists Association with the support of the IAO has decided to proceed with the Midlands Organ Day on Saturday 25th September 2021 as live events with an audience. Full details.

All members of any Midlands Organists' Association are invited, including Peterborough. The day is focused on a skill often central to the role of an organist – Playing for the Liturgy.

The day will be structured around masterclasses with

Richard Pinel, Fellow and Director of Music at Jesus College, Cambridge;
Andrew Reid, Managing Director of Harrison & Harrison;
Jonathan Kingston, Director of Music at St. Mary & St. Giles, Stony Stratford.

Callum Alger, Director of Music, St. Peter's Collegiate Church, Wolverhampton will also demonstrate the organ.

Later in the day, there is a celebration of the J. W. Walker organ at St. Matthew’s, Northampton, once described as ‘the finest parish church organ in England’: The N&DOA Centenary Organ Recital in which Andrew and Callum will showcase the organ.

The day will also include the opportunity to try a number of other fine organs in the town, including the Walker and Hill, Norman & Beard organs of All Saints' Church, the Rushworth & Dreaper 3-manual organ at N.T.C.G. (formerly College Street Baptist Church), the August Gern 2-manual organ at St. Gregory's, and the Walker 3-manual organ at St. Michael and All Angels. A veteran bus will be available to take you to these other churches during the lunch break.

The Northampton & District Organists' Association has a website with a page devoted to the Midlands Organ Day. Please take a look. It is sure to be informative, enjoyable and sociable.


News from the IAO

PDOA is affiliated to a national organisation, the Incorporated Association of Organists. Here is their newsletter, with information about other activities and events around the country.

Read the IAO Newsletter

Congratulations to Stephen Barber

Stephen Barber, composer
Congratulations to Stephen Barber for winning the 'Organ Music for Solemn Moments' competition with his Chaconne Melancolique.

Press Release | Order Details: PDF | Order Details: sheet music

Sits Vac

St Luke's Orton Malborne
St Luke's, the Catholic Church for the Ortons and Hamptons, is looking for a permanent semi-professional Director of Music to continue the work of developing the musical life of the parish.

They write: "St. Luke's is a young, large, diverse, friendly and welcoming community, with a typical Sunday attendance of 600 and rising, increasing to 1,000 at Christmas and Easter. There are 4 weekend Masses and the Director of Music would concentrate particularly on the 10.30am Mass, plus one other, with two practices currently on a Friday evening.

"There is a small adult choir along with a new childrens choir and we would be looking particularly for someone with the skills and experience to continue their growth and development. Strong gifts in making music with children would be essential. A new three form entry parish primary school opening in September next year will present further opportunities.

"All three parish clergy and our congregation highly value the role of music in our liturgical life and would be very supportive.

"Currently the Director of Music both directs the choirs and provides the accompaniment for Mass, however the role could be split between two people.

"At present there is a new Clavinova but no organ, although there is the possibility of exploring the installation of a suitable instrument.

"The salary would be realistic and very competitive according to qualifications and experience. Deputies are available."

Please contact the parish priest for an initial informal discussion or to ask any questions.
Downie, 01733 230464
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