Forthcoming Events

Saturday 26th October 2019 @ 7:30pm Halam Court – “Denmark Revisited” – by David Butterworth. David will explore further aspects of the previous Denmark outing in the context of the possibilities of the Society’s next visit abroad.
Sunday 17th November 2019 @ 4:00pm St Oswald’s Church, Ashbourne. Talk (including live music for trombone and organ) by Matthew Harrison, freelance trombonist and ABRSM examiner. There will be an opportunity to play the 3 manual/47 stop organ recently rebuilt by Groves, and to stay for Evensong.

Members’ cars.

Wednesday 4th December 2019 @ 1:30pm An afternoon in Oakham. Short lunchtime recital in All Saints’ at 1:30 (given by an Oakham School 6th former pianist), followed by visits to the Church Organ (Kenneth Tickell 1995 2 manual/20 stop) and the 3 manual/32 stop Peter Collins organ in the School Chapel. Fr Stephen Dye has invited us for a cup of tea at c. 4:15pm, and the chance to look at some his musical artefacts.

Members’ cars.

Saturday 18th January 2020 @ 3:00pm Halam Court at 3:00pm – Lecture, with musical illustrations, by Jonathan Rennert, organist of St Michael’s Cornhill on George Thalben-Ball, who died on this day in 1987.
Saturday 8th February 2020 Annual Luncheon at the Masonic Hall, Nottingham –

With guest speaker Lindsay Gray, variously Chorister at St Mary’s, Nottingham; Choral Scholar of King’s College, Cambridge; Director of Music, Cheltenham College; Headmaster of Llandaff Cathedral School; and Director of the R.S.C.M

Saturday 21st March 2020 Visit (by coach TBC) to Malvern: Nicholson & Co. organ builders; then the organs at Malvern Priory and St Mary Magdalene, Twyning.

Malvern Priory main organ:

Nicholson 4 manual/49 stop Organ

Twyning organ:

John Nicholson’s last organ (1886),a 2 manual/23 stop Organ

Saturday 6th June 2020 @ 6:30pm A visit to St John’s chapel where we have been allowed rare access to a choir rehearsal and Sidney Sussex College Chapels, Cambridge.
April 2020 TBC A White Peak afternoon to include access to some village organs and perhaps even a well dressing! Further details to follow when available.
Monday 20th July 2020 (TBC) A.G.M. at St John’s Carrington followed by a members’ recital which on this occasion is not limited to just the organ but also may include other various instruments! Date and time to be finalised and confirmed.

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Forthcoming Recitals & Concerts

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Cherish Our Churches 2019 – David Butterworth

We kick off with an organ recital on 20th October by myself. The programme is designed to make best use of this particular instrument on the one hand, i.e. its many colours that are right up the ‘Baroque’ street; but on the other interspersed with one or two surprises, mainly of a contemporary nature, which I personally think sound fabulous on this instrument with its incisive and clear tonalities.

On 10th November, we are to be entertained by Kadie Kanneh-Mason’s three youngest, whom I have presumed to describe as a Trio: Jeneba (piano), Aminata (violin) and Mariatu (‘cello.) They have already played for me elsewhere last April, and they brought the house down with both their music and their charm. At this stage, the programme is in the making, but I think we can expect some Chopin, and I am putting in a special plea for the third movement of Prokofiev’s Sonata no. 7; but of course they must choose what suits them best at this moment in time.

Finally, Paul Hale will join us on 24th November, to share a programme exploring the proximity of my two luck-knows-no-bounds instruments, the Grant, Degens and Bradbeer organ and the Steinway Model D concert grand. Paul is well known in many spheres, not least as conductor of the Nottingham Bach Society for many years and, in my book crowning everything else, his masterly management of the music at Southwell Minster, through good and bad times, through thick and thin, a potential minefield of problems and hurdles which he has consistently braved and handled with remarkable aplomb and total success; I shall never forget that psalm singing on Thursday evenings (my favourite spot of the week.) But on a quieter note, it has always struck me just what a wonderfully musical person Paul is; a joy to work with. We have discovered a complete suite for organ and piano by the Canadian composer Denis Bédard, not a well-known work but really enjoyable to play and to listen to; better known in Canada of course.

Further details on the poster below.

David Butterworth

Local Church Music Lists

Music lists for these churches are available by following these links:

Southwell Minster Music

St Barnabas RC Nottingham


Past Events

Programme 2017/18

Programme 2016/17

Programme 2015/16

Programme 2014/15

Programme 2013/14