Our events currently planned for 2017 are:
Visit hosted by our member John Carvell commencing at 2pm to St Luke's Parish Church, Cannock, to see and play the 3 manual, mainly tubular pneumatic action, Norman & Beard organ.
Following the 2016 reordering of this church, a visit to Holy Trinity, Sutton Coldfield, commencing at 2pm with our 2017 AGM, followed by the opportunity to play the 3 manual Hill, Norman & Beard organ.
Visit commencing at 7pm to Burton-on-Trent Town Hall, to play the 3 manual 8 rank Wurlitzer organ. This is quite a departure for us from our usual visits to play church organs, so leave your J S Bach pieces at home on this occasion, and try something rather different. Our member Arthur Tipper has played this organ for concerts, dancing and Civic events since 1973, so knows this organ well, and will give us an introduction to it, before handing over to members to try their hands.
Visit commencing at 2pm to St Chad's Church, Lichfield, hosted by DoM and LDOA Committee Member Tony White, with the showing of videos/DVD's of organs being played, but members are welcome to then stay on and sample the 2 manual organ at St Chad's.
Visit commencing at 2pm to St Leonard's Church, Blithfield, to play the 2 manual 24 stop organ originally built by Alfred Kirkland, then rebuilt and enlarged by John Oakes & Company in 1965.
Members' Recital at All Saints' Church, Streetly. A recital on the 3 manual Allen organ by members of Lichfield & District Organists' Association for members, guests, and with an invitation extended also to members of All Saints' Church, Streetly. Drinks and nibbles provided. Retiring collection.
Visit to Walsall arranged by Walsall Borough Organist and LDOA honorary member Peter Morris. The visit, hosted by Toby Barnard, Deputy Organist at St Peter's, Wolverhampton, commences at 11am to St Matthew's Church, to play the 4 manual 74 stop organ rebuilt in 1999/2000 to a scheme by Roger Fisher and Peter Morris when he was organist. Then on for 1pm to Walsall Town Hall to play the imposing 4 manual 73 stop Nicholson & Lord organ.
President's Evening at Lichfield Cathedral at the kind invitation of our President Martyn Rawles, Lichfield Cathedral Organist and Assistant Director of Music, with a short demo by Martyn Rawles, then an opportunity for members to play the magnificent 4 manual 82 stop Hill organ. Always one of the most popular events of our year. Drinks and nibbles provided.
Visit commencing at 11am to Repton School Chapel, to play the 3 manual 34 stop Harrison & Harrison organ dating from 1929.
Annual Dinner at The Plough Shenstone, for members and guests.