Hull and East Riding Organ Group
  affiliated to the Incorporated Association of Organists

History of the Group..

The Hull and East Riding Organ Group was founded in 2010 to form a focus for those in the region who were interested in the organ and its music whether they be players, listeners or had an interest in the instrument, its design, structure and workings.

The Group was launched in April 2010 initially at the late Carlo Curley's organ recital at Beverley Minster and again two days later at the Organ Showcase at Hull City Hall. On each occasion, the Group was supported by Dr Alan Thurlow, President of the Incorporated Association of Organists(IAO) and by Dr Peter Chatfield, General Secretary of the IAO and in addition at Hull City Hall by John Stormont, previous Secretary of the IAO.

The Group's first President was the late Dr Alan Spedding, Organist Emeritus of Beverley Minster and the Group was further honoured when Dr Francis Jackson, Organist Emeritus of York Minster agreed to be an Honorary Vice President. The committee was drawn from across the geographic region and was led by the Chairman, Dr John Pemberton, Curator of the Organ at Hull City Hall.
At the end of Dr Spedding's three year term in 2013, the Group elected John Scott Whiteley, Organist Emeritus of York Minster as President and the baton was passed on.
Aptly, Alan Spedding spoke at the first meeting of the new Group in September 2010 about his 40 years at Beverley Minster. Around 25 members attended that first meeting. The first dinner in April 2011 was addressed by Dr Francis Jackson in his inimitable style.
In 2016, the baton was passed on again to a new President, Dr Colin Wright, formerly Lecturer in Music at Hull University.
                                                                                            Alan Spedding (left) passes the Presidential baton
                                                                                                   to John Scott Whiteley at the AGM 2013                                       
       Alan Spedding stands to introduce Dr Francis Jackson
          on his right as Speaker at the 1st Annual Dinner
And now...
The Group has continued to flourish and has a membership of over 60. Both the membership and the range of activities reflect a broad interest in the organ. Players, non-players and those interested in organ building are all catered for in the Annual Programme.
Meetings are held monthly, excepting December and August and over the past years have included visits to organs in the East Riding, York , North Lincolnshire, Rutland and Liverpool; Talks about the history of the organ and about its mechanism; talks by organ builders and visits to organ builders' and pipe makers' workshops; talks about Bach and other composers and interviews with prominent musicians. There is an emphasis on meeting with other members  both at the designated Social Events and the Annual Dinner and at the less formal times during visits and talks when we have refreshments and meals together.

Affiliation to the IAO brings its own benefit. The IAO has over 6,000 members worldwide and members of affiliated associations have access to their Annual Congress and to the regional organ days held over the country. The IAO is also a source of expertise on a range of organ matters and is also able to offer grants and bursaries and circulates a prestigious and well-recommended publication, the "Organists' Review".

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