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

OrganFest 2017

BIOS, IAO & RCO celebrate the organ

Last year at Hull City Hall with its huge(IV, 141-stop) concert organ coinciding with Hull City of Culture

Friday September 8th from 5.30pm

Saturday September 9th from10am

featuring: Friday:

Huw Edwards (BBC TV News) interviewed by Gordon Stewart (Huddersfield Town Hall)

Colin Walsh (Organist Laureate, Lincoln Cathedral)


Darius Battiwalla (Leeds Town Hall)

Kevin Bowyer (Concert Organist)

Simon Lindley (Organist Emeritus, Leeds Minster)

Andrew McRea (Deputy Director RCO)

John Pemberton (Organ Curator, Hull City Hall)

Robert Poyser (Beverley Minster)

Alan Thurlow (Chairman, BIOS)

First East Yorkshire Organ Day

The First East Yorkshire Organ Day was held on Wednesday March 18th at Hull City Hall.

The day was an acknowledged success with an overall attendance of over 130.HEROG are grateful to the IAO and  to Hull City Council for their sponsorship which made the day possible and to the staff of Hull City Hall without whose help and cooperation the event would not have run so smoothly.  


                               1911: Built by Forster and Andrews – their magnum opus

                               1951: Restored and enhanced by the John Compton Organ Company after war damage,

                                the Organ at Hull City Hall is one of the largest and finest Concert Hall Organs in the country.


The Alan Spedding Memorial Fund

A Fund has been set up by his family in memory of Dr. Alan Spedding MBE DMus FRCO(CHM) GRSM DipRSCM who died on
March 5th 2014. Alan had been Organist of Beverley Minster for 42 years and was the first President of HEROG. The fund, which aims to support young organists in their training - a cause  very close to Alan's heart throughout his life - was launched at Alan's Memorial Service in April and attracted considerable support at that time and subsequently.

HEROG shares Alan Spedding's aspiration of introducing young musicians to the instrument and of encouraging and supporting them in their musical development and has donated to the fund both as individuals and as a Group.
The Memorial fund is to be administered by The Oundle Music Trust and anyone wishing for further details should contact the HEROG Secretary on the "contact us "page.

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