Andrew Kirk - 2006/2007
Welcome to the BDOA Website.
If this is your first visit then let me encourage you to browse, explore and enjoy our site. You will see that the BDOA is a very active association which arranges a variety of events for its Members and those interested in playing or listening to ‘the King of Instruments’. We have about 150 Members of all ages, backgrounds and abilities and some who do not play the organ but enjoy its music, so whatever your interest, we would be delighted to have you join us in the Association. Please look for membership details on this website.
Each year the Association elects a President who suggests a programme for the year and chairs the various meetings and events. When I moved to Bristol to take up the post at St Mary Redcliffe in 2003, one of the first letters to arrive through the door was from Jeanne Cawley, inviting me to become a member of BDOA and to be Junior Vice President. How quickly those three years have flown by!
I feel honoured to have been asked to be President and I promise to give of my best in promoting the work of the Association. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the immediate past President, Chris Mansfield, for all his hard work during his excellent action-packed president’s year. It was an unusually busy year with the 50th anniversary of the Colston Hall organ. I would also like to thank all the committee members for their hard work throughout the year and especially to Jeanne Cawley who has retired from the committee after more than 20 year’s dedicated service.
My interest in the organ started as a choirboy at St James the Greater in Leicester. As well as having an attractive church building with a good boys and men’s choir, the quality of the 3 manual Taylor organ (rebuilt by Walker) inspired me, together with our annual cathedral visits to Ely, Lincoln or Canterbury. We were also lucky enough to travel to the USA for two month long visits in the 1980’s. There were other career possibilities but the organ and choir was something I kept coming back to. It is reassuring to see some of the teenagers in the Redcliffe choir learning the organ and hopefully carrying on this tradition!
I am involved in the work and promotion of the RSCM . I believe it is important to develop partnerships with other musical organisations. During my presidential year I hope to facilitate some meetings to bring closer links between organisations such as the RSCM, BDOA and ISM. It is important to share our knowledge and expertise with others and to make new connections and step out of our ‘comfort zone’ in our usual networks and surroundings.
Some events for our programme for the next 12 months are still to be finalised, but plans to date will be listed on this website. These will be added to from time to time, but please put the dates in your diary and join us for as much as you can over the next 12 months. Our Webmaster, Arthur Gregory is always updating and expanding the site, so do visit it from time to time to keep yourself up-to-date.
I wish you well and look forward to meeting you during the course of the year.
With best wishes to you all.