Jonathan Price - 2000/2001
Jonathan Price (Director of Music Christ City)
1934 was a momentous year in the musical world. Elgar, Holst and Delius all died. In the organ world, Widor was still at St. Sulpice, Vierne was at Notre-Dame, and Messiaen was writing L'Ascension. It was also the year in which the Bristol and District Organists' Association was formed.
Nearly 70 years later, I am writing the first "President's letter" for circulation not only to organists in and around Bristol, but also to those enthusiasts around the world whose interest in the organ as an instrument has brought them to our web site. The thought of a "worldwide web" to my predecessors - the cathedral organists and recitalists of the 1930's and 1940's - would have been the amusing product of an over imagination. But the fact that a provincial club should still be as active now as it was when it was formed in 1934 is a testament to the continuing world-wide interest in the skill of the organist and the craft of organ builder.
Here in Bristol, we boast many fine instruments, several of which are of international importance. Over the generations, there has also been a continuity of fine recitalists and performers living hereabouts, who have each made their mark in the organ world. I have myself entered into the long list of Organists at Christ Church, the Parish Church of the medieval city of Bristol, where I am only the fourth organist since 1881. It gives me great joy that my tenure of the chair of the BDOA should happen to coincide with the beginnings of the internet, and in welcoming you to our web site. I hope you find the local news of our instruments and recitals of interest.