REVISED PROGRAMME: Unfortunately we are unable to have the arranged access to Bath abbey organ after evensong as the building is to remain open to the public later on Saturdays during August. An introduction and opportunity to play the Klais organ will be postponed to a future date TBC. As an alternative and at short notice, we are very grateful to Manvers Street Baptist Church for making their Sweetland organ available for members to play.
A day trip to Bath starting at The Museum of Bath at Work then a few steps to Christ Church followed by St Marys Bathwick before Bath abbey for choral evensong, and finally Manvers Street Baptist Church. The abbey has recently undergone significant changes as part of the extensive footprint project worth exploring if you arrive early. Cost for the day is £5 per person by card or cash at the museum for entrance and members are very welcome to bring guests. Bookings can be made below which will help catering and our venue hosts.
11.00am Museum of Bath at Work BA1 2RH arrival and coffee with an introduction from the director before an opportunity to tour the exhibits about working life in Bath from ancient to modern times. Including temporary display boards about the prolific and well known Bath organ builder William Sweetland kindly loaned by his great granddaughter and local resident, Angie Calvert-Jones. Further information The museum has recently opened an exhibition called “All day long” about individuals current working life in the city. Please Click here to view an interview with the director Stuart Burroughs, describing the concept and exhibition.
The museum has drop-off level access but no parking for visitors although extensive parking is available a 15 minute walk away in Charlotte Street car park BA1 2NE. Alternatively there are park and ride locations around the city.
12.00pm Christ Church, Julian Road BA1 2RH An introduction to the organ by one of the organists then an opportunity to play. During playing time, an area will be available in the museum for a BYO picnic with tea and coffee available. There is a convenience Coop and Spar just across Julian road selling sandwiches and snacks. Walking to the next venue takes about 20 minutes down a steep hill or a taxi can be arranged at personal expense Church information
2.00-4.00pm St Marys, Bathwick BA2 4AB An introduction to the Willis organ by DOM and BDOA member Gary Desmond followed by an opportunity to play
5.00pm Choral Evensong at Bath Abbey Sung by The Howells Voices:
- Responses: Humphrey Clucas
- Psalm 72
- Canticles: Dyson in D
- Anthem: Let all mortal flesh keep silence – Edward Bairstow
6.15-7.30pm Manvers Street Baptist Church BA1 1JW An introduction to the 2 manual Sweetland by organist Patricia North, followed by an opportunity to play.
Members are welcome to join for all or parts of the day. Please feel free to contact the president A.John Marsh, with any questions.
Bookings are closed for this event.