A Selection of Past Meetings

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The IBO has had many meetings offering interesting content and a chance to catch up. Here are some notes on some recent occasions ...

Tewkesbury Meeting 7-9 October 2016

Tewkesbury The weekend begun at St John the Baptist, Fladbury where Nicholson Assistant Managing Director, Andrew Caskie, demonstrated the restored Nicholson organ there. Afterwards the group moved over to the Chequers pub for supper prior to the return coach trip to our hotel, the Tewkesbury Park.

Saturday morning focussed on a formative and well-presented talk by Nicholas Plumley on the three organs at Tewkesbury Abbey, which were all ably demonstrated by Abbey Organist Carleton Etherington. Following a coach transfer to Dean Close School, Cheltenham, the group enjoyed lunch in the school dining room before moving into the Chapel for a talk about the new Nicholson organ there by Andrew Moyes, Managing Director; Simon Bell, School Director of Music, then played the organ for us.

Our after-dinner speaker that evening was Roy Massey who talked about his interactions with various organ builders over his career as an organist. Then on Sunday morning, professional members were treated to two presentations, one by John Mander and Andrew Moyes about the systems they use within their firms when costing projects and then a practical demonstration by Robert Woodland (aka Bob the Gilder!) on gilding pipe and other decorative techniques.

Once again the weather held fair for us!

Liverpool Meeting, 23rd July 2016



Once again we were blessed with good weather for our Summer Meeting held in Liverpool. The day started at the magnificent St George's Hall where we were welcomed by David Wells and his team. After playing a couple of pieces showing the variety of sounds on the 100-stop Father Willis organ, Professor Ian Tracey (City Organist) then explored each division and stop on the organ. A short walk to the workshops of Henry Willis and Sons followed where a much enjoyed lunch was served within the workshops.

After lunch members were encouraged to break into smaller groups to move between a display of leathers by Bevingtons, a demonstration of leatherwork techniques by David Roberts and the metal shop where David Hall of Booths was on hand to talk about pipe repairs. In addition staff from Willis's were on hand to take members on factory tours too. Another good day was enjoyed by 50+ members, combining a variety of content in two very different types of venues!

Annual General Meeting, May 2016

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Despite the bank holiday weekend, a good number of the IBO's professional membership made the trip to south west London for the AGM, held at Sacred Heart Wimbledon. The morning was spent listening to a talk by John Mander on the restoration of the Walker organ there and then a short recital by David Gammie. Following a delicious lunch, members turned their attention to the matters on the Agenda for the AGM itself, with plenty of matters discussed over the next hour or so. An afternoon walk in the sun to St Mary the Virgin was enjoyed by the group where, on arrival,  Michael Blighton talked about the new organ installed there by Mander Organs in January 2016. This was again demonstrated by David Gammie, before everyone made their way home reflecting on a well-organised day of good fellowship with colleagues in the IBO.‚Äč