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Charles Wooler

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Dear all,


The following events are being put on by the NDSO over the coming weeks and months.


On Saturday 26th January there will be a masterclass on the superb new (2000) Nicholson (http://npor.emma.cam.ac.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi?Fn=Rsearch&rec_index=R00286) in Gosforth Parish Chruch of St Nicholas, Newcastle upon Tyne.


The tutor will be David Goode who as many will know is Organist and Head of Keyboard at Eton College, where he presides over a unique collection of historic instruments and teaches some of the UK's most talented young organists. He combines this with a concert career that takes him to all parts of the world. The church is easy to get to via the Metro (10 mins from Central Station).


The cost is quite modest (Members £10 (Student Members £5), Non-Members £12 (Students £6)) and there are still spaces for performers and observers are naturally welcome. We will start at 12.30 and finish at 4 with a break in the middle. The day has been structured with the aim of giving all participants as close as possible to 30 minutes on the bench.


Anyone interested in should PM me please.


On Saturday 15th March, Kevin Bowyer will present a lecture demonstartion on the music of Paul Fischer, in tandem with the composer himself. This will be from 2pm-5pm on the Harrison and Harrison (1961) (http://npor.emma.cam.ac.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi?Fn=Rsearch&rec_index=N04095) in St Thomas' Church, Haymarket which is right in the city centre. Please support this event too.


Finally, on Friday 4th April, Robert Quinney will give the society's annual celectrity recital on the organ of St George's Gateshead. This will be a superb evening: Robert as all know is a top notch player and the organ is an incredible gem. As a slight tangent, there is some doubt about which Willis built it. The church insist that it is a Father Willis, however othere "in the know" locally maintain that it was designed by Henry I and built by Henry II, making it doubly rare. Maybe David Wyld would be kind enough to look back through his files and settle the argument once and for all!

Here is its spec, it was built in 1901: http://npor.emma.cam.ac.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch...ec_index=N04202

http://npor.emma.cam.ac.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch...ec_index=N04202 the recital is at 7.30 pm, with a (very fine) spread of drinks and canapes from 6.45pm.


PM me for extra information for any of these events. If you do come, make yourself know to me. It's always good to meet "cyber friends" in the flesh for the first time!



All the best,



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