Information on Forthcoming Meetings and Events



Summer Meeting - Leicestershire, Saturday 20th July 2019

Our Summer Meeting takes us in the morning to St Mary's, Melton Mowbray where Paul Hale and Jonathan Wallace will talk about the project undertaken there by Henry Groves & Son.  This involved a complete rebuild and re-ordering of the 3-manual Hill/Walker organ, including the addition of a pedal 32ft Contra Trombone and a 5-rank Great Corneta. Following lunch in the nearby church centre, we will transfer to De Montfort Hall, Leicester, a nationally renowned venue which hosts a variety of entertainment from West End musicals, to the latest rock and pop acts, top comedians, opera and orchestra, ballet and dance and children’s shows. It is also home to a significant organ - the only surviving example of a large concert organ constructed by Leicester organ builders Stephen Taylor and Son Ltd. Richard Young will talk about the organ, Taylor's exhaust pneumatic action and the benefits of their use and there will also be the opportunity to inspect inside the organ. 



Autumn Weekend Meeting - Dublin, Friday 11th - Sunday 13th October 2019

Our Weekend Meeting take us for the first time outside the UK, to Dublin. The new organ (see picture) by Goetze & Gwynn at Trinity College has provided the impetus for this, with the two other interesting organs at Christ Church and St Patrick's Cathedrals also featuring over the course of our weekend. Our hotel is The Glenroyal in Maynooth, County Kildare (just thirty minutes from the city centre and with good transport links from the airport and into the city). Time precludes us arranging a visit, but there is also a Ruffatti organ at St Patrick's University Maynooth, for those who can extend their trip to perhaps arrange a visit. We recommend booking air and ferry travel in good time and do not anticipate a start time prior to 3.30pm at St Patrick's Cathedral on the Friday afternoon. On the Saturday a coach will take us to and from Dublin, with the customary IBO Dinner taking place at the hotel on the Saturday evening. As well as visits to Trinity College and Christ Church Cathedral during the day, lunch has been arranged at a converted church, home to a beautiful Harris organ case overlooking the restaurant. As one would imagine, Dublin has a wide choice of tourist attractions for the Sunday - the Guinness brewery being an obvious choice; if sufficient numbers of members show interest in this option, a group discount is available so do indicate this on the booking sheet. Paperwork to be distributed shortly.