A Selection of Past Meetings


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


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

When we considered a visit to Dublin two potential drawbacks were considered - Brexit and the likelihood of rain in Ireland. Fortunately, the stars aligned and the Brexit date was postponed to 31st October and the sun shone in Dublin - when apparently in mainland Britain the heavens opened! 
The image shows Trevor Crowe describing the Willis organ (rebuilt by Walkers) at St Patrick's Cathedral, on the Friday afternoon where we also enjoyed Evensong and an organ recital. Saturday morning took us to Trinity College where Dominic Gwynn introduced the 2017 Goetze & Gwynn organ housed within the original Samuel Green case in the beautiful Public Theatre. A stroll across the Liffey via the Ha'Penny Bridge took us to The Church restaurant (home to a Renatus Harris case) for lunch, after which we enjoyed another walk to Christ Church cathedral where David McElderry presented the Kenneth Jones organ. The day was rounded off in the Chapel Royal, Dublin Castle, home to a wonderful organ case.Our after-dinner speaker was Gerard Gillen former Titular Organist at Dublin's St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral/former Head of Music at Maynooth University. See https://www.flickr.com/photos/czeslawlad/sets/72157711517787037/ for more photos.


Summer Meeting, Leicestershire, Saturday 20th July 2019

The weather held fair for our Summer Meeting which took us firstly to St Mary's, Melton Mowbray where Paul Hale and Jonathan Wallace delivered a talk about the project undertaken there by Henry Groves & Son.  The work 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 Cornet. Following a very good lunch - which of course included a Melton Mowbray pork pie - in the Samworth Centre nearby, we negotiated our way through the Leicester roadworks arriving at  De Montfort Hall, Leicester, which was exclusively ours for the afternoon. The Hall is 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 gave a detailed talk about the history of the hall, the organ and Taylor's exhaust pneumatic action, following which its curator, Dr William McVicker expanded on Taylor's influences in developing the action and demonstrated the organ, following which members took full advantage of the opportunity to inspect inside the organ.






Annual General Meeting, Saturday 11th May 2019 - King's College London

A good number of members assembled in the chapel at King's College , London to listen firstly to Mander Organs' Michael Blighton describe the work to the organ there and secondly to Joseph Fort (College Organist) exploring the sounds of the organ by department, rounding off with a short recital. Members then had the opportunity to inspect inside the organ before lunch.

Professional Members gathered after lunch for the formal Annual and Ordinary General Meetings where Simon Brown and John Davey were elected to sit on the Board replacing Abigail Balfour-Rowley and Michael Blighton who were both thanked for their efforts and the President was also re-elected for a second two-year term. The President delivered his Review of the past year and forthcoming plans followed by discussions concerning the Apprenticeship Scheme (likely to commence September) and the ballot on mandatory census completion (result to follow).Subscribing members joined again afterwards for an informative talk by Andrew Moyes on designing quiet wind systems, covering the various factors influencing this. Members were grateful to Andrew for his talk, requesting that it be written up in a forthcoming Newsletter.