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 ...

Summer Meeting, Leatherhead & Reigate, Saturday 9th June

We assembled at St John's School Leatherhead, home to the new 3 manual organ from Kenneth Tickell & Co. which was introduced by Simon Brown and Jeff Hubbard and then ably demonstrated - at very short notice due to the resident organist being unwell - by Geoffrey Morgan; we are very grateful to him. Members were then able to play the organ and inspect within.
A short trip through the Surrey Hills took us to leafy Reigate and the Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene where the 1911 Norman & Beard organ has received a very recent comprehensive restoration at the hands of Nicholson & Co. Following a splendid lunch Andrew Caskie talked us through the work they’ve done, illustrated with before and after photos. The organ has been electrified and the opportunity has been taken to add a new mobile console whilst retaining the (little used) en fenetre one in the organ gallery. The organ was then demonstrated by church organist David Greig and then by Andrew himself. Betwen the two demonstrations, James Atherton (of Nicholson & Co.) sang one of Vaughan Williams’ 5 mystical songs “Love bad me welcome” in memory of his Nicholson colleague, Richard Kearsey, who had recently passed away.

IBO AGM - Westminster, 28 April 2018

St Matthew's Westminster was the venue for the morning, lunch and AGM. Ian Bell gave an entertaining description of how the scheme for a new organ came to fruition after the 1977 fire, before Nigel Groome, church organist, gave a fine demonstration. in 2017, during a cleaning, the organ was returned to equal temperament, having previously been tuned to Kellner. Professional members then moved into the Conference Centre for the AGM where Board appointments (Michael Farley and Eric Shepherd replacing Sebastian Meakin and Les Ross), the President’s Review, Apprenticeship Scheme update and Any Other Business were considered, before all categories of membership met for lunch. After lunch we headed for the Houses of Parliament where we all managed to pass swiftly through security into the splendid Westminster Hall from where one gains access to the spectacular chapel of St Mary Undercroft where John Norman, Joost de Boer and Tom Mahon described and demonstrated the 1999 Drake organ housed there. 


Autumn Residential Meeting, Manchester 6-8 October 2017

This weekend meeting was packed with content and variety commencing on Friday afternoon with a fascinating introduction to the world of acoustics at Salford University followed by a visit to St Philips Salford where Jonathan Scott demonstrated the organ which had been introduced by David Wood.

The key event of the weekend – the visit to the new Tickell organ at Manchester Cathedral – didn’t disappoint with over 80 members attending and, following a superb lunch, members made their way  to the Church of the Holy Name where Gordon Blackledge (David Wells Organ Builders) talked about the organ which was demonstrated by Simon Leach, Manchester University organist.​The afternoon was rounded off by a talk on wind flutter by Alan Taylor in Manchester University which provoked an informative question and answer session. In the evening we welcomed organist Daniel Moult as our after-dinner speaker whose amusing anecdotes were warmly received.  The final visit of the weekend was to the impressive Manchester Town Hall where we were welcomed by Richard Lowe as one of the last groups to visit the Cavaille Coll organ there before the Hall’s seven year £350m restoration. A double booking with a TV film crew made this visit all the more interesting too!