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 ...


Torquay Meeting, Friday 19th October - Sunday 21st October

The weather on the English Riviera over the course of our Autumn Weekend was probably warmer than that on the 'real' Mediterranean Riviera as, once again, we were fortunate in enjoying beautiful sunshine, made all the better by the views over Torbay from the hotel's restaurant over breakfast!.

A good number of members had made the detour to Renatus' workshops in north Devon on the Friday afternoon before driving the cross-moor journey to Torquay's Imperial Hotel to check in. Saturday's visit to see and hear the new Ruffatti organ at Buckfast  Abbey was enjoyed by all and was followed by an interesting presentation by Andrew Moyes on Project Management giving food for thought, before an excellent lunch in the Abbey's Grange restaurant!

Staff at William Drake Ltd welcomed us to their workshops in the afternoon as shown in the picture here and we were pleased to welcome them as guests to our Saturday Evening Dinner, which was unfortunately very slow in being served resulting in our Guest Speaker - John Wellingham (who originally set up the John Loosemore Centre with Bill Drake in Buckfastleigh) needing to curtail his talk a little. Overall however a very successful Meeting.






Selby Meeting, Saturday 1st September

The glorious 2018 summer weather continued into September, with Selby Abbey looking magnificent in the sunshine as members gathered for tea and delicious cakes on arrival. Consultant Paul Hale and Geoffrey Coffin then shared both the talks and the demonstrations during the morning keeping the 45+ members' attention throughout. Afterwards members were able to play the organ before lunch.


Following lunch, members heard two presentations, by Stephen Lemmings and John Norman. Stephen gave a very helpful talk on aspects of blower maintenance and troubleshooting, including information on the different types of oil to use when servicing blowers and how often this should be done. John's talk tracked a chronologcial process of changes to actions from pneumatics through to electric actions. The talk lead to a fair few questions and discussion at its conclusion.

This meeting was a good example of a typical 'IBO' Meeting - a detailed talk on the organ building related issues of a project, with a demonstration working through the stop list followed by talks exploring other topics of interest to organ builders, given by well-regarded experts in their field.





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.