The Incorporated Association of Organists (IAO) annual Music Festival will this year take place in Bath from July 24-29.
The Association President Peter King, Director of Music at Bath Abbey, has broadened the scope of the Festival to include several non-organ events as well as a discussion headed by the Archdeacon of Bath and the Chairman of the DAC.
One of the purposes of that discussion will be to explore ways of trying to resolve tensions between the retention of pipe organs and increasing demand for space for crèches, offices, meeting rooms, toilets etc.
There will also be a Festival Choir for those attending, directed by Huw Williams, the Director of Music of HM Chapel Royal, and a Masterclass led by Jeremy Filsell who has an international reputation as one of the leading organists working today.
The Festival will include visits to Salisbury and Wells Cathedrals as well as a choral concert by the Cardiff based Chamber Choir Cantemus, and an orchestral concert including works by Elgar, Poulenc, Respighi and Tchaikovsky.
The Rt Rev Peter Hancock, Bishop of Bath and Wells, is encouraging parish and diocesan organists to attend, describing the festival as ‘a wonderful opportunity for church organists to hear playing of world class, to be on the receiving end of first class choral training, to take part in topical discussion, to broaden their horizons and to meet kindred spirits.’
Full details of the festival and how to book can be seen at http://iao.org.uk/festival/