OUR ASSOCIATION

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Founded in 1964...

Founded in 1964, our Association has been thriving now for more than half a century. Membership usually numbers around seventy to eighty, but we are actively recruiting and would be delighted to welcome new members - and new ideas.

The Association is governed by constitution, ultimately controlled in practice by the whole membership, and managed (according to that mandate) by an elected committee.

Members are kept regularly informed via a Newsletter which is published every two months and by email circulars between each edition of the Newsletter. Every effort is made to involve the membership in forward planning and current organisation. Many aspects of the Association's activities (such as Education, Communications, and all major events) are administered by informal working parties with a flexible structure that can include ordinary members, committee members, and outside consultants.

We are delighted to have as our President Dr Peter Nardone, Organist and Director of Music at Worcester Cathedral.

The regular management of the Association is carried out by a committee of elected representatives, comprising professionally qualified musicians and enthusiastic amateurs - who bring other relevant expertise from their professions in education, engineering, accountancy, and other fields.

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John Erskine
Chairman

After academic training in literary criticism, culminating in research in medieval and Renaissance topics, John Erskine’s principal career was in teaching. With a life-long amateur interest in music, John likes to enjoy pieces (just as with literary texts) for their meaning. He is interested specifically in HIPP and generally in the dialogue between music and cultural history. He studies the organ locally with Hilary Norris, and in London with Daniel Moult – and attends a variety of courses, including St Andrews, LOIC, and Alkmaar. He is a member of the RCO. John acts as WOA’s facilitator for Education and Communications.

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David Allen
Treasurer

After a career in Management Accountancy in the aerospace industry, mostly in England but finally in France, David Allen took early retirement in 1996 and has acted subsequently as Treasurer to a number of smaller organisations, mostly of a charitable nature, including the Worcestershire Organists' Association since 2008. He attempted to take up the organ late in life (with, so he comments, mixed success!), and occasionally deputises at Powick Church. David is a Past Chairman of the Worcestershire Organists' Association.

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James Coupe
Secretary

Having spent a working life as a mechanical engineer in the lifting equipment industry, and chain making in particular, in retirement James Coupe continues to work as a part-time consultant and also as President of the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association. Having an organist as a father and singing in a church choir gave him a love for organ and choral music. A long-standing member of the Oldham, Rochdale and Thameside Organists' Association, he was directly involved in the restoration of the 1913 JJ Binns organ in Rochdale town hall in 1979 and was at the time on the IAO council.

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Robin Lee
Committee Member

Robin Lee’s principal career was as a school master, specialising in Classics - while also running Combined Cadet Forces. He has sung in church choirs consistently since teenage. His first organ lessons were with John Dussek, starting at the age of twelve. One of the biggest musical influences was Henry Doughty; the biggest sources of education through courses has been the RSCM – on whose local committee Robin served for some years. He has been working as a parish organist since 1976: at four Bristol churches and, more recently, at three Malvern churches (simultaneously). Robin is a Past Chairman of the Worcestershire Organists’ Association.

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Paul Carr
Committee Member

Paul Carr spends a large part of his time playing the organ. He plays between thirty and forty recitals and concerts each year, in addition to playing for services at a number of churches. Paul is Musician in Residence at Holy Trinity Wordsley, near Stourbridge, where his series ‘Sunday Afternoon Organ Music’ takes place each month. His recital series ‘Thursday Live’, hosted at St Chad’s Metropolitan Cathedral in Birmingham, began in 2008 at St Paul’s in the Jewellery Quarter, where Paul was Director of Music from 2003 until 2016. He continues to enjoy choral direction in a freelance capacity. Paul is a Past President of Birmingham Organists’ Association.

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Michael Jones
Committee Member

In 2016 Michael Jones celebrates forty-five years as a professional pianist, and freelance church organist. He is also a historian, lecturer, and musicologist: he has catalogued the manuscripts of several Midlands-based composers and is the biographer and music executor of Edgar Bainton (1880 - 1956) - of 'And I Saw a New Heaven' fame.

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David Terry
Committee Member

After a career of nearly forty years in professional accountancy and a lifelong love of music, David Terry studied organ at the Birmingham Conservatoire with David Saint, Marcus Huxley, and Daniel Moult. He graduated in 2006 and now helps out at several parishes in Worcestershire and its environs, particularly Kidderminster St George's and Worcester St George's. His favoured music is the baroque period and earlier, and he has also a particular interest in opera.

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Andrew Caskie
Committee Member

Andrew Caskie is assistant managing director of the Malvern-based organ builders Nicholson & Co. He was previously director of music at Palmerston Place Church in Edinburgh for over twelve years and is a past president of the Edinburgh Society of Organists. Andrew sings in the choir at Great Malvern Priory and in his spare time gives organ recitals around the UK.