Previous Events

See details of our previous events, including programmes, by year.

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29

APR

2020

Online Update from the OSOS Committee

The Committee of the Old Southendian Organ Society wishes to inform you that we will host an online update on Wednesday 29th April 2020, starting at 7:45pm. Arrangements for our formal Annual General Meeting are deferred until further notice, in line with guidance from the Charity Commission of England and Wales and the Government. However, the online update will cover the same set of reports from Committee members on the Society's activities, operations and finances, and offer an opportunity to ask questions of the Committee.

Full information on joining the meeting via Google Meet on your PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet app, or telephone are available here.

Reports from the Committee are available to download here.

29

APR

2020

CANCELLED - A Musical Journey with Voces Novae

UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED for the safety of our audience and performers due to the situation with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

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A mid-week recital from talented singers Voces Novae, plus music from the organ, tracing some of the best compositions from the 16th Century to the present day with music by Morley, Bach, Wood, Chilcott (and more...)!

Tickets: £5/£4 (full OSOS members). Please contact us with any queries.

23

MAR

2019

A concert at Holy Trinity Church, Rayleigh

Come for our event next Spring featuring a rich variety of music.

A mixed evening of music with violin, voice, flute, oboe, organ, and more - something for everyone to enjoy.

Proceeds to support OSOS and the Church. More details to follow nearer the concert.

Please note the change of venue for this event, due to unforeseen circumstances.

Advanced tickets: £5/£4 (students/full OSOS members/over 60s)

The programme from the evening is available here.

6

JUL

2019

Jeremy Blandford plays the War Memorial Organ

Acclaimed organist Jeremy Blandford returns to the school to give a recital on the War Memorial Organ.

To include music by Bach, Mozart, Elgar, Whitlock, and Reubke.

The evening will also offer the exclusive chance to see the organ up close, including a look inside the organ chamber to see the 1228 pipes and mechanisms that make the instrument sing!

The recital will take full advantage of the rebuilt organ's increased resources, and Jeremy's award-winning skill - a Royal College of Organists Exhibition led Jeremy from school in Southend to Cambridge, where he was Organ Scholar at Clare College and read an honours degree in music. Since then, positions in church music and education have taken him from Southampton to Norway, where he now lives. His skills as an organist, harpsichordist and accompanist have taken him across the world, with organ recitals in the U.S.A. and throughout Europe, and broadcasts on radio and television. We are delighted to be welcoming Jeremy back to Southend in July.

Tickets: £8/£7 (students/full OSOS members)

The programme from the recital is available here.

19

OCT

2019

A Southendian Autumn's Showcase

Join us for a varied concert with something for everyone: from solos on the War Memorial Organ, to music from an eclectic mix of instruments and voices. The programme includes everything from organ to trumpet, saxophone to voices, plus clarinet and piano music from composers such as J. S. Bach to Brahms, Herbie Hancock to Eric Satie, and many more.

Tickets: £7/£6 (students/full OSOS members).

The programme from the evening is available here.

14

DEC

2019

Christmas with Cantare

Award winning ladies choir Cantare will sing an enjoyable evening of festive favourites, alongside carols and music for Christmas from the organ at Southend High School for Boys, in support of the Organ Society. Also featuring the Southend High School for Boys Chamber Choir.

Tickets: £8.

The programme from the evening is available here.

19

APR

2018

A New Southendian Showcase

A first preview of the rebuilt War Memorial Organ at Southend High School for Boys, alongside an eclectic mix of musicians, instruments and voices in different styles, led by Southendian students and recent leavers.

An enjoyable evening for all tastes!

Tickets: £5/£4 (students/full OSOS members).

See this event's programme.

16

JUN

2018

Adrian Lucas plays the rebuilt organ

Come for an event not to be missed from OSOS: Adrian Lucas (OSOS President and former pupil) will be exploring the rebuilt organ at Southend High School for Boys. Internationally acclaimed as a choral director, conductor and with a wealth of experience as a virtuosic organist, Adrian's fun, engaging and enlightening performance and demonstration promises to show off the full potential of the refurbished instrument.

Refreshments will be available (cash only) from the Parents' Association - all proceeds from the interval will support the school.

A draft programme for the evening is available here.

Tickets: £10/£8 (students/full OSOS members).

Advanced reservation highly recommended to avoid disappointment

9

NOV

2018

A concert for Remembrance

A mixed evening of music from wartime and for remembrance, featuring the rebuilt War Memorial Organ at Southend High School for Boys alongside other instruments, voices and performers. Details to be revealed nearer the concert date.

Refreshments and raffle will be in support of the charities of Southend Rotary Club. Ticket sales will support OSOS.

Advanced tickets: £5/£4 (students/full OSOS members).

The programme from the evening is available here.

23

SEPT

2017

An evening of Music at St Augustine's

Another evening from OSOS showcasing a mix of talented musicians of many styles and varied instruments and voice. Held at St Augustine's, Thorpe Bay, while the War Memorial organ is refurbished and rebuilt at the school, this event will entertain those of all musical tastes with performances from Old Southendians and pupils, some lighter music and more serious items - something for everyone to enjoy. Tickets only £5, available on the door, and all are welcome.

We would be pleased to hear from anyone who would like to perform at this event. Please get in contact with any queries.

Tickets: £5/£4 (students/full OSOS members) available on the door.

See this event's programme.

16

APR

2016

Southendian Musical Showcase

An exciting evening of music from varied styles, singers and instruments: from organ to strings, classical to shows, solo & ensemble, current students & older performers.

On April 16th, come to Southend High School for Boys for an unmissable evening of entertainment from 7pm.

This event is now confirmed. Please get in contact with any queries.

Tickets: £5/£4 (students/full OSOS members).

See this event's programme.

19

NOV

2016

OSOS Winter Showcase

Yet another full evening of music from various styles, singers and instruments: from organ to song, classical to shows, with solos from current students & older performers - an event for everyone.

On November 19th, come to Southend High School for Boys for an entertaining evening of music from 7pm.

We would be pleased to hear from anyone who would like to perform at this event. Please get in contact with any queries.

Tickets: £5/£4 (students/full OSOS members).

See this event's programme.

12

SEPT

2015

An Evening's Entertainment

An eclectic mix of music, from organ to strings, classical to shows & jazz, solo & ensemble, current students & older performers.

On September 12th, come to Southend High School for Boys for an unmissable evening of entertainment from 7pm.

Tickets: £5/£4 (students/full OSOS members).

See this event's programme.

7

SEPT

2014

OSA Arts Club Evening

The Old Southendian Arts Club presents an evening of collaboration and celebration.

A light hearted evening’s entertainment showcasing the talent of some of the School’s artistically gifted former pupils, many of whom have gone on to have careers within the Arts Industry.

The first of its kind, this OSAC Showcase will be bursting with energy and impressive performances; ranging from Big Band music to Sketch Comedy to Organ Music.

From OSOS, there will be performances from Christopher Burt, Joe Zammit, Ashley Thompson and George Smith, with theatre-style entertainment music provided on the organ by Gerald Usher in the interval.

With something for everyone this relaxed and enjoyable evening on Sunday 7th September 2014 is not to be missed.

All proceeds from the evening will go towards fitting out the new Art studios at the School.

Tickets: £8. Available on the door.

24

OCT

2014

Adrian Lucas 'Organ Extravaganza'

The internationally acclaimed organist, Adrian Lucas (Tuscany, 1972 - 1979), will be returning to SHSB to perform on its iconic 91 year old organ and also meet some of the school's young musicians this October.

Having held the post of Organist and Master of the Music at the cathedrals of Norwich, Portsmouth and, finally, Worcester, where he directed the Three Choirs Festivals and the City of Birmingham Choir, Adrian is now a much sought after organ recitalist, consultant and composer/arranger, freelance musician, conductor, and broadcaster.

As President of the newly-formed Old Southendian Organ Society, Adrian is keen to help raise awareness of this finely crafted instrument to a wider public.

A performance by Adrian Lucas is no mere organ recital: his eclectic versatility across an astonishingly wide range of musical styles, all delivered with dazzling virtuosity, makes it a rewarding and entertaining evening which will linger in the memory.

Tickets: £10/5. Contact us to reserve your seats.

See this event's programme.