We usually have one event every month except August (when many people are away) and December (when most organists are occupied with extra services).
In a typical year . . .
. . . we organise:
~ A visit to Exeter Cathedral for members to play the cathedral organ (usually January)
~ A quiz night with bring-and-share supper in a local pub (usually February)
~ Two or three organ crawls, usually in the south west
~ The AGM followed by a pub lunch (usually May)
~ The President's Evening (usually June) - this might, for instance, be a concert by a visiting organist or choir and usually involves refreshments. In 2020 the evening was to have been a supper cruise on the Exe Estuary. This is now rescheduled for 2021
~ A talk or lecture, illustrated at the organ (Andrew Millington, The organ music of Edward Elgar (2018); Andrew Millington, The organ music of Herbert Howells (2019); Peter King, English organ music 1920-2020 to mark the association's centenary in 2020
~ In some years there is a residential trip
~ Annual Dinner with guest speaker (usually November) - recent speakers have included David Halls, Timothy Noon, Peter King, Canon Christopher Palmer, David Owen Norris
Annual dinner at The Ruffwell Inn
EDOA Centenary Year 2020
We hope to reschedule the Association's centenary organ recital in Exeter Cathedral given by Thomas Trotter.
The concert will include the premiere of a new work Defeating Lucifer by Thomas Hewitt-Jones, commissioned by the association.
The association will also be publishing A Devon Organ Book containing organ music by local composers.
In the last few years . . .
. . . we have organised organ crawls to:
~ Taunton (St John the Evangelist - Fr Willis; Holy Trinity - Hill; St James - Hill/Minns)
~ Buckfast Abbey - Fratelli Ruffatti, and Totnes St Mary - Fr Willis
~ Truro (2018) (Launceston St Mary - Hele/Walker; Launceston Methodist - Compton; Newquay St Michael - Griffin & Stroud/Hele/Lance Foy; Cubert - Fr Willis; Truro Methodist - Brindley & Foster/Lance Foy; Truro School - Mander; Truro Cathedral - Fr Willis)
A trip to the West Midlands was planned for 2020 but was cancelled due to the corona virus crisis (Tamworth St Editha - Harrison & Harrison; Lichfield Cathedral - Hill/Harrison; Walsall St Matthew - Walker; Darlaston Town Hall - Binns; Wolverhampton St John - Walker; St Peter - Willis/Michael Farley; Birmingham Cathedral of St Philip - Nicholson; Birmingham Cathedral of St Chad - Walker)