On Saturday October 11th at 2 p.m, about thirty members and friends gathered in All Saints’ Church, Cheltenham for the GOA Chairman’s afternoon. Ken Stephens gave a fascinating talk on the organ music of William Lloyd Webber. We thank Ken for his through research and for giving us insight into the neglected world of the father of Julien and Sir Andrew. The talk was illustrated by a number of pieces of “Billy’s” organ music ably played by Cameron Luke on the four manual Hill organ in All Saints. Attractive early works included works based on hymn tunes and carols and pieces from a collection for manuals only including a perky traditional Trumpet Minuet. The music concluded with a meaty Chorale, Cantilena and Finale. A useful addition to the talk was a handout containing a complete list of L W’s organ music with his publishers.
The talk ended with a surprise item, a Christmas Pastorale by Bertram Louard Selby, played by Mike Eddy.
During and following the delicious tea, some members helped themselves to the organ which was on very good form for the afternoon.
Photos courtesy of Phillip Wells.