Cumbrian Society of Organists

Review : Members Recital at Seascale : 10 June 2023

The five members who had elected to play at the Society’s Joint Recital were made welcome at St. Cuthbert's Church, Seascale, for earlier practice sessions and on the day itself.

The recital took place on another glorious June day. Temperatures nearing 30oC were mercifully not replicated inside the church, which was a pleasant, but still warm, refuge for the audience. The historic William Hill organ performed well, despite the unaccustomedly warm temperature. All the performers managed to avoid the cunningly placed period swell lever – seemingly designed to trap an unwary performer’s right foot on the top three notes of the pedalboard. The wide-ranging and extensive programme, from 16th century to today’s composers, was appreciated by about 20 people who had ventured forth in Seascale’s near sub-Saharan conditions.

During the interval, all were treated to tea, coffee, and a range of wonderful cakes provided by Carolyn Sands (wife of Michael Sands, founder of the Rawstorne Singers). Thanks to the performers, and to those at the Church who made members so welcome. An afternoon enjoyed by all.

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St. Cuthbert's, Seascale