ANNUAL meetings of any kind can be dull. But in recent times our association meetings have held a little more interest than just business and the election of officers.
And the most recent, held for the first time at Lockwood Baptist Church, proved to be an interesting evening, not least for the election as secretary of radio journalist Rowen Morton-Gledhill who has been a member for just a short time.
But the evening quickly turned to musical performance when Louise Marsh, assistant organist of Wakefield Cathedral, played and sang with persuasive and disarming informality.
She put the 1901 Conacher through its paces, struggling a little with its heavy, original tracker action, but showing off its tonal resource effectively with Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, the Chorale in A Minor of Cesar Franck, some Brahms, the Canon in B minor of Schumann and the Toccata from Boellmann's Suite Gothique.
We hadn't heard her sing before, though, and here was a special delight. She charmed us with her light, clear tones and accurate runs in Handel's Hark, the Echoing Air, with Solvieg's Song (Grieg) and with some Schuber lieder, including the ever-lovely Heidenroslein. Geoffrey Lockwood accompanied with his usual care at the piano and the musicians were thanked by president, Robert Cockroft.