FOR organists, the parish church of St Bartholomew, Marsden, holds a magic and mystery unique to the area.
Its allure is partly explained by the aristocratic Binns organ and its intimate relationship with its surroundings.
It is partly explained by the warm resonance provided by this long and lofty building, by the evocative aroma of incense, the compelling sense of the numinous.
Those who recall our meeting there last July, will know that the sense of mystery seems to deepen as summer twilight gives way to the encircling gloom.
Few will forget Douglas Bell's performance of Howells given only by the flickering light of candles and the distant glow of the organ loft lamp.
There is another chance to experience the fusion of atmosphere and music-making at our meeting there on Friday, July 11.
Douglas Bell's title for the evening is A Pageant of Ps and Pies. It would be unfair to reveal the secret of so enticing and elliptical a title, but it will take the form of a recital of less familiar repertoire. Douglas will introduce it in his inimitable manner and, after a supper featuring award-winning pies in the vestry there will be more music by candlelight as darkness falls.
Afterwards, members may repair to the village's own pub-brewery, just a few hundred yards away. So make a diary note now of this important event.