The organ trails proved popular this year. People turned up ready to sit down to listen rather than just walk round and go. One of our organists said he had to be careful not to play the same music at different churches as the organ enthusiasts were following him around! We timed the two recitals (both very different) at Stow to attract diners in after lunch in the Cross Keys, and it seemed to work! Perhaps my poster in the pub helped!
There were good audiences on the second weekend and our organist at Grasby said the church was full as it seems to be every year!
Part of the fun was talking to people who love organs, and some interesting discussions can arise. Also meeting by chance other organists taking the opportunity to play organs in churches normally kept locked.
At East Barkwith an organist going around with his wife played for about half an hour, ending with a mother and three young children, and a dog on a lead, enjoying "How much is that doggie in the window" and other requests!
Good to see people enjoying their church visits for many different reasons and going home happy! It really was 2 good weekends!
Liz Harris at Owmby by Spital added that their event was also a success: "Eleven on Saturday seemed to go down very well. We had quite a turn out for the recital and the organist gave us some details about what he was playing and even played one of his own works. All in all, a very successful day."