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Don’t forget the regular Christchurch Health Walks, taking place every Monday (except Bank Holidays), Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. See the programme here. They are also listed on each date until April.

All Thursday Organ Recitals at the Priory are also listed below.

Here is the programme for the Christchurch Regent Centre.
There are a lot of events, so they are not listed below.

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SUNDAY, 26 January –


MONDAY, 27 January  – 10am-11am
Holocaust Memorial on the Quomps – Holocaust Memorial Day


MONDAY, 27 January  – 10.30am
Highcliffe Library – Christchurch Health Walk


TUESDAY, 28 January – 10.30am
Saxon Square – Christchurch Health Walk


WEDNESDAY, 29 January – 10.45am
Sandpiper Pub, Mudeford – Christchurch Health Walk


THURSDAY, 30 January – 12.30pm-1.15pm
Christchurch Priory – Lunchtime Organ Recital. Free, retiring collection

Organist this week: Geoffrey Morgan, Christchurch Priory

His first post as a church organist was at the age of 13, and he was playing concerts at the Royal Albert Hall by the age of 21. He has worked at Westminster Abbey, where he performed at the 1986 Royal Wedding, and became Visiting Professor of Organ at Yale University in the USA.

He has been involved in many recordings and BBC broadcasts and his solo CD ‘English Contrasts’ (recorded at Guildford Cathedral) received a five-star category in Choir and Organ. YouTube recording


FRIDAY, 31 January  – 10.15am
Highcliffe Castle Cafe – Christchurch Health Walk


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TUESDAY, 4 February – 10.30am
Saxon Square – Christchurch Health Walk


WEDNESDAY, 5 February – 10am
Globe Inn, Highcliffe – Short (15-30 min) Christchurch Health Walk


WEDNESDAY, 5 February – 10.45am
Sandpiper Pub, Mudeford – Christchurch Health Walk


THURSDAY, 6 February – 12.30pm-1.15pm
Christchurch Priory – Lunchtime Organ Recital. Free, retiring collection

Organist this week: Timothy Byram-Wigfield (London)

Following study at the Royal College of Music as organist, pianist and violist, Timothy  became organ scholar at Christ Church, Oxford, sub-organist at Winchester Cathedral, and becoming Master of the Music at St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh (Episcopal) in 1991. In 1999 he took up the new post of Director of Music at Jesus College, Cambridge and in 2004 was appointed Director of Music at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. From 1993–1998 he trained the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus and from 1999 he was Conductor of the Northampton Bach Choir. In 2008 he became Associate Conductor of the Oxford Bach Choir.

He also teaches the organ and the piano at Eton College. YouTube recording


FRIDAY, 7 February –


SATURDAY, 8 February – 7.30pm
Christchurch Priory – Concert

Beethoven: Coriolan Overture / Choral Fantasy / 9th Symphony
Performed by Magna Sinfonia

See the poster  // Book tickets // See Magna Sinfonia’s Website // Hear them in rehearsal


SUNDAY, 9 February –


MONDAY, 10 February –


TUESDAY, 11 February – 10.30am
Saxon Square – Christchurch Health Walk


WEDNESDAY, 12 February – 10am
Globe Inn, Highcliffe – Short (15-30 min) Christchurch Health Walk


WEDNESDAY, 12 February – 10.45am
Sandpiper Pub, Mudeford – Christchurch Health Walk


THURSDAY, 13 February 12.30pm-1.15pm
Christchurch Priory – Lunchtime Organ Recital. Free, retiring collection

Organist this week: Oliver Hancock, St Mary’s Warwick

Organ Scholar at Jesus College, Oxford, he was one of the first students to take the MMus in Choral Studies degree at Cambridge in 2010. From 2008 to 2012, Oliver was Assistant Organist to Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir. For the academic year 2011-12, he was also Graduate Organ Scholar at Selwyn College, Cambridge, recording a CD of music by Alan Bullard – ‘Wondrous Cross’ (Regent Records) – and undertaking a tour of the East coast of the USA, where venues included St Thomas 5th Avenue and the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York, and the National Cathedral in Washington DC.

At Warwick, Oliver is responsible for the musical life of St Mary’s Church, training and conducting the choirs of boys, girls, and men in services and concerts both in Warwick and further afield. He directs the Church’s choral society ‘Collegium’, and is Choral Director at King’s High School, Warwick’s independent girls’ school. Much more of his history can be read here.


FRIDAY, 14 February –


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TUESDAY, 18 February – 10.30am
Saxon Square – Christchurch Health Walk


WEDNESDAY, 19 February – 10am
Globe Inn, Highcliffe – Short (15-30 min) Christchurch Health Walk


WEDNESDAY, 19 February – 10.45am
Sandpiper Pub, Mudeford – Christchurch Health Walk


THURSDAY, 20 February – 10.45am
Tuckton/Wick (Wick Lane Car Park) -Extra Christchurch Health Walk


THURSDAY, 20 February – 12.30pm-1.15pm
Christchurch Priory – Lunchtime Organ Recital. Free, retiring collection

Organist this week: Tim Wakerell (New College Oxford)

Timothy studied organ at the Royal College of Music, London, gaining distinctions in both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.  He won all the major prizes for organ performance and also held scholarships supported by a Ruth Dyson and Edgar Cook award and a John Lewis partnership award.  In 2011 Timothy won Second Prize at the Carl Nielsen International Organ Competition in Odense, Denmark.

He has performed recitals throughout the UK, as well as Germany, Switzerland and Sweden. Recently he completed the premiere recording of the 2012 William Drake Organ in the OBE Chapel of St Paul’s Cathedral, featuring works by J.S. Bach, Buxtehude, Saint-Saëns and Sweelinck. This is distributed by Priory Records.

Timothy is an experienced accompanist and performs with choirs such as Aurora Nova, the City of Oxford Choir and Excalibur Voices.  Teaching is an important part of his work and he teaches organ at Westminster School. He has held positions at Southwark Cathedral, St Pancras Parish Church and the Royal Hospital Chelsea, and has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 several times.

There is a short YouTube video here (around 30 seconds)


FRIDAY, 21 February –


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TUESDAY, 25 February – 10.30am
Saxon Square – Christchurch Health Walk


WEDNESDAY, 26 February – 10am
Globe Inn, Highcliffe – Short (15-30 min) Christchurch Health Walk


WEDNESDAY, 26 February – 10.45am
Sandpiper Pub, Mudeford – Christchurch Health Walk


THURSDAY, 27 February – 12.30pm-1.15pm
Christchurch Priory – Lunchtime Organ Recital. Free, retiring collection

Organist this week: Simon Earl (Christchurch Priory)

Simon is Director of Music at The Priory since early 2015. He has a BA (Hons) in Music from Newcastle, and is also an ARCO – Associate of the Royal College of Organists. At The Priory he is responsible for training, recruiting and developing the choirs of boys, girls and adults.

In 2017 he took the choirs on their first international tour, singing in and around Venice, and in particular for Mass at St Mark’s Basilica, Venice. Here is an information page about him, with lots more information, and even a picture! Watch this rather fun video


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SUNDAY, 1 March –


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TUESDAY, 3 March – 10.30am
Saxon Square – Christchurch Health Walk


WEDNESDAY, 4 March – 10am
Globe Inn, Highcliffe – Short (15-30 min) Christchurch Health Walk


WEDNESDAY, 4 March – 10.45am
Sandpiper Pub, Mudeford – Christchurch Health Walk


THURSDAY, 5 March – 12.30pm-1.15pm
Christchurch Priory – Lunchtime Organ Recital. Free, retiring collection

Organist this week: Simon Hogan (Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford)

Click the image to see his profile. Here is some information – there is much more on that page.

Simon Hogan  graduated with first class honours in organ performance from the Royal College of Music in 2012. He has held posts at St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol Cathedral, Salisbury Cathedral, Ealing Abbey, St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, King’s College London, St Paul’s Cathedral, Southwell Minster and Christ Church Cathedral Oxford. As a conductor, he has recorded several CDs, most recently with the Southwell Minster Girls’ Choir. He has led several international tours and has broadcast on BBC radio both as conductor and organist.

Simon is a frequent recitalist, and he is the principal organist for JAM, an organisation which commissions and performs new music for brass, organ and choir by leading contemporary composers, and in February begins as organist for the Cathedral Singers of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.


FRIDAY, 6 March –


SATURDAY, 7 March – 7pm
Christchurch Priory – History Taly

Dr Sam Willis & Professor James Daybell – Histories of the Unexpected
There is a video link below. However, search for Histories of the Unexpected and there are dozens.

See the poster  // Book tickets // See Their Website // Get an idea from this Video (scroll through)


SUNDAY, 8 March –


MONDAY, 9 March –


TUESDAY, 10 March – 10.30am
Saxon Square – Christchurch Health Walk


WEDNESDAY, 11 March – 10am
Globe Inn, Highcliffe – Short (15-30 min) Christchurch Health Walk


WEDNESDAY, 11 March – 10.45am
Sandpiper Pub, Mudeford – Christchurch Health Walk


WEDNESDAY, 5 February – 10am
Globe Inn, Highcliffe – Short (15-30 min) Christchurch Health Walk


THURSDAY, 12 March – 12.30pm-1.15pm
Christchurch Priory – Lunchtime Organ Recital. Free, retiring collection

Organist this week: Martyn Noble, Christchurch Priory

Martyn has completed the LRSM  (Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music) and the ARCO (Associate of the Royal College of Organists) diplomas in organ performance. In 2015 Martyn gained a first class Bachelor of Music degree from the Royal College of Music, London and in recent years has appeared live on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and has recorded choral CD’s for Priory and Signum Records.

He has a variety of roles, including accompanying on the piano. He has accompanied for professors and students at the Royal College and Royal Academies of Music, the Royal College of Music’s Chorus and for the British Isles Music Festival which took place in Charterhouse School, Godalming. He has also played for the UK tour of ‘Miss Saigon’ at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford and the Theatre Royals in Plymouth and Norwich.

Each year he also plays for ClassicFM’s broadcast of Carols from Buckingham Palace which airs immediately after H.M. The Queen’s speech on Christmas Day.

See his page on the Royal College of Music website and a breathtaking video here.


FRIDAY, 13 March –


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MONDAY, 16 March –


TUESDAY, 17 March – 10.30am
Saxon Square – Christchurch Health Walk


WEDNESDAY, 18 March – 10am
Globe Inn, Highcliffe – Short (15-30 min) Christchurch Health Walk


WEDNESDAY, 18 March – 10.45am
Sandpiper Pub, Mudeford – Christchurch Health Walk


THURSDAY, 19 March -10.45am
Stanpit Marsh Car Park -Extra Christchurch Health Walk


THURSDAY, 19 March – 12.30pm-1.15pm
Christchurch Priory – Lunchtime Organ Recital. Free, retiring collection

Organist this week: Sam Hanson

Sam Hanson was born locally in Poole in 1985, and took up the organ in 1995. In January 2003 achieved the Associateship of the Royal College of Organists (ARCO) with the highest marks in the organ playing section for candidates less than 19 years of age.

He graduated in music from Jesus College, Cambridge in 2008. Whilst there he held the position of organ scholar, a position which he also previously held at Salisbury Cathedral. He is also an Associate of the Royal College of Organists (ARCO).

Sam has performed in Westminster Abbey, Winchester Cathedral, Salisbury Cathedral & Wimborne Minster amongst others, as well as accompanying for BBC Young Musician of the Year and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.


FRIDAY, 20 March –


SATURDAY, 21 March –


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MONDAY, 23 March –


TUESDAY, 24 March – 10.30am
Saxon Square – Christchurch Health Walk


WEDNESDAY, 25 March – 10am
Globe Inn, Highcliffe – Short (15-30 min) Christchurch Health Walk


WEDNESDAY, 25 March – 10.45am
Sandpiper Pub, Mudeford – Christchurch Health Walk


THURSDAY, 26 March – 12.30pm-1.15pm
Christchurch Priory – Lunchtime Organ Recital. Free, retiring collection

Organist this week: Hugh Morris (Director, Royal School of Church Music)

I am afraid I have been unable to find many biographical details. However, I hope you will enjoy this article from the Daily Mirror (yes, really), which includes a version of Prince’s Purple Rain.


FRIDAY, 27 March –


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TUESDAY, 31 March – 10.30am
Saxon Square – Christchurch Health Walk


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WEDNESDAY, 1 April –


THURSDAY, 2 April – 12.30pm-1.15pm
Christchurch Priory – Lunchtime Organ Recital. Free, retiring collection

Organist this week: Ben Bloor, Brompton Oratory

Ben is currently the Organist of the Brompton Oratory, School Organist at Westminster School, and a freelance musician based in London. He has held positions at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, New College, Oxford, and Derby, Rochester and Westminster Cathedrals.

He recently completed his time as an undergraduate at the University of Oxford, graduating with a First Class Honours BA degree in Music. Ben is an active recitalist up and down the country and is much in demand as both a solo performer and accompanist.

Here is his website, and here is a page of him playing no fewer than eight different pieces.


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SUNDAY, 19 April – 10.30am-12.30pm
Friars Cliff – Beach Clean

Meet at Groyne H5. Bags and pickers provided.
See the brief report on the previous one (12 January) // See their Facebook page


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