The British Institute of
Organ Studies


Past Event


Magdalene College


BIOS 40th Anniversary Conference 

8-10 September 2016 

Magdalene College Cambridge 


Topics & Speakers


  • Cambridge, BIOS, and the making of history     The Revd Canon Dr Nicholas Thistlethwaite.

  • Treasures of BIOS   HOCS, HOSA, NPOR, BOA Publications etc.
  • Historic Organs - Losses and Gains   40 years of BIOS Casework
  • The work of the Church Buildings Council and its predecessor          David Knight
  • Book launch"In Search of Organs": Andrew Freeman, priest, photographer & scholar Katharine Pardee, Jim Berrow, Andrew Hayden, Christopher Kent, Nicholas Thistlethwaite
  • Recital : Trinity College Chapel: Anne Page


  • British influences on American organbuilding in the early 20th century Barbara Owen                                     
  • The Flight organ in Chile   Jose Manuel Izquierdo                                          
  • Challenges facing organ preservation in America  Laurence Libin
  • Origins of the organ reform movement in England Nicholas Prozillo  
  • Cecil Clutton  Richard Hobson                                                                              
  • The Challenges of commissioning new organs in the 1980s  Catherine Ennis
  • The Pre-Reformation chapels King's & St John's Colleges    Alex Shinn   
  • The Three new Tudor organs John Harper                                                                                                      
  • The Aesthetic appeal of imperfect work  Dominic Gwynn        
  • King's College Chapel organ Harrison & Harrison, Stephen Cleobury, Alex Shinn, Nicholas Thistlethwaite
  • 40th Anniversary Dinner Magdalene College Hall  Speaker: Dr William McVicker
  • Music Magdalene College Chapel  Alexander Hamilton


  • Norman & Beard: An organbuilding story    John Norman                             
  • The Visual Language of Case design     Didier Grassin                                        
  • The Goalposrs are always moving  John Mander
  • BIOS as an Amenity Society  Alan Thurlow
  • Panel Discussion  Maggie Hamilton (chair)



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