CLESO exists for those who have a passion for the organ and its music in the City of London, East London and Essex. Everyone is welcome to join us including organists, those who enjoy listening to organ music, or people who would just like to support the organ world in our area.
Our aims are to encourage those with an interest in the organ - especially the young, to promote musical activities relating to the organ, and to build a social network of organists and those who support the organ.
We arrange a series of events throughout the year. These include concerts, training activities, visits to organs of interest, and events where members and friends can meet socially. We also help to promote other musical events connected with the organ and church music in our area.
Our president is Catherine Ennis and our current chairman is David Bird.
An introduction from our President
CLESO is a friendly society of people who are passionate about the organ. It offers a wonderful opportunity to play and hear fantastic instruments in London, Essex and the surrounding areas, to follow restoration projects and to attend events featuring a wide variety of people from the organ world.
We always welcome new members of any age, including players of all levels of experience and people who appreciate the organ as an amazing musical instrument.
The organ is a whole orchestra in one with a huge range of sound that makes it so versatile for both religious music and as a concert instrument. It is a masterpiece of musicality, engineering and craftsmanship.
It's vital that we enthuse people to enjoy and promote the organ. CLESO does a great job in furthering this aim in London, so I am proud to add my support as the Society's president and I encourage you to join and add your support too.
Catherine Ennis, CLESO President
To review the rules of the Society, please click here.
To join CLESO, click here.
Our paper leaflet and application form can also be used to apply for membership and to hand to people who you think might be interested in joining CLESO, or for promoting the Society in churches or at events.
Click here for The CLESO Prayer written by Rev’d Canon David Parrott from St Lawrence Jewry and presented to CLESO at our 2010 AGM.
CLESO is affiliated to The Incorporated Association of Organists - the national body covering all matters connected with the Organ. Its magazine, the Organists’ Review, is published quarterly and contains articles of general interest on organs and music and also news of other organ association events throughout Britain. Members are encouraged to subscribe to this journal which is offered at a reduced rate. New members of CLESO will receive a complimentary copy.