Manchester Organists' Association
Manchester Organists' Association

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You may contact our webmaster via the e-mail address on the left, or contact our membership secretary on 01204 526211 to get in touch.

Welcome to the revised website for Manchester Organists' Association. Find out about the Association by scrolling down for a brief history, the area we cover, and a summary of our activities.

Our next Event :

16 October at 2.30pm. A visit to St Chad's Church, Withington, Manchester, M20 4WH. The organ has recently been rebuilt.


20th November at 2.00pm

Demystifying the Organ

An introduction to the organ, aimed at pianists. 

Email here

St Paul’s Church, 15 Springfield Rd, Sale M33 7YA


Our programme for the year 2021/2 will be published on the SYLLABUS page in September.  Any alterations to the syllabus as printed in the membership card will be advertised on the SYLLABUS page, and as usual, other local events and vacancies are listed on the NOTICES page.

About the Association

Manchester Organists' Association was founded in 1913 with the primary object of promoting the appreciation and study of music in general, and organ music in particular.  The founding President was the organist of Manchester Cathedral at that time, Sir Sydney Nicholson. Membership is open to anyone in sympathy with these aims, whether or not they play the organ (or any instrument).
Meetings of the Association normally take place on a Saturday of each month between September and April (except for December), though there may be additional meetings outside this period and on other days of the week.  An Annual Lunch for members and friends is held in May following the Annual General Meeting.
As the majority of our members live or work in the cities of Manchester and Salford, or adjacent boroughs, most of our meetings take place in the Manchester area, but we also make occasional playing visits to interesting organs in other parts of the country.

In addition to recitals and talks by our own members and guest speakers, master-classes, and concerts of chamber and choral music also feature in our programmes.  Meetings are usually followed by refreshments and an opportunity to socialise.
Membership is free to full time students, as we are particularly keen to encourage interest in the organ among young people, and are willing to arrange additional events for their particular needs.  Our newsletter, which appears at least three times a year, gives details of these and other local musical events of interest to members.  We are affiliated to the Incorporated Association of Organists and members are entitled to receive the IAO's excellent quarterly magazine Organists' Review at reduced rates.
If any of these activities interest you, why not come along to one of our regular meetings as a guest: the current Season's meetings are listed on the Syllabus page.  We are always ready to welcome new members.

Membership of the Association is by annual subscription, renewable each September at the start of the new Season.  Details of current membership rates are listed below:-


Membership categories:               Rates:

Single                                             £20

  Joint  (with spouse or partner)          £30
  Students in full-time education          Free
  Honorary Life Members                     Free

Mr Marc Murray - Tel: 07503 728 491   email:

Treasurer and Data Protection Officer:
Mr Ken Fayle, 41 School Bank, Norley, FRODSHAM, Cheshire WA6 8NW
Tel: 01928 788 986 (mobile: 07711 058 835)

Membership Secretary:

Mr George Housley - Tel: 01204 526 211


During the current Season we welcomed these new members:

Dr Keith Harrington, Mr Tim Harvey

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