Manchester Organists' Association
Manchester Organists' Association

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Upcoming Events



Saturday, 25th September 2023

Visit to The Church of The Ascension, Salford. 12.30pm - 4.00pm

The church roof and interior was destroyed by arson in 2017 but has been rebuilt.Henry Groves & Son of Nottingham have created a new organ using vintage Nicholson pipework a new Tuba on 12" wind from Booths of Leeds and using their own direct-electric action soundboards. The total of 52 stops are controlled from a 3 manual moveable low-level terraced detached console built by Renatus of Bideford.
The event includes a light lunch, and as well as the BDOA, the resident organist, Anthony Williams has invited participation by the associations in Oldham, Rochdale & Tameside, Bolton, Liverpool and Chester. This should make it a chance to catch up with friends from around N W England and perhaps to make new ones.
The church is on Ascension Road, Salford, M7 1AG and is just four minutes walk from bus stops supported by various services.


Sunday, 15th October 2023 at 4.00pm

Members Composite Recital at St George, Church, Stockport

Here is a link to the specification :  

St George’s Church is located between Buxton Road and Bramhall Lane South. Access to the church is via ‘the South Avenue’ from Buxton Road.

SatNav:  SK2 6NU


25th November 2023 at 2.00pm

Demystifying the Organ at St John's Church, Heaton Mersey


Saturday,  March 2024

Visit to Dewsbury and Pontefract.

Improvisation Class led by Nigel Allcoat at St BArtholomew's Church, Wilmslow


Saturday, April 2023

Visit to Leeds


Saturday, May 2024

Annual General Meeting followed by lunch and recital



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.

To watch the recital of winning entries performed by Marc Murray click Organ recital


 Organ Recital for MOA


MOA Organ Composition Competition -


Announcement of winners and First Performance


Organ Composition Competition

We received a great many entries for the competition, and the winning entries was  performed in recital at Albion URC, Ashton-under-Lyne by Marc Murray.


Copies will be on sale on the day at £5.00 thereafter £8.00 (plus p&p)

The entries were adjudicated by Malcolm Archer


Herewith the results

First:                Paean  (Stephen Burtonwood)

Second:           Improvisation on ‘Dream Angus’   (Simon Clarkson)

Joint third:      Toccata Primavera (John Wright)

Adagio in F  (Christopher Cotton)


The following works will be included in the publication :

  • Voluntary on the Old 117th - Simon Clarkson
  • Remembrance – Robert Cockroft
  • Ludus Contrapuctus -Thomas Muir


To order a copy, please email (£8.00 plus p&p)

Cheques & BACS payment to Manchester Organists' Association


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:


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