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.

MOA Organ Composition Competition - 2021


Manchester Organists’ Association announces its first organ music composition contest, searching for five to seven winning entries to be published in a Manchester Organists’ Anthology. Compositions should not exceed five minutes in length, should be playable by organists of moderate training and ability, and should be usable for church as well as concert or recital. For more details email The Secretary or download a PDF below.


Organ Composition Information and Application Form
MOA Composition Competition 2021.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [164.6 KB]

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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