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Following so closely after the death of Ronnie Gee, I very much regret to inform members and friends of the death on January 3rd of another long-standing member of our Association, Philip Holt, a former President, who for many years has been Organist and Choirmaster at St Matthew's, Stretford, and was a personal friend of mine for 65 years. He will be missed greatly by many, and we extend our condolences to his sister and her family. Philip's funeral will be held at St Matthew's (adjacent to Stretford Shopping Precinct) on Wednesday 1st February at 11 a.m., and I hope a good number of M.O.A. members will be able to join in supporting his family and friends.
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 the organ 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 other instrument.
Meetings of the Association normally take place on the last Saturday of each month from September to April, though there may be additional meetings outside this period and on other days of the week. An Annual Lunch, with guest speaker, is usually held in May.
Most of our meetings take place in the Manchester area, but we also make occasional visits to interesting organs in other parts of the country, when members are often invited to play such instruments. 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. Most of our meetings are followed by refreshments and an opportunity to socialise.
Most of our members live or work within the Cities of Manchester and Salford, and the boroughs of Stockport and Trafford, though we also have a number of members who live further afield.
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 all our members are entitled to receive the IAO's excellent magazine Organists' Review at reduced rates.
If these activities interest you, why not come along to one of regular meetings as a guest: naturally, we hope that you would want to become a member.
Membership of the Association is by annual subscription, renewable each Septemebr at the start of the new Season. Details of membership rates are listed below:-
|Student in full-time education||FREE|
|Joint (with spouse or partner)||£23.00|
Contact our Membership Secretary for further information, and an application form:
Mr George Housley - Tel: 01204 526211
In the 2016-2017 Season, we have so far welcomed these new members:
Dr Laura Anderson, Peter Fayle, Eileen Jones, Gillian Oatley, Jackie Reed and Danny Robins
Events Secretary and Treasurer:
Mr Ken Fayle, 41 School Bank, Norley, FRODSHAM, Cheshire WA6 8NW
Tel: 01928 788 986 (mobile: 07711 058835)
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