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.

Manchester Organists' Association is affiliated to the Incorporated Association of Organists, and is a registered charity.  Our syllabus for the 2018-2019 Season can be found on the SYLLABUS page.  Other organ events in Manchester and the surrounding area may be found on the NOTICEBOARD 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.

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.  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 meetings are followed by refreshments and an opportunity to socialise.
Many of our members live or work within the cities of Manchester and Salford, and the adjacent 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 members are entitled to receive the IAO's excellent 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 type   Rate
Revised rates to be detailed here soon  
Joint (with spouse or partner)  
Full time Students  

Contact our Membership Secretary for further information, and an application form:
Mr George Housley - Tel: 01204 526211

Trerasurer and Data Protection Officer:
Mr Ken Fayle, 41 School Bank, Norley, FRODSHAM, Cheshire WA6 8NW
Tel: 01928 788 986 (mobile: 07711 058835)


During the 2017-2018 Season we welcomed these new members:

Frank Poole and Paul Roberts

We are located at:


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