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I am very sorry to have to record the death of Honorary Life Member Wilfrid Cross, at the age of 97.  The funeral will be on Thursday 25th January at the new chapel, Southern Cemetery, on Barlow Moor Road at 1.30 p.m.   Wilf's family will be glad to see any MOA members at the funeral.   (This is the same day as our visit to Manchester Cathedral, but that is not until 6.30, so there should be plenty of time to attend both.) 


Further to a previous notice, it now seems likely that Eric Holmes house organ will be going to Cheadle Hulme School early in the New Year, where it will mainly be used for teaching and practice purposes.

Other local events:

Bolton Parish Church

Tuesday lunchtime recitals from the second week of Easter until July.

Saturday morning recitals will be announced here as soon as the dates are known.


Bury Parish Church
Lunchtime concerts every Friday at 12.30 commencing September 8th
A variety of instrumental or vocal soloists and instrumental ensembles
Admission £5.00
Light lunches (soup & sandwiches) available in the Blackburne Hall from 11.30

Chester Cathedral

Thursdays at 1.05 p.m. every week (unless Christmas Day falls on a Thursday!)
Organ recitals by resident or visiting organists.
Admission £4

Hanley:  Victoria Hall  (ST1 3AD)

To be advised.

Manchester City Centre:  St Ann's Church

Tuesdays at 1.00 p.m. from September

Organ recitals by Simon Passmore (Director of Music) and invited guest recitalists.

Rochdale Town Hall

Recitals on the celebrated four-manual J.J.Binns organ - Saturdays at Noon.

(Arranged by the Oldham, Rochdale & Tameside Organists' Association

January 13th - Christopher Stokes  (Manchester Cathedral)

May 10th - Rachel Mahon  (assistant, Chester Cathedral)

May 12th - Kemp English   (International concert organist, new Zealand)

Wilmslow:  St Bartholomew's Church

Celebrating the new three-manual organ built by York Pipe Organs.

Saturdays at 3.00 p.m.

10th March:  Roger Fisher  (Organist Emeritus, Chester Cathedral)

21st April:    Donald MacKenzie  (The Odeon, Leicester Square) 

Sundays at 4.00 p.m..

6th May:      George Herbert

13th May:    Philip Underwood  (in memory of Eric Holmes)  

20th May:    Peter Johnson

27th May:     Geoffrey Coffin  (York)

3rd June:      David Oldfield

10th, 17th & 24th June:      Philip Underwood  

Autumn Organfest:  Saturdays at 7.30 p.m.

29th September:   Graham Eccles  (North Wales)

6th October:          Michael Overbury

13th October:        Neil Taylor

Fridays at 1.15 p.m.:

2nd February; 2nd March; 6th April and 4th May

40 minute recitals by Philip Underwood, demonstrating the organ in a variety of guises! 

Sales promotions!

A history of "The Organs of Bolton Parish Church" (by our web-master) was published in 2015 and was very favourably reviewed in the Organ Club magazine.  It is available at Association meetings and recitals at Bolton Parish Church for £3.50.  (or £4.75 including postage from the webmaster: phone or email for details) 

The Scott Brothers Duo have re-mastered a number of their you-tube clips and put them on DVD. Organ solos, organ & piano, piano duets, piano & harmonium and harmonium solo.
Music by Albeniz, J S Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Guilmant, Liszt, Rossini and Saint-Saens.
Organs featured: The Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), Albion U.R.C. (Ashton-under-Lyne) and Bolton Parish Church.
Price £9.99 - see for further information



St Mary, Nether Alderley

Organist and Choirmaster/mistress required for the historic parish church of this rural community, and also at the daughter church of St Catherine, Birtles.

St Mary's has a two manual Hill organ recently completely overhauled and up-dated by Principal Pipe Organs of York.  The organ at Birtles is a two maunual Conacher of 1909.

Contact the Revd Jon Hale, The Recory, Church Lane, Congleton Road, Nether Alderley SK10 4TW for further details and an application pack.


St Matthew, Stretford

St Matthew's are still looking for a permanent Organist/Choirtrainer to succeed the late Philip Holt.  Contact details to follow.

We are located at:


Manchester Organists' Association

Geoffrey Dowling at:


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