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To all members:

I am very sorry to report the death of Eric Holmes on the weekend of 26th August.  He had been ill for some time, with several lengthy terms in hospital.  Eric, his late wife Pat, and his brother Cyril, were all members and staunch supporters of the Association, and Eric was our Treasurer for many years, and a good friend to all our members.  In recent years, though unable to attend evening meetings, he generously hosted committee meetings in his own home.  Our sympathy is extended to Eric's daughters Gillian & Jenny and his grandsons, and to Cyril.  Eric's funeral took place on Saturday, 23rd September, at St Wilfrid's Church Northenden, aand it was good to see a good representation of past and present members.   


In due course, Gillian and Jenny would be glad to know of any member who can find a home for Eric's home organ (an extension pipe organ of two manuals and pedals)

Other local events:

Bolton Parish Church

Saturday recitals at 11.00 a.m.

June 10th: David Leigh  (St Patrick's National Cathedral, Dublin)

This recital has been postponed due to David having suffered an accident.

A revised date will be posted here as soon as it has been confirmed.

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)

October 14th - Simon Hogan  (Southwell Cathedral)

Annual recital in aid of the Brereton Memorial Fund, which provides financial assistance for the training expenses of young organists. 

January 13th - Christopher Stokes  (Manchester Cathedral)

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

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

St Thomas, Mellor, near Marple (The Church on the Hill) -  SK6 5LX

Bach at Twilight recitals, given by Andrew Dean

Saturday 14th october at 6.00 pm

Saturday 11th November at 4.00 pm

Saturday 9th December at 3.30 pm 

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



A Challen 4'4" baby grand, restrung and refurbished in 2016, is for sale.  The present owner, Anthony Williams, can be contacted by email or pnone as below., or 0161 705 0650 / mobile 07388 407085 


St Wilfrid, Mobberley, Cheshire

Organist and Choirmaster/mistress required for the parish church iof this large village.

Keen SATB robed choir;   3-manual Phoenix electronic organ.

Two sunday services and weekly choir practice

Remuneration within RSCM guidelines, plus wedding and funeral fees as required.

Enquiries to the Revd.Canon Ian blay  (01565873218)  e-mail

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