Manchester Organists' Association
Manchester Organists' Association

Jackie Reed, has agreed to remain President for the 2023/4 season. Alan Beadie becomes President-elect.


Marc Murray, Director of Music at Bury Parish Church, remains as Secretary of the Association.


Ken Fayle remains Treasurer, with the additional role of Data Protection Officer, while George Housley remains Membership Secretary.


Confirmation of the syllabus arrangements will be updated on this website regularly and also in the regular newsletters to members.

Syllabus 2023 - 2024:

Saturday, 25th September 2023

Visit to The Church of The Ascension, Salford. 12.30pm - 4.00pm

The church roof and interior was destroyed by arson in 2017 but has been rebuilt.Henry Groves & Son of Nottingham have created a new organ using vintage Nicholson pipework a new Tuba on 12" wind from Booths of Leeds and using their own direct-electric action soundboards. The total of 52 stops are controlled from a 3 manual moveable low-level terraced detached console built by Renatus of Bideford.
The event includes a light lunch, and as well as the BDOA, the resident organist, Anthony Williams has invited participation by the associations in Oldham, Rochdale & Tameside, Bolton, Liverpool and Chester. This should make it a chance to catch up with friends from around N W England and perhaps to make new ones.
The church is on Ascension Road, Salford, M7 1AG and is just four minutes walk from bus stops supported by various services.


Sunday, 15th October 2023 at 4.00pm

Members Composite Recital at St George, Church, Stockport

Here is a link to the specification :  

St George’s Church is located between Buxton Road and Bramhall Lane South. Access to the church is via ‘the South Avenue’ from Buxton Road.

SatNav:  SK2 6NU


25th November 2023 at 2.00pm

Demystifying the Organ at St John's Church, Heaton Mersey


Saturday, 20th January 2024 at 2.00pm

Open Console at St Martin’s Church, Low Marple, SK6 5DT

If you have purchased some of those lovely new organ books over the last few months, why not play the pieces in these volumes.

There are no repertoire demands for this event or indeed our February event.


Saturday, 10th February 2024 Open Console

11.30am              Heaton Park Methodist Church, M25 1JA

Lunch at a local venue

2.00pm                 St Margaret’s Church, Prestwich, M25 1AN


Saturday, 2nd March 2024 – Improvisation Class.

Darius Batiwalla leads an Improvisation Class which is not limited to : extension of a hymn (eg Offertory hymn), variations on a hymn, free improvisation or improvisation on a given theme, or fanfares.


Saturday, April 2023

Visit to Leeds


Saturday, May 2024

Annual General Meeting followed by lunch and recital



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