Manchester Organists' Association
Manchester Organists' Association

We are pleased to announce that Edward McHale has agreed to continue as  President of the Association for our 105th Season

Syllabus 2017 - 2018:


Saturday, September 30th 2017, at 7.30 p.m.

Our usual inaugural meeting at St Paul's Heatom Moor, saw four members join to give a  composite recital, everyone introducing something unknown to your webmaster!  Many thanks to Ken Fayle, Henry Johnson, Edward McHale and Marc Murray for the music, and Gordon Viney for arranging the use of St Paul's and the post-recital refreshments.l.


Saturday, October 28th 2017, at 7.30 p.m.

Geoffrey Dowling investigated the influences of English organ builders exiled to France - particularly the Dallam family, whose ancestors originated in Lancashire, John Abbey, who went to France in the 1830s, and Charles Spackman Barker, whose pneumatic lever action was very widely used in France, leading to the outstanding success of Aristide Cavaille-Coll's instruments. Illustrated with many photographs and recordings, and a list of Cavaille-Coll's work in the UK and the Dallam's instruments in Brittany.  Many thanks to Ken Howe for the arrangements and refreshments at St James', Hope.


Saturday, November 18th 2017, at 7.30 p.m.   

St Batholomew's church, Westhoughton   (BL5 2BG) 

President's Evening

Edward McHale, Director of Music and Churchwarden at Westhoughton Parish Church, presented a wide-ranging programme which was appreciated by Association members and several members of St Bartholomew's congregation.


Thursday, January 25th, 2018  (note the revised date and time!!!!)

Visit to Manchester Cathedral 6.30 pm (immediately after 5.30 Choral Evensong)

A chance to hear and play the new 78-stop Kenneth Tickell organ.  Our visit will be hostel by Geoffrey Woollatt, assistant organist at the cathedral.  Because of the change of date, it has not been possible to arrange visits to any other town centre organs.


Saturday, February 24th 2018, at 7.30 p.m.

Albion United Reformed Church, Ashton-under-Lyne   (OL6 6QQ) 

Andrew Dean is recuperating from major surgery and is unable to play on this date.  He has agreed to play instead during the 2018-2019 Season, and we wish him a speedy recovery.

However, we still hope to have a recital at Albion on February 24th, and an alternative recitalist is currently being sought.  Details should appear here in the next few days.

In association with Albion U.R.C.


Saturday, March 10th 2018, at 7.30 p.m.   (note the date!)

St Paul's Church, Sale

Concert by the St Cecilia Singers of Chester, directed by Marc Murray (President-Elect)


Saturday, April 21st 2018,   (note the date!)

Day visit to churches in Cheshire, arranged by the secretary  

Frodsham: St Lawrence  (WA6 7DU)   J J Binns - 3 manual

Norley:  (WA6 8NE)   Willis - 2 manual

Tarvin:  St Andrew  (CH3 8EB)   Nicholson & Lord 2-Manual

Including a bar meal at a local hostelry, for those who wish!  (further details to follow)


Saturday, May 12th, at 4,00 p,m,   (Note time and date)

All Saints , Stand  (M45 7NE)

M.O.A. Members are once again invited to play this fine Nicholson organ. 

Followed bya light buffet, and a recital by Richard Fairclough at 7.00 p.m.


Saturday, May 19th 2018, at 12.30 p.m.

Alma Lodge hotel, Buxton Road, Stockport   (SK2 6FL)

Annual General Meeting; followed by the Annual Lunch at 1.30

Further details to follow


Saturday, July  7th 2018, at 7.30 p.m.

Albion United Reformed Church, Ashton-under-Lyne

A celebrity recital by Malcolm Archer of Winchester College: further details to follow.
(In association with Albion U.R.C.


Further information about meetings, and details of any changes to the Syllabus will be published here as soon as they are available, and are also included in our regular Newsletters.

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