Manchester Organists' Association
Manchester Organists' Association

We are pleased to announce that Marc Murray, Director of Music at Bury Parish Church, has agreed to be President of the Association for the 2018-2019 Season

Syllabus 2017 - 2018:


Saturday, April 21st 2018

Half-day visit to churches in Cheshire, arranged by the secretary  

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

4.30 pm   Norley:  (WA6 8NE)   Willis - 2 manual

5.30 pm   Norley: The Tiger's Head

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

Many thanks to Ken Fayle for arranging this visit to three interesting and varied organs in delightful Cheshire villages, and also the refrehments at the Tiger's Head in Norley.  We were also blessed with a warm sunny day and beautiful views of the countryside on the journeys between the various churches.


Saturday, May 12th at 4.00 pm   (Note time and date)

All Saints , Stand  (M45 7NE)

Several M.O.A. Members availed themselves of the opportunity to play this fine Nicholson organ.  Following a light buffet, Richard Fairclough , Diurector of Music at Stand, gave a very wide-ranging recital.


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

Despite a major attraction taking place in Windsor at the same time (!), some 17 members and guests attended this event.  I should point out that we booked our date twelve months ago (before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement!).  During the AGM, Marc Murray, Director of Music at Bury Parish Church, was installed as President for 2018-2019.  


Saturday June 23rd at 1.00 pm  

Buffet Lunch in the Music Suite at Cheadle Hulme School, followed by a recital on Eric Holmes's former house organ, given by Philip Underwood.  Eric's daughters, Gillian and Jennifer, would like to know by Friday 8th June numbers of members and friends who hope to attend for catering purposes.  Contact Gill on 07530 621 476 (email or Jenny on 07500 317 456 (  


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, but Malcolm has proposed a very interesting programme.
(Arranged 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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