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.

Derek Sharples, Organist at Albion URC, Ashton-under-Lyne, is President-Elect.

There is a slight change of roles for the Seretary, Membership Secretary and Treasurer this year.  Ken Fayle remains Secretary, but also takes on the role of Data Protection Officer, while George Housley becomes Treasurer and remains as Membership Secretary.


The syllabus for 2018-19 is given below, but there are two events still to be finalised.

Confirmation of these will be updated on this website and (for members) be clarified in the regular newsletters.

Syllabus 2018 - 2019:

Saturday, 22nd September 2018 at 4.00 p.m.  (Note the time, date & venue)

St Paul's Church, Sale  (M33 7YA)

The season began with a composite recital by Association members, Simon Mercer, Ken Fayle, Edward McHale, Kevin Drury and the President, Marc Murray, providing a very wide-ranging programme of music by Pachelbel, Bach, Krebs, Saint-Saens, Bridge and Warlock.  Tea/coffee and biscuits were kindly provided afterwards in the parish hall.  Many thanks to the ladies of the parish who provided and served these, and thanks to Kevin Drury and the authorities at St Paul's who arranged for us to use the church. 


Saturday, 20th October 2018 at 2.30 p.m.  (Again, note the time date and venue) 

Bury Parish Church   (BL9 0LA)

Repertoire Day, led by the President  (large 3-manual Nicholson-restored organ)


Saturday, 3rd November 2018 at 3.00 p.m.  (Note the date and time)

St Bartholomew, Wilmslow   (SK9 3AA)

Philip Underwood demonstrates the new 3-manual York Pipe Organs instrument,

followed by open console for members and friends


Saturday, 26th January 2019 at 10.00 a.m.   (Note the time!)

St James, Didsbury  (M20 2RQ)

Master Class conducted by Christopher Stokes (Manchester Cathedral). 

(Two-manual Walker organ with mechanical action, formerly

in the Royal Northern College of Music)


Saturday, 23rd February 2019  (late afternoon time to be confirmed

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

Lecture-Recital led by the President (with the emphasis on recital!)

"Organ Music influenced by the First World War" 


Saturday, 23rd March 2019  7.30 p.m.

St Paul's Church, Sale  (M33 7YA)

President's Evening, with the Chester St Cecilia Singers 


Saturday in April:  (date & time to be confirmed)

Aftedrnoon visit to Halifax Minster  (HX1 1QL)

Four-manual Harrison and two-manual 18th-centuary organ   


Saturday, May 18th 2019 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 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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