We are very grateful that Marc Murray, Director of Music at Bury Parish Church, and President of the Association in the 2018-2019 Season, has agreed to take on the role of Association Secretary.
Derek Sharples, Organist at Albion URC, Ashton-under-Lyne, was installed as President at the Annual General Meeting in May 2019.
Kevin Drury has agreed to be President-Elect (i.e. President for the 2020-2021 Season).
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.
Saturday, 18th January 2.30 pm
Lancastrian Theatre Organ Trust, Alexandra Road, Peel Green, Eccles M30 7HJ
Around fourteen members and friends participated in this visit. After an introductary talk by David Alldred, several members took the opportunity to sample the two-manual/six rank Wurlitzer and the three-manual/eleven rank Compton, both originally in cinemas in the Manchester area.
Saturday, 29th February 2.00 -4.00 pm
Halifax Minster (St John the Baptist)
A group of around ten members and friends enjoyed the visit to Halifax Minster, and particularly the delicate sounds of the 1772 Snetzler, and the Edwardian tones of the
four-manual Harrison & Harrison of 1929, with its commanding Tuba! Several members took the opportunity to sample both instruments. Our thanks to Professor David Baker for giving us the history of both instruments and demonstrating them superbly
Due to the restrictions placed upon the country with regard to the coronavirus, all the other meetings planned for this season are cancelled.
Some of them may re-appear in a future Season. We are not alone in this, and I suspect most IAO affiliated Associations will be similarly affected. The Organ Club, and the British Institute of Organ Studies have also cancelled all events. I have not yet heard whether the IAO will have to abndon the Edinburgh Music Week, but I suspect this will almost certainly be the case.