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'Established in 1922 in order to encourage the art of organ playing and choir training and, in general, to foster music in churches in the North East of Scotland by means of regular meetings, courses, recitals and other events. Our membership consists of practising and retired organists from both within the Aberdeen area and further afield, along with a number of non-organists who simply have an interest in organ music.'

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'Visits to churches and organs in the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire area and further afield, with the opportunity to play and hear the organs and meet other members; Celebrity organ recitals and lectures; Recitals by our members and guests from other organist associations; Meetings with discussions on subjects of interest to organists and enthusiasts; An annual outing, visiting major organs in Cathedrals, Major City Centre Parish Churches, City Halls etc where members can play or listen to the instrument; Visits to the workshops of organ builders'

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‘We hope to cater for as many tastes as possible by promoting organ recitals and concerts, master classes, talks on organs, discussions on church music, publishers' evenings, choir workshops, social evenings and visits to interesting organs. Since 1965 we have arranged regular recitals on the historic Father Willis organ in Reading Town Hall, and we also organise a series of lower-profile recitals given by members in local churches.‘

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You do not have to be an organist or choirmaster to join the association ... Seeks to encourage and promote interest in all branches of church music. It organises an active programme of meetings including concerts, recitals, competitions, visits and social events.'

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Founded 1924: ‘Exists to promote the art of music, with particular reference to liturgical and organ music, in the Birmingham area.’

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‘Our objectives are to: Provide opportunities for members, and the general public, to broaden their knowledge of music (particularly for the organ) by arranging talks, demonstrations etc., and to experience playing on a wide range of organs by arranging visits to a variety of churches.’

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'Established to promote high standards in church music, to promote public awareness of the organ and choral repertoire, to encourage existing organists and recruit new organists, and to arrange lectures, recitals, workshops and discussions on all matters relating to organists and church music in general.'

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'Areas covered by the Association are generally south-east Dorset and south-west Hampshire. This includes Poole, Bournemouth and The New Forest. Part of the Association’s objectives are "to advance the education of the public in the study of the art of music with special reference to liturgical and organ music". A meeting is held on most months during the year, ranging from arranged talks, visits to local organs, an annual full day outing to a major venue and an Annual Dinner. In recent years, we have been pleased to enjoy trips abroad.'

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'We are a friendly musical fellowship, open to all, with a particular interest in the classical pipe organ but with meetings covering a wide range of topics, almost all with a musical flavour. Our membership encompasses all ages, abilities, interests and religious affiliations - so you are sure to meet interesting people at our meetings!'

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‘Covers the South area of East Sussex, along the coast from Eastbourne to Worthing. It welcomes all those with an interest in the organ, its music and construction, whether or not they play the instrument themselves. Meetings cover a wide range of activities, including master classes, recitals, talks, social events, help for inexperienced organists and visits to instruments of all sizes, from small one manual organs in country parishes to those in Cathedrals ... There are nine association meetings and a recital series per year in various locations in the Brighton area and further afield.’

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‘The BDOA was founded in 1934 to advance the education of the public in the study of the art of music with reference to organ music. The Association offers advice to performers, teachers, students, churchmen and members of the public concerned with improvement in standards of performance, and in playing the organ. During each year we arrange lectures, visit organs, and demonstrate the organ. Quarterly, each member receives a copy of the magazine "The Organists' Review" and the local association bulletin. They also receive on an annual basis a directory of Members, which shows organists who are available to deputise for church organists and others, and a card showing a programme of events for the year.’

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'Meets monthly throughout the year, with most meetings taking place on Saturdays. These meetings include visits to organs locally and further afield; social events like the Annual Dinner and Christmas Supper Party; and "educational" meetings to assist members in developing their expertise. Additional meetings are sometimes arranged on weekday evenings ... Several successful day-tours have been organised ...'

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'Founded in 1963, this Association exists to promote interest in the organ and organ music. Membership is open to everyone interested in the organ, whether players or not ... To achieve its objective, the association provides a monthly programme of visits to churches, and elsewhere, to play organs, holds lectures, arranges recitals and provides social functions.'

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‘We meet on alternate months on Saturday afternoons. In the winter we aim to have a meeting of an educational nature; in May we have a Cambridge consoles afternoon. Other meetings are arranged locally and through East Anglia and London.’

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'We are an association for all those who love to hear and play the organ, and enjoy choral music. We hold a variety of events including talks, recitals and often there is an opportunity for those attending to play the organs we visit ... Events are held from September to July/August at different venues within West Cheshire, Wirral, Wrexham and Mold areas, with occasional events in Flintshire, Denbighshire and Conwy Borough.'

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'CLESO is a friendly society of people who are passionate about the organ. It offers a wonderful opportunity to play and hear fantastic instruments in London, Essex and the surrounding areas, to follow restoration projects and to attend events featuring a wide variety of people from the organ world.'

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'Members consist of those who simply enjoy listening to live music in a relaxed atmosphere as well singers and performers (absolute beginners to professionals). In spite of its name, in addition to organ recitals and choral music  the Association organises performances of instrumental and vocal music including solo performances and, occasionally, illustrated talks on church music.'

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‘From the large “Father Willis” organ in Truro Cathedral, acclaimed by many of the nation's top organists to be one of the finest in the country, to the many small instruments in rural parishes, Cornwall has something to delight every lover of the King of Instruments. Add a Cornish welcome and hospitality and it's easy to see why the Cornwall Organists' Association has some of the best-attended gatherings of organists and organ enthusiasts in the country.‘

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'Encourages membership from all in the area covered by The Diocese of Coventry ... Eight or nine meetings are held per year, visiting and playing interesting local instruments, attending recitals and having talks on various aspects of organ music, organ operation, construction and history.'

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'Has members from Horsham, Crawley, Burgess Hill, and many of the villages in this area of Sussex. We welcome all those with an interest in the organ, its construction and music, whether or not they play the instrument themselves.'

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'Membership is open to anyone. We presently have about sixty members throughout Cumbria and surrounding districts, including players of all abilities from professionals to beginners, and others who do not play the organ at all but who enjoy organ music ...'

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’DDOCA membership is open to all who are interested, on payment of the appropriate annual subscription. We include among our members professional and amateur musicians of a wide range of interest in and expertise at the organ, students, and non-instrumentalists - as individuals or as a family. New members are always very welcome.‘

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‘Membership of the ESO is around 220 and we have events approximately once a month from September to June. We are affiliated to the Incorporated Association of Organists and the Scottish Federation of Organists. You don't need to be an organist to join; an interest in the organ, its music, and meeting other like minded people is what's required! If you'd like to join then please email us.’

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‘The EDOA region covers an area of Hertfordshire, Middlesex and north London roughly corresponding to the southern part of the Anglican Diocese of St Albans, and the Episcopal Areas of Edmonton and Willesden in the Anglican Diocese of London. Regardless of its handy ecclesiastical boundaries, the EDOA welcomes members from all faiths, and none.’

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‘A friendly group of both players and non-players, who meet each month in different venues in Essex and beyond, for an exciting and very broad series of meetings and events.’

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‘A friendly and mutually supportive group based in Devon UK. Our membership ranges from non-players to Cathedral organists. All are made to feel equally welcome ... We meet during the year to pursue a wide range of activities including visits to interesting organs, master classes and workshops, concerts and recitals and non-musical social events such as the annual dinner.’

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‘Established in 1911. Our membership includes organists, church musicians and those who simply enjoy organ music. There are normally five meetings per year, all of which are open to non-members, and designed to meet the Society’s objectives - the education of its members and the public in the art of music, with special reference to organ and choral music.’

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‘The Gloucestershire Organists’ Association has over a hundred members consisting of both players and non-players. Our membership includes those who play in cathedrals and large parish churches as well as smaller churches and chapels, organ enthusiasts and several organ builders ... In about ten meetings per year, we visit notable organs, some not normally accessible, both in and outside Gloucestershire. We also enjoy talks, presentations, demonstrations and recitals and an annual shared meal. Our meetings are open to anyone who wishes to come along, whether a member of the GOA or not.’

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'Hold meetings most months in the Halifax area, sometimes jointly with neighbouring associations. Meeting formats include talks, lecture-recitals, master-classes, social evenings, visits and solo recitals. We always welcome new members, and you can come along to any of our open events even without being a member!'

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'Founded in 1992 ... We currently have around 80 members and hold meetings usually once a month. These meetings take the form of visits to local organs of interest and those further afield, talks about organs and organ music, and social events ... Our membership is made up of all sorts of people interested in the organ: professional and amateur players, those who enjoy listening to organ music and those interested in the construction and sound of the organ.'

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‘Founded in 2010 to form a focus for those in the region who were interested in the organ and its music whether they be players, listeners or had an interest in the instrument, its design, structure and workings ... Meetings are held monthly, excepting December and August and over the past years have included visits to organs in the East Riding, York , North Lincolnshire, Rutland and Liverpool ... All meetings and visits are open to non-members.’

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'Consists of some 125 members spread throughout the county. The object of the Association is to promote the friendly interchange of ideas on all matters of interest to organists and choirmasters. With the exception of August and December monthly meetings are held on Saturdays and include recitals, lectures, discussions and visits to places of interest in various parts of the county and sometimes further afield ... Membership of the Association is not based on the ability to play; we welcome equally those who enjoy listening as well as those who enjoy playing.'

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‘A group of friendly people, including performers and listeners, who are interested in the thrill of the organ and its music ... We invite you to join our meetings where you will receive a very warm welcome. We can also offer help and advice to all church musicians and clergy, including deputising duties. Most important of all, we are willing to advise and support those who want to learn the organ, whatever their age. In some cases we will even consider sponsoring lessons.’

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Mission Statement: ‘To promote the love of pipe organs and all types of organ music throughout Leicester and Leicestershire region and beyond, being fully inclusive of players and non-players alike.’ Organize an annual programme of generally monthly meetings.

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‘Our region covers Lichfield and surrounding districts of South Staffordshire, South Derbyshire,and parts of the West Midlands and East Midlands adjacent to Lichfield ... The Association welcomes all those with an interest in the organ, its construction and its music, whether or not they play the instrument themselves. Our activities include regular visits to hear and play local organs, from small instruments in rural churches to large instruments in local cathedrals and town halls, visits to organ builders, organ recitals by members, our AGM, and an annual dinner.‘

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‘The LOA has 70 members across the county, and in a few cases, beyond its borders. Many are organists in churches and chapels of various denominations, possessing every level of proficiency, while others are not organists themselves but love the sound of the instrument and are keen to see the organ and organ-playing flourish in the county. We meet about once a month. Some meetings feature talks on all aspects of the organ and church music, some are visits to organs, when those who wish to get the chance to play, and some entirely social occasions such as the annual dinner ... We are always keen to welcome new members, but the help and advice we can offer is not limited to members. These days many people find themselves “volunteered” to play the organ on the basis of their being pianists. Such “reluctant organists” may know little or nothing about such things as stops, having more than one keyboard to choose from, pedals and swell pedals, yet these things are easily explained and there is probably a member of the Lincolnshire Organists’ Association living nearby who would be happy to do it.’

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’A gathering of people interested in pipe or electronic organs in the Liverpool area.’

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Founded 1913: ‘Most of our meetings take place in the Manchester area, but we also make occasional visits to interesting organs in other parts of the country, when members are often invited to play such instruments. In addition to recitals and talks by our own members and guest speakers, master-classes, and concerts of chamber and choral music also feature in our programmes. Most of our meetings are followed by refreshments and an opportunity to socialise’.

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‘The Association concentrates on the area administered by West Berkshire Council from Tilehurst in the east to Hungerford and Lambourn in the west. Within this area there are some fine examples of the organ builder's craft, and although the Association is centred on Newbury, visits are made and events organised in the surrounding towns and villages. People join the Association for a variety of reasons. Some are expert players who desire to share their knowledge and experience with others and welcome the opportunity to give lunchtime and evening recitals. Others are amateurs or beginners who want to learn more. Others still are non-players but nevertheless fascinated by the organ in all its shapes and forms, the music written for it, and the venues at which organs are found, whilst some enjoy the social side where the talk is musical and the discussion lively.’

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‘The NDSO is for young and old alike. The Society seeks to encompass all who have an interest in the organ and its music. Novice or professional, player or listener; All are welcome to share our enthusiasm for, and interest in The King Of Instruments and to join our activities. In the same way as anyone who plays football is a footballer, anyone who plays the organ is an organist. Perhaps surprisingly, only some 25% of our membership hold a permanent church appointment. So we really are open to all. Newcastle is home to a number of fine and historic organs, the works of builders like Lewis, "Father" Willis, Harrison & Harrison, Binns and others are to be found in the City's churches, schools and concert hall.’

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'The art of music as related to the organ ... We are a lively and very active Association and hold events that are informative, educational and of interest to all. Since 2002 there have been events for young people to encourage them to consider taking up the organ as an instrument. Many who attend these events have not even sat on an organ stool before!'

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Founded 1966: ‘You do not have to be an organist or choir director to belong to the NHOA. Anyone who loves the organ and its music, whether a player or not, is welcome to join. NHOA arranges visits to interesting organs in our area and has biennial visits elsewhere in the UK. And there are social and educational events including “NHOA’s Ark” where small groups get together to play in an informal environment (normally one another’s homes) and discuss problems and solutions in a friendly way ... We are keen to support young people who are interested in the organ: to that extent we have a special fund that can help with bursaries and in other ways’.

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Formed 1908: 'Our meetings still follow the basic pattem defined all those years ago, featuring regular recitals, lectures, discussions and instruction on organ and liturgical music, and all aspects of the organ, social meetings of various kinds, plus, of course, regular visits to hear and play organs of note. In recent years, the Association has received financial assistance from Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council for the promotion of a series of recitals on the fine 4 - manual Binns organ in Rochdale Town Hall, restored by J.W. Walker & Sons Ltd. in 1979. This support has enabled the Association to engage some of the top organists in the country to play for us, something which very few Associations are in a position to do’.

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‘ODOA welcomes everyone interested in pipe organs - organists, builders and listeners - so they can meet to enjoy all aspects of playing, music and building. Most, but not all of our members are players - some just have a keen interest in organs and organ music. Of our playing membership, some are professionals, but more are of moderate competence, always aiming to be just that bit better. Still others are relatively unskilled but pressed into organ playing by churches having no access to a trained organist. All are equally welcome in this very friendly mutually supportive group of like-minded people.’



‘We meet about 10 times per year - sometimes locally to hear our own members play, sometimes on “organ crawls” to explore some of the fine instruments in the local area, and at least once per year, much further afield to visit a cathedral or other large instrument. We also have local experts who can provide impartial advice to churches and clergy on all matters concerning organs and, in some cases, of their historic importance and worthiness of national recognition.‘

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‘The Association welcomes all those with an interest in the organ, its construction and its music, whether or not they play the instrument themselves. Our activities include visits to hear and play local organs, from small instruments in rural churches to large instruments in local cathedrals and town halls, visits to organ builders, organ recitals by members, educational metings and social events.’

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‘The object of the Association is to advance the education of the public in the art of music with special reference to liturgical and organ music. We hold lecture/recital and masterclasses, and arrange visits to churches and organs within striking distance of Salisbury, record evenings and social events. We also endeavour to support young organists.’

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'Formed in 1998 to foster interest in the pipe organ and its music. For the practising church organist, SEWOA can provide a strong sense of fellowship and mutual encouragement, perhaps more important now than ever before in an area where musical standards in many branches of the church seem to be under pressure. The membership of SEWOA covers a broad base, and advice is therefore available on any subject of a church organist's activities.'

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‘We are a small society of organ and organ music enthusiasts with about 60 members, mainly, but not exclusively, from South London ... Our primary activities ... involve visits to a number of churches where we are introduced to the organ, hear it being played, and get an opportunity to play it ourselves. Other activities could be talks or demonstrations. The meetings are informal and some people just come to hear the music, but it is also a marvellous opportunity to share thoughts with other like-minded people and establish contacts and broaden our general perspective.‘

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‘The Society promotes interest in organs and organ music among its members and the general public. There are around 60 members throughout Angus, Dundee, North Fife and Perthshire, including players of all abilities as well as others who do not play the organ but enjoy organ and choral music. An annual programme includes recitals, demonstrations of technique and repertoire, visits to interesting organs and social events. Membership is open to anyone who shares our interests. Non-members are welcome at all our meetings.’

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‘Formed in the 1950’s as an association of church organists and those interested in church organ music, to enable them to meet together and visit other organs in the area. A second aim has been to further the interest in church organs and organ music, and to encourage all those with similar interests to enjoy their work, and to share their experiences with others who do likewise. Visitors are most welcome to come along to our meetings, either to play or just to listen. We actively encourage members of local congregations to attend.’

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‘Ireland’s only society for those with an interest in church and organ music. Membership is open to all with an interest in church or organ music. Membership embraces a wide cross section of people from organ builders and cathedral organists to those with just a broad interest in organ and church music. Some have professional music qualifications, while many do not. The committee organises monthly meetings throughout the year (except in July, August and December) throughout Northern Ireland, or further afield. Meetings take many forms, including organ and choral workshops, lectures or master classes with visiting organists and choirmasters, debates, performances, and organ crawls around different churches in Northern Ireland.’

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‘The Association is a friendly group of people, both performers and listeners, who are interested in the organ and its music and the world of choral music. Each year we have a varied programme of events, which include lectures and workshops on aspects of organ and choral music, recitals, visits to interesting organs and social events.’

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‘Founded in 1964 ... A friendly group of people dedicated to furthering knowledge and appreciation of the organ and its music – open to all, not necessarily organists.’

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'Founded in September 1945 by Sir Edward Cuthbert Bairstow. Its founding principles were "to engage with contemporaries socially, enjoy with them the art of music making, visit other spheres of activity, enter into open discussion on all matters of mutual interest, and profit from the wisdom of those expert in the dispensation of our art in Quires and Places where they sing".'

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Founded 1913: ‘The IAO is an umbrella organisation which offers a national voice to all of its affiliated local associations. Including all of these associations the IAO comprises over 6,000 members worldwide. All people who love the organ and its music are welcome to join. Whilst many of our members are indeed organists and/or choir trainers, our wide range of programmes (many of which are arranged by our 90 affiliated associations) have a wide appeal to all.’

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‘The Organ Club was founded by the famous British organ-builder, Henry Willis III. We aim to promote public awareness and appreciation of the art and science of the organ, its players and its music. Membership is open to all who are interested in the organ and organ music, anywhere in the world. Both players and non-players are equally welcome.‘

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