The Surrey Organists’ Association was founded in 1928 and is one of many similar local organisations across the UK, who welcome all those with an interest in the organ, whether or not they play the instrument themselves. We have an annual programme consisting of workshops, 'outreach' events for pianists, visits to different styles of organs, both near to us and further afield, a members’ recital and a dinner.
Our 'outreach' events and our Organ Student Scheme are designed to attract pianists to play the organ. We also aim to encourage more people to enjoy listening to the organ.
Our workshops and visits offer education about the organ, organ-playing and organ repertoire and training relating to the church organist's job. Students and observers of all ages are welcome!
We are also aware of the need for individual support for church organists, both through discussion in the workshops and on visits and through our Individual Support programme.
While organs are usually situated in churches and we sometimes work with other organisations connected to church music, the Association is not connected with any denomination and welcomes members of any faith and none.
Our membership is drawn mainly from those living in the west of the county, Guildford being our ‘centre of gravity’.
The Association is affiliated to the Incorporated Association of Organists (IAO) which gives members access to the services and activities of the IAO, including a reduced rate subscription to their excellent quarterly magazine Organists’ Review.
Our programme is arranged by the president for the year, supported by the Association’s officers and committee. The principal point of contact is our Secretary, see How To Join.
The Surrey Organists’ Association is a registered charity No 270666