Halifax Organ Academy
The Academy aims to provide tuition and support for organists, raise the standard of
playing and the number of good players in the locality, and encourage people – especially
young people – to take up playing the organ. The HDOA is a partner in the Academy, along
with Halifax Minster, the RSCM, Calderdale Council and other groups. As of December 2014, the HOA has launched its new website (follow link above).
Incorporated Association of Organists
The IAO is a nationwide body to which local associations are affiliated. Members of the
Halifax association are also members of the IAO, and are entitled to attend the events it
organises, including the annual Congress.
The IAO publishes this quarterly journal available in paper and digital formats, by subscription or in music shops. Always a great read!
International Organ Festival at St Albans
The St Albans festival is the longest running organ festival in the world. It was founded
by Peter Hurford in 1959. At its heart are two competitions – one for interpretation and
one for improvisation – that attract entrants from throughout the world. Many winners of
the competitions have gone on to build international careers for themselves.
Want to hear a particular instrument or organist in recital? This site lists many recitals
in the UK, including ours in Halifax.
National Pipe Organ Register
Specifications for the vast majority of pipe organs in the UK, maintained by the British
Institute of Organ Studies.
Cambridge Academy of Organ Studies
Founded by Anne Page and Paul Binski, CAOS offers a week-long summer course in Cambridge, as well as occasional study days.
A useful source of organist vacancies, and more
International Music Score Library Project
The largest online collection. Includes the option of browsing by genre, such as Organ,
Organ Arrangements, and Harmonium (this is very useful for organ music for manuals only)
Sibley Music Library
Much, but not all, of this site is now incorporated into IMSLP, but it can sometimes be
quicker to download from this site than IMSLP
A French site, with a lot of modern editions.
Not as easy to navigate, but could be useful if you’re looking for music by a specific
Thanks to Chris Newton for the last four entries. If you know of any useful
websites do please let the webmaster know.