OHTA 2018 Conference

Each year the Organ Historical Trust of Australia organises a conference lasting about a week in one of the states of Australia. Conferences have also been held on both islands of New Zealand. These conferences bring organists and those interested in the instrument together from all over Australia, as well as New Zealand, the UK, the USA, Asia and Europe. Often, an international authority on the history and restoration of historic organs attends as a key-note speaker. Past guests have included Uwe Pape (Germany), Barbara Owen (USA) and Stephen Bicknell (UK). Opportunities are provided for recitals on historic and instruments. Members often have time to play and inspect the instruments for themselves and papers on the preservation of organs and other relevant topics are presented and later published in OHTA News.

Upcoming conferences

  • 2021 Auckland, NEW ZEALAND


Past conferences


St Patrick’s Basilica, Fremantle

Fremantle: Gateway to the West
Monday 28 September to Friday 2 October

The OHTA WA 2020 Conference focuses on organs and organ builders whose work is demonstrated in the Fremantle, Perth and Avon Valley region of Western Australia. There will be the opportunity to explore the beauty of the region’s undulating countryside and marvellous coastline, while also sampling the many gastronomic and viticultural delights that abound in the area.

We will visit significant instruments by Bellsham Pipe Organs, K B Blank & Zoon, François Delhumeau, J E Dodd, J E Dodd & Sons, Gunstar Organ Works, P J Elms & Co, A Fuller, Hill & Son, P F Hufner, L Kirkham , F J Larner, A Monk, A Pease, Pipe Organs WA Pty. Ltd., K Smenge, South Island Organ Company, JW Walker & Sons, E Wragg and Wurlitzer Company.

The programme will include a number of organ recitals, demonstrations, papers, a cruise on the Swan River, a visit to the spectacular Swan Bells (Perth Bell Tower) and the York Motor Museum.

Book online with credit card at or download the Brochure for more information, including how to book via cheque and direct debit.

Email with any enquiries.

Download the 2020 Conference Brochure