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.

Regional OHTA Events 2022


Upcoming conferences



30 September – 3 October

The NSW Directors of the Organ Historical Trust of Australia (OHTA) have arranged an “in person” mini-conference in Sydney over the long weekend in September-October this year.  During the weekend OHTA plans to hear, see and play notable organs by Fincham, Forster & Andrews, Gern, Gray & Davison, Hill & Son, Hill, Norman & Beard, Rendall and Walcker.  Few of these instruments have been visited by OHTA or the Organ Music Society of Sydney (OMSS) in recent years.

Participants are invited to attend the scheduled lunch-time recital at St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Macquarie Street, Sydney, on Friday 30 September from 1.10pm, featuring Mark Quarmby.  Following the recital (for which a note donation is customary), two other organs in the city will be visited. On Saturday 1 October the conference bus will leave Central Station (at the western concourse upstairs near the bell tower) at 8:45 am and will return at around 5:15 pm, after visiting five organs in the south-eastern suburbs, including Kingsford, Maroubra, Randwick and Coogee.

On Sunday 2 October the bus will leave Central Station at 1:15pm, returning at 5.45pm, after visiting three organs in the inner suburbs.  A recital in memory of Ray Holland, who was a director and honorary life member of OHTA, will be given by Kurt Ison at All Saints’ Anglican Church, Woollahra.

On Monday 3 October participants will have the opportunity to attend the Sydney Organ Competition with organs by organs by Letourneau, Holroyd & Edwards and Norman & Beard.  OHTA is most grateful to the OMSS for welcoming conference participants to join this event at OMSS member rates. (Note: no bus has been organised for the day). No meals or accommodation are included in the registration fee.  It is recommended that participants from outside Sydney book their own accommodation in the area around Central Station, where there is a good range of hotels offering competitive online rates.  Meal breaks will occur after visits to churches located close to cafes and restaurants.  Two afternoon teas will be included.

Full Registration is $120.  (This fee includes use of the bus on Saturday and Sunday, attendance on those days and the Friday afternoon, as well as a conference booklet). The day rate for Friday afternoon is $20, Saturday $70 (including bus) and Sunday afternoon $50 (also including bus). Registration is now open via “Try Booking”. Click this link or copy it into your browser: A further link is available on the OMSS website ( organ recitals concert diary.

Those seeking more information should contact Kelvin Hastie at or via the contact page on the OHTA website: (