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.


Past conferences

Please click here to download the 2018 OHTA Conference Daily Schedule

Please click here to download the 2018 OHTA Conference brochure

2 – 6 October 2018

Planning is well advanced for this year’s conference. This will feature visits to the significant collection of 19th century instruments by noted English builders in NSW. There will be a concert on the famous Hill at Sydney Town Hall and a paper discussing the Hill legacy. A day will be spent in the Eastern Suburbs, and we will visit the restored Puget instrument in the chapel at Kincoppal School. Excursions to outer areas in the north and south-west of the city will highlight early settlement, with interesting churches and organs.

Historically significant organs, by the following organbuilders will be visited:

  • Thomas Atterton, Leighton Buzzard
  • Theodore Bates, Ludgate Hill
  • Bevington & Sons, London
  • J.J. Binns, Leeds
  • Bryceson Bros., London
  • William Davidson, Sydney
  • Fincham & Hobday, Adelaide
  • Forster & Andrews, Hull
  • Hill & Son, London
  • Alfred Hunter & Son, London
  • Orgues Létourneau, Ste Hyacinthe, Quebec
  • T.C. Lewis, London
  • Théodore Puget et Fils, Toulouse
  • Ronald Sharp, Sydney
  • J.W. Walker & Sons, London

The conference will include several major recitals, organ demonstrations and papers on historical

The Sydney Organ Competition will be held throughout Monday 1 October, and it is highly recommended that you arrive on Sunday so that you can attend and hear these talented young players at different venues. Details will be provided later.


Accommodation in Sydney is very expensive and it will be heavily booked at the time of the conference. We have reserved rooms at a stylish boutique hotel convenient to Central Station – 28 Hotel, 28 Regent Street. The rate for our group is $239 per night. Participants will need to book for five nights from Monday 1 to Friday 5 October. Those wishing to attend the Sydney Organ Competition should arrive early and book Sunday 30 September as well. You are advised to book early to secure a room, but note
that payment is not refundable if you cancel. (Some rooms will be held until 30 June). If you stay elsewhere you will need to join the coach at the hotel.

Procedure for Booking Accommodation:

Visit the website: (phone 02 9102 2828)

Choose dates and number of guests/Enter promotional code: ‘SUC’/Choose the room/Book and pay