Festival 2020 – Christchurch NZ

The annual Organ Music Festival will be held in Christchurch  29 May -1 June 2020

Rieger organ in Christchurch Town Hall

Each year, traditionally in the first weekend in June (Queen’s Birthday)  organ music enthusiasts from around New Zealand, and some from overseas, meet  for a festival of concerts, workshops, hands-on playing and general camaraderie.

An exciting programme is being developed for the weekend. Christchurch has many newly opened buildings (post-earthquake) with an architectural interest as well as the organs inside.  Details are forthcoming.


The programme will include a recital by Martin Setchell on the re-opened and enlarged Christchurch Town Organ.  In a break of tradition, this concert will be early afternoon on Monday 1 June.  This means you may need to stay longer in Christchurch than you are used to for previous Congresses.

Also, during the same weekend,  is the Christchurch Marathon which attracts a large number of visitors to the city. This means that accommodation and travel options will be limited – so book early, and make sure to allow for the Town Hall concert!


NZOA offers significant financial support towards travel and accommodation to students who wish to attend events such as the annual Organ Music Festival.  To be eligible the student must be a member of NZOA either directly or through one of the affiliated regional organ associations. Information will be available on this website in due course.


The annual performance competition is to be held during the weekend, in Oxford Terrace Baptist Church.  Entry forms and criteria will be posted on this website when they are confirmed.