Chapter News

UK Young Theatre Organist of the Year (YTOY) 2018, postponed until March 2019

Due to up to eight of the anticipated entrants being unable to enter the ATOS UK YTOY this year, we have decided that to run the event with the remaining half a dozen players would not reflect the integrity that YTOY has built up over its many years.  Consequently, we have taken the decision that the competition will not run this July, but will in fact next take place in March 2019 at a venue to be announced later this year.

We are instead delighted to be presenting some of our ATOS Young Theatre Organists in a special ATOS Young Organist Gala Concert hosted by Michael Wooldridge on the Byron Jones Wizard Compton at (click on the address for a link to a map) Eden Grove Methodist Church, Bristol, BS7 0PQ at 2.30pm on Sunday 8th July 2018

Tickets are £8 (no concessions), for ticket information please call Byron Jones on
0117 949 7742 and click on the poster icon for general event information.

You can read the 2017 competition report here, and view photos of the event here

If you would like to make a contribution to help towards the costs of running this important event, please contact our treasurer Keith Reeve at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Full National (USA) Membership rates reduced

Due to the improved US$ vs UK£ exchange rate, we are able to pass on a price reduction for new or renewing Full National members.  The adult rate is now £60 per annum, and for those under 23 years it's £30.  Full details here

BBC Radio 2 "The Organist Entertains

The final edition of the programme, which was part of the BBC Radio 2 schedule since 1969, was broadcast on Tuesday 8th May.  It is currently available to hear via the BBC iPlayer Radio for about a month.

Help needed

We need help and support in the following ways:

  • Chapter trustees.  You would need to be registered as a trustee of the charity, be able to support the organisation and attend comittee meetings.
  • Woking concert set up and take down.  We would particularly welcome local people who can regularly help with this as none of the committee live in Surrey, let alone Woking!
  • Woking concert raffle.  Organise obtaining good quality prizes, sell tickets at the concerts, help with the draw and cash up at the end of the evening.

If you think you can help or wish to learn more then please contact one of the ATOS trustees who's details you can find here.

Newsletter Articles

We always welcome contributions to our Chapter Newsletter.  If you can help in any way, either with articles or photographs, please contact the editor, Peter Collett, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.