Welcome to MIFOH, celebrating the Melbourne International Festival of Organ and Harpsichord. The festival ran from 1971 – 2003 and held an important place in the musical life of Melbourne, Australia. In these pages, you will find a history, theses, old MIFOH programs and some images.

50th anniversary commemorative concert

Saturday 15 May 2021 at 5.00 pm

Church of All Nations, Palmerston Street, Carlton, Victoria


On this exact date in 1971, the very first concert of the Festival took place, given by Sergio de Pieri, its founder, at St Patrick’s Cathedral.  Annual Festivals took place until 2001, when it was disbanded.  At its height, leading performers came from around the world to play at the Festival, students arrived from throughout Australia and New Zealand to participate in masterclasses and teaching sessions, new compositions were commissioned and new harpsichords and organs were showcased.  The social camaraderie was legendary and many young musicians who attended moved on to remarkable careers.


Four of the players who performed in the 1971 Festival will be heard at this concert:


  • JOHN MALLINSON – organ
  • ANN MURPHY – harpsichord
  • TERRY NORMAN – organ

The church has a very rare and intact George Fincham organ from 1877/1886 that was fully restored in 1992 by the South Island Organ Company Ltd.


Admission to the concert will be by payment of $20.00 cash at the door.   This is to cover hiring costs and the printing of a programme.


The concert, with some speeches, is likely to last about one and a half hours and afterwards you may like to eat at a Lygon Street restaurant.  The University Café is recommended but an advance booking would be necessary – phone 9247 2142.


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Notification of your intention to attend the concert is essential by Friday 7 May to record COVID-compliant details and allow for spaced seating (both required by the venue) and programme printing.