Welcome to the website of the Jehan Alain society

The organ music of French composer Jehan Alain (1911-1940) counts amongst the most beloved and most played works of the 20st century repertoire worldwide. An important treasure of chamber music, piano music and vocal compositions remains to be discovered by the public, as well as many wonderful drawings and texts.

The Jehan Alain society owns the 4-manual, 43-stop house organ of the family, built from 1910 to 1971 by Jehan and Marie-Claire’s father, Albert Alain. This magnificent instrument has been carefully restored and can be played, heard and visited by the public in the magnificent surroundings of the former Clunysian monastery of Romainmôtier, Switzerland. We have also received the 3-manual house organ of Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, built by the Kuhn factory, and a large harmonium by Dumont-Lelièvre, which belonged to the family before the organ was built.

The duty of our society is to make these instruments accessible to the public. We organize courses, concerts and seminars, and we also keep documents and memorabilia given to the society by the close relatives of Jehan Alain. Our website is open to everybody and the organ manuscripts of the composer can be seen and studied

Latest News

7 November 2022

Interpretation course 2023

The 55th Interpretation course is scheduled from Wednesday, July 12 till Sunday, July 30. The Course for parish organists, (teachers Michel Jordan and Guy Bovet), will be from July 12 to 14 ; the Improvisation course, (Tobias Willi and Emmanuel Le Divellec), from July 16 to 22, the interpretation course, (Wolfgang Zerer and Christophe Mantoux) from July 23 to 30. Please refer to the appropriate pages of this site.
7 November 2022

General assembly 2023 of the Alain society

The General assembly 2023 will take place at Romainmôtier on Saturday, June 24. The special concert for members will be given by Viviane Loriaut, playing organ and piano works by Jehan Alain, assisted by Guy Bovet. Viviane Loriaut will give a public benefit concert in the Abbey church on Sunday, June 25, with works by J.-S. Bach and Jehan Alain.
7 November 2022

The work for protection of the organ

The work for protection of the organ against water and fire is still in progress. The authority for historical monuments has lost us more than one year with various vetos and discussions. In a meeting in October 2022 they have finally promised a solution for January 2023. We are working together with the French organ journal « Orgues nouvelles » for a new publication of Aurélie Decourt’s big book with Jehan Alain’s letters and drawings and hope to have it ready for June 2023.