John Maidment is chairman and the co-founder of the Organ Historical Trust of Australia. He has researched and written widely on the history of pipe organs in Australia and has compiled gazetteers of organs in Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales. He has also acted as an advisor for the restoration of many significant organs in Australia and in New Zealand.
John Maidment was also a co-author of the National Trust of Australia's book Victorian Churches and has a wide knowledge of church architecture, fittings and history. He was awarded the medal of the Order of Australia in 1999 for his contribution to heritage conservation.
His tours of churches in the Hamilton area have been a popular event in previous festivals.