Chester & North-East Wales Organists' & Choirmasters' Association

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We are an association for all those who love to hear and play the organ, and enjoy choral music.  

We hold a variety of events including talks, recitals and often there is an opportunity for those attending to play the organs we visit.  We arrange visits to churches, chapels and other locations in the West Cheshire, Wirral and North-East Wales to see and hear interesting instruments.  We produce a monthly newsletter with items of interest to our members. 


Our next meeting is  
on Monday October 9th will be at the Church Of the Good Shepherd in Heswall at 7:30pm  where we shall have the opportunity to play the fine two manual and pedal Rushworth and Dreaper organ.  The evening will begin with a short talk about the instrument including a demonstration; the instrument will then  be available for members to try.  The church is on Telegraph Road in Heswall near the bus station; the postcode is CH60 0AJ.  There is a Wirral council car park behind the church.  

HeswallThe Good Shepherd organ  was generously donated by William Gibbson, who along with his brother, was a greater support of the Parish of Heswall.  The organ was built in 1970 by Rushworth and Dreaper (Liverpool) with Roger Fisher, then Organist and Director of Music at Chester Cathedral, as consultant.  It was build following the neo-classical fashion of the time.  Its tone is a milder singing brilliance rather that the predominantly louder unison pitch found in many instruments built in the earlier part of the twentieth century.  In 1996 the organ was cleaned and overhauled by the builder.  The instrument is located in a shallow chamber on the north side of the chancel with the console attached.

Our November meeting will take place on Saturday November 4th from  1:30pm to  4:00pm at  Christ Church, Newtown, Chester, when   Alan Thurlow, Chairman of the British Institute of Organ Studies, will give an illustrated talk.

The  2017-18 season is our twentieth year and the programme, which is available online, includes a number of "special" activities to mark this anniversary.

Members are gently reminded that annual membership subscriptions are due on September 1st 2017.  Please send your subscription (£15) to the membership secretary as soon as possible.

If you are interesting in joining the Association you will be sure of a warm and friendly welcome. Have a look at the and look at our membership page and the
programme for 2017-18  on the website.  Membership fees are very modest and being a member will keep you informed of our events and enable you to take out a subscription to the IAO magazine, The Organist's Review, at a reduced cost.

Please consider joining the CNEWOCA today!

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