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
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.
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
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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