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
Our AGM and annual dinner took place at Upton Golf Club
(Chester) on Monday June 17th. At the meeting Tony Warren took
over as chairman and Katriona Moulton took over as secretary. The
meeting recorded their thanks to John and Angela Evans for their
work as chairman and secretary over the last last few years.
A new constitution was adopted at the meeting and the accounts
agreed. The programme for the 2019/20 season and the
dwindling attendance at events during 2018/9 was discussed.
Members will be asked to confirm their intended attendance at
future events in advance of the event taking place.
The programme for 2019/2020 season is now posted on the programme page of the website.
Thanks to those who responded to our request about meeting attendance.
The first three planned meetings will take place and the details
for these is given below.
Monday September 16th (note change of date from September 9th) 6:45pm – 10:00pm Presentation and discussion about Hauptwerk. (Host: Iain Stinson)
The Hauptwerk virtual organ system enables an
organ console (or keyboard) which sends midi data to play a wide range of
organs, live. The system runs on MacOS
and Windows computer systems and plays the loaded organ (usually termed
“virtual organ” or “sample set”) through an attached sound system. A wide range of virtual organs are available
for use with Hauptwerk including (from the UK) Hereford Cathedral, Salisbury
Cathedral, St Bartholomew’s Armley, St Mary le Bow London, Peterborough
Cathedral, and many organs from across the continent, the USA and Australia. By loading one of these virtual organs into
the Hauptwerk system they may be played from the attached console. Several theatre organs are also available. Have a look at the youtube video.
Haupwerk may be used as an
alternative to a “traditional” electronic / digital organ both in the home, in
churches and in concert halls. There are
also examples where Hauptwerk has been used to augment a pipe organ. The BBC has a Hauptwerk system it uses for
You are invited to come along
and hear Hauptwerk for yourself, learn a little about how it can be used and
play some of these instruments for yourself.
The meeting will take place at
our home: the address is 6 St Stephen’s Close, Heswall, Wirral, CH60 3TA. The road is a short cul-de-sac - please try
to share cars to reduce the parking requirement: please do not block the drives
of other homes in the close. You can
park on our drive (if there is room).
The meeting will take place
between 6:45pm and 10:00pm with the short talk about Hauptwerk (which will
include a demonstration of setting up a simple Hautpwerk system) starting at
7:30pm. If you come early you can play
the organ before the talk; leave when you are ready.
you have not done so already please let us know if you are coming by sending
email to firstname.lastname@example.org or
calling on 0151 342 4800.
October 2019, 7:30pm Visit to Christchurch Birkenhead to hear and play
the three manual Father Willis organ. (Host: Paul Broadhurst)
The Father Willis organ in
Christchurch Birkenhead is a very fine instrument and listed by BIOS as a Grade
1 listed instrument. Details may be
found on the NPOR. Paul Broadhurst, the organist at Christchurch
has kindly agreed to tell us all about the instrument and to demonstrate the
fine sounds of the organ. There will be
an opportunity for members to play the organ themselves.
Saturday 23rd November 12:45pm Wesley Methodist Church,
Chester. Recital played by Paul Carr (Birmingham Cathedral)
followed at around 1:45pm by an opportunity for members to play the
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 2019-20 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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