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.
Details about the first three meeting of the 2019/20 season - further details will follow.
Monday September 16th (note change of date from September 9th) 7:00pm 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, many organs from across the continent, the USA and
Australia) and by loading one of these into the computer system they
may be played from the attached console. A number of theatre
organs are also available. 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. Advanced
registration is essential for this meeting.
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
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
It was agreed at the AGM that the
meetings would only take place if sufficient members indicated that
they would try and attend them. Members are therefore requested
to let the Secretary know by the middle of August which of the first three meetings they expect to attend by one of the following ways:
Please note that
if insufficient people tell us that they are planning on coming to a
meeting – then the meeting may be cancelled.
- Click here to complete a simple form to indicate which meetings you intend to attend.
- Sending email to the Secretary say which meetings you expect to attend.
- Sending a note by post to the Secretary saying which meetings you intend to attend.
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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