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.
October 2019, 7:30pm Visit to Christchurch Birkenhead to hear and play
the three manual Father Willis organ. (Host: Paul Broadhurst)
organ was originally built in 1860 as a two manual instrument installed
in the West Gallery. In 1881 Henry Willis moved the organ to the
south side of the chancel and in 1888 added the Choir organ. Sometime
between 1888 and 1925 a Vox Humana stop was added (not by Willis). The
organ was cleaned and overhauled in 1926 and 1948 by Willis and in 1977
by Rushworth and Dreaper. The organ has been awarded a BIOS
Historic Organ certificate (Grade I). Details of the organ may be found
on the NPOR
Paul Broadhurst, the organist at Christ Church 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
The address of the church is Christ Church, Bessborough Road, Oxton,
Birkenhead, Wirral. CH43 5RW. There is on-street parking near the
Please tell Katriona, that you intend to attend if you haven't informed her already.
Saturday 23rd November 12:45pm
Saturday 23rd November we shall attend the recital at the Wesley
Methodist Church, St John Street, Chester (CH1 1DA) at 12:45pm
which is being given by Paul Carr (Birmingham Cathedral). After
the recital members will be able to examine and play the organ
themselves. The organ is a three manual and pedal instrument built in
1926 by J.J. Binns (Leeds) and renovated in 2000 by David Wells
(Liverpool). The organ has a BIOS Historic Organ Certificate (Grade
II). Details may be found on the NPOR
will also be an opportunity to visit the Welsh Presbyterian Church,
also in St John Street, and examine and play the organ there.
Two fine organs at one meeting – a treat not to be missed! . Please tell Katriona, that you intend to attend if you haven't informed her already.
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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