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. Contributions for the newsletter and event listings are most welcome - please send them to  The newsletter for April 2020 has been posted to members.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, we have postponed all of our planned events for now.  Once things become clearer, we shall publish our plans on the website and in a newsletter.  

We have set up an email list which we shall use to keep members up to date with the Association, particularly during the current situation.  We would encourage all members who use the Internet to join this list.  To subscribe to this list please click here.  

Your personal data will be handled according to our Data Privacy Policy and not shared with any third party.  Data collected by this form will only be used to send you emails about CNEWOCA and its activities. The list service is provided by Mailchimp.

Future meetings
The programme for 2019/2020 season is  posted on the programme page of the website though all of the events are presently postponed and new dates will be set at some point in the future.

St Chad's Farndon Chester
The Association’s General Secretary, Katriona Moulton, has kindly offered to host this meeting and we hope many members will come along.  We look forward to our visit when things are back to “normal”.
A church was present on the site at the time of the survey for the Domesday Book; the present church dates from the 14th century – it was damaged during the civil war and, apart from the tower, rebuilt in 1658 by William Barnston.  It was restored in the 19th Century.

The church website,  has an interesting history of the building.

The organ at St Chad’s was installed by Jardine Organs in 1947(?) and is still maintained by them.  The disposition of the organ is: Swell: Cornopean 8, Mixture II, Gemshorn 4, Viola da Gamba 8, Open Diapason 8,  Voix Celeste 8, Lieblich Gedackt 8, Tremulant; Great: Trumpet 8, Fifteenth 2,  Principal 4, Clarabella 8, Dulciana 8, Open Diapason 8; Pedal: Bourdon 16, Flute 8; Couplers Sw Oct,  Sw Sub, Sw to Grt, Sw to Ped, Grt to Ped.

The address of the church is Church Lane, Farndon Chester CH3 6QD.

St Mary’s, Coleshill St., Flint
We have postponed our visit to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, known as St Mary’s, Coleshill Street in Flint, CH6 5BQ .

The organ was built around 1900 by Peter Conacher and was installed in St Mary’s in 1989 by Arthur Jones (ex Walkers).  It was restored by Neiland & Creane of Wexford, Ireland in 2017 (

Our, chairman Tony Warren, will introduce the organ to us and there will be an opportunity for members to play the instrument for themselves.

Ystym, Colwyn Hall
At the kind invitation of Dr Malcom Clarke, we have being invited to visit Ystym, Colwyn Hall, Near Welshpool, SY22 6BN.

There are three instruments to see hear and play: The fine Peter CollinsWe are very fortunate to have been invited to visit.  Advanced registration for the meeting will be required once we can give you a date. 

We hope friends will be willing to share transport to Colwyn Hall. organ in Dr Clarke’s home, an 18th century instrument in the local church and another organ in the stable block.  

We will be looking at a date and venue for our AGM once the current situation returns to normal.

Organ Music from Chester Cathedral

The Thursday Organ Recitals at Chester Cathedral are presently “paused” because of the Coronavirus pandemic. 

In order to continue this important programme of organ music (one of the longest continuous recital series in the world), the Cathedral will release a short programme of organ music recorded by the cathedral organists, Philip Rushforth, Andrew Wyatt and Alex Palotal, on YouTube each Thursday at 1:10pm. 

Do join them at this virtual recital! on the  Chester Cathedral Choir and Organ YouTube channel

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 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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