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. Contributions for the newsletter and event listings are most welcome - please send them to email@example.com.
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 are asked to make every efffort to attend meetings.
The programme for 2019/2020 season is now posted on the programme page of the website.
Please note the correction of the venue for the meeting on Monday 24th February.
Highfield United Reform Church Rock Ferry - Monday 24th February 2020
are to visit Highfield United Reform Church Rock Ferry on Monday 24th
February starting at 7:30pm. The church is located on the corner of
Rock Lane West and Highfield South, Rock Ferry, Wirral, CH42 2NZ.
The church is a listed Grade II building, built as a Congregationalist
church in 1870-71. It is faced in white Storeton stone with an
impressive tower and spire and inside it has some fine high Victorian
stained glass windows. The organ is a Willis organ rebuilt by
Rushworth and Dreaper in 1962. The specification of the two manual and
pedal organ may be found here.
Two organists will demonstrate the instrument for us. Chris
Whitfield will play in classical/church style and David Nichols will
entertain us in the theatre/cinema style. The organ will then be
available for members to try out in their style! This should be a very
Next month: St Chads Farndon Chester
are to visit St Chads Farndon on Monday March 30th starting at 7:30pm
to see and play the organ in the church. The Association’s
General Secretary, Katriona Moulton, has kindly offered to host this
meeting and we hope many members will come along.
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
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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