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.

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.

Monday 14th 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 organ themselves.

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:
  1. Click here to complete a simple form  to indicate which meetings you intend to attend. 
  2. Sending email to the Secretary  say which meetings you expect to attend.
  3. Sending a note by post to the Secretary saying which meetings you intend to attend.
Please note that if insufficient people tell us that they are planning on coming to a meeting – then the meeting may be cancelled.

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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