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

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
St PeterWe 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 enjoyable evening

Next month: St Chads Farndon Chester
St ChadWe 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
Fanrdontower, 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 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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