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.

Thanks to those who responded to our request about meeting attendance.  The first three planned meetings will take place and the details for these is given below.

Monday September 16th  (note change of date from September 9th)  
6:45pm – 10:00pm  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 hwrange 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, and many organs from across the continent, the USA and Australia.  By loading one of these virtual organs into the Hauptwerk system they may be played from the attached console.  Several theatre organs are also available.   Have a look at the youtube video.

Haupwerk may be used as an alternative to a “traditional” electronic / digital organ both in the home, in churches and in concert halls.  There are also examples where Hauptwerk has been used to augment a pipe organ.  The BBC has a Hauptwerk system it uses for some broadcasts.

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. 

The meeting will take place at our home: the address is 6 St Stephen’s Close, Heswall, Wirral, CH60 3TA.  The road is a short cul-de-sac - please try to share cars to reduce the parking requirement: please do not block the drives of other homes in the close.  You can park on our drive (if there is room).

The meeting will take place between 6:45pm and 10:00pm with the short talk about Hauptwerk (which will include a demonstration of setting up a simple Hautpwerk system) starting at 7:30pm.  If you come early you can play the organ before the talk; leave when you are ready.

If you have not done so already please let us know if you are coming by sending email to or calling on 0151 342 4800.


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.

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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