Chester & North-East Wales Organists' & Choirmasters' Association

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Welcome!

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.

Monday 14th October 2019, 7:30pm Visit to Christchurch Birkenhead to hear and play the three manual Father Willis organ. (Host: Paul Broadhurst)
caseThe organ was originally built in 1860 as a two manual instrument installed in the West Gallery.  In 1881 Henry Willis moved the organ to the south side of the chancel and in 1888 added the Choir organ. Sometime between 1888 and 1925 a Vox Humana stop was added (not by Willis). The organ was cleaned and overhauled in 1926 and 1948 by Willis and in 1977 by Rushworth and Dreaper.   The organ has been awarded a BIOS Historic Organ certificate (Grade I). Details of the organ may be found on the NPOR
Paul Broadhurst, the organist at Christ Church 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.
The address of the church is Christ Church, Bessborough Road, Oxton, Birkenhead, Wirral. CH43 5RW.  There is on-street parking near the church.
Please tell Katriona, that you intend to attend if you haven't informed her already. 


Saturday  23rd November 12:45pm  
pictureOn Saturday 23rd November we shall attend the recital at the Wesley Methodist Church,  St John Street, Chester (CH1 1DA) at 12:45pm which is being given by Paul Carr (Birmingham Cathedral).  After the recital members will be able to examine and play the organ themselves. The organ is a three manual and pedal instrument built in 1926 by J.J. Binns (Leeds) and renovated in 2000 by David Wells (Liverpool). The organ has a BIOS Historic Organ Certificate (Grade II).  Details may be found on the NPOR




welshThere will also be an opportunity to visit the Welsh Presbyterian Church, also in St John Street, and examine and play the organ there.


Two fine organs at one meeting – a treat not to be missed!  . Please tell Katriona, that you intend to attend if you haven't informed her already. 





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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