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 newsletter  with items of interest to our members and details of our events.   Printed copies of the newsletter are mailed to our members and made available online.  

The January 2022 edition of our newsletter has been published.

Contributions for the newsletter and event listings are most welcome - please send them to

If you are interesting in joining the Association you will be sure of a warm and friendly welcome. Have a  look at our membership page.  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!

Future Events

Saturday 22nd January 2:00pm – 4:00pm  Quiz and social time together.
Our Lady of the Rosary, Buckley CH7 2AF

Come along and relax and join our quiz.  It will help that long month of January pass more quickly.

Buckley The quiz will be run by our honorary secretary Katriona Moulton, assisted by her husband Raymond.  The quiz questions will be mostly organ and choral music related, but with some general knowledge thrown in.  Some questions are aimed at the layman, but with the chance to win bonus points if you know more.  The quiz will be on screen and will include pictures, sound clips and video clips. Additional interesting details will be added as we go through the answers.

Sadly, due to Covid-19 restrictions, we will be unable to form teams – unless you are happy for the whole room to hear as you “whisper” to team-mates sat two metres away – but there will be plenty of time to chat over a cup of tea.  Answer sheets will be provided, but please bring your own pen.
Saturday 26th February 2:00pm-4:00pm  Christ Church Higher Bebington
Kings Road, Bebington, Wirral, CH63 8LX

Higher Bebington

The fine three manual and pedal organ built by Rushworth and Dreaper has recently been rebuilt with two consoles by David Wells Organ Builders.  Come along to hear about the work carried out and see, hear and play this instrument.

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Monday  21st March 7:30pm – 9:00pm   St. John the Baptist
Vicar’s Lane, Little St. John Street, Chester, CH1 1SN

St John Chester

This 1838 William Hill organ was built as a temporary instrument for the coronation of Queen Victoria in Westminster Abbey 1838; It was built during the brief partnership of Hill and Davison and it was reported in the Musical World (vol. 10, 44) that Frederick Davison had ‘designed and executed' the organ; It was afterwards returned to Hill's workshops and rebuilt for this church. It was transported to Chester by barge and placed in a gallery at the west end. Henry Gauntlett gave the first recital after the dedication (as he could play the pedals!).  Over its lifetime the 28 stop instrument has been moved from the gallery to the south transept and to the north transept.

Come and see, hear and play this historic instrument in Chester’s original cathedral.

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Monday 11thApril 7:30pm-9:00pm  St Werburgh’s Chester
Grosvenor Park Road  CH1 1QJ

St Werburg Chester

A visit to see, hear and try out the 1924 Binns organ from Crosshill Queens Park Church, Glasgow  moved here and rebuilt with electro-pneumatic action fitted to the original Binns windchests by George Sixmsith & sons in 2004.

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Monday 16th May following Evensong (5:30pm)    Chester Cathedral
Chester, CH1 2HU

Chester Cathedral

After Evensong, we shall be able to hear the organ played by some of the Cathedral’s musicians and learn about the instrument and their work at the Cathedral.  There may well be an opportunity for members to play the organ themselves.

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Saturday June 18th  2:00pm-4:00pm   St Mary’s Eastham
Stanley Lane, Eastham, Birkenhead, Wirral CH62 0AG


An opportunity to see inside this lovely church with parts dating from the 12th century and to hear and play the Jardine organ.

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Saturday July  9th
Our Annual General Meeting and a presentation on “New Music for Sunday Worship”. 
More information will follow shortly.

Keeping in touch

We have set up an email list which we shall use to keep members up to date with the Association.  We would encourage all members who use the Internet to join this list.  To subscribe to this list please click here.  

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and beyond!

We are monitoring the present situation and ask that those attending our events follow the advice posted at the entry to the venue and to follow the Welsh / English  government advice as appropriate.

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