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

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Programme for the 2021 /2022 season
Saturday June 26th, 2:00pm  St Chads Farndon Chester.  AGM, organ visit., music and organ magazine swaps.

Monday  19th July  7:00pm  St. Joseph’s  Roman  Catholic Colwyn  Bay. Peter Conacher Organ

Saturday September 18th  starting at 1:00pm  Visit to Ystym Colwyn Hall (near Welshpool)  SY22 6BN. . [Home of  Malcolm Clarke]  - Peter Collins organ and to the village church (18th Century John Gray with an Historic Organ Certificate).

Monday 4th October 7:00pm to 9:00pm: A visit St Mary’s, Coleshill St., Flint. Vist (another) Peter Conacher organ and discussion about Christmas music.

Saturday 20th November 2:00pm to 4:00pm Workshop: Singing the Psalms in Worship, Our Lady of the Rosary, Buckley. [CH7 2AF].

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

Saturday 26th February 2:00pm-4:00pm  Christ Church Higher Bebington.  Organ Visit.
Kings Road, Bebington, Wirral, CH63 8LX

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

Monday 11th April 7:30pm-9:00pm  St Werburgh’s Chester.  Organ visit.
Grosvenor Park Road  CH1 1QJ

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

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

Satruday July 9th 2022 2:00pm
Our Annual General Meeting and a presentation on “New Music for Sunday Worship”.
Our Lady of the Rosary, Buckley. [CH7 2AF].

Programme for the 2019/2020 season

Monday September 16th  2019 7:00pm  A talk about Hauptwerk and an opportunity to try out the system.  Heswall, Wirral. Details to follow.

Monday 14th October 2019, 7:30pm Visit to Christchurch Birkenhead to hear and play the three manual  Father Willis organ.

Saturday  23rd November 12:45pm  Wesley Methodist Church, Chester.  Recital  played by Paul Carr (Birmingham Cathedral) followed at around 1:45pm by an opportinty for members to play the organ thenselves.

Saturday 25th January 2020.  Masterclass with Graham Eccles.  

Monday February 24th 2020, 7:30pm. Highfield URC Rockferry.

Interrupted by COVID-19 pandemic.

Programme for the 2018 /2019 season

Monday September 24th, 7:30pm St Werburgh's Chester - An eveing on improvisation skilss (James Andrews)

Saturday October 20th, 1:30pm The Marble Church Bodelwyddan - Visit to see, hear and play the new Allen digital organ.

Saturday 17th November, 2:00pm Visit Christ Church in Llanfairfechan - last year's planned visit had to be cancelled due to building work at the church.

Monday December 17th, 7:30pm. Social event at  Stanlye Palace, Chester.

Monday January 14th 2019, 7:30pm. Social event (including a quiz) with the Liverpool Association at Poulton Hall, Wirral.

Saturday March 23rd 2019, 2:00pm  Vist to Holy Trinity Parish Church and the Central Methodist Church in Llandudno.   Memebers will be able to play the fine three manual Rushworth and Dreaper instrument , recently restored by Henry Wills & Sons and the Viscount Digital organ.

Monday 29th April 2019, 7:30pm St Helen and St Mary, Neston Wirral.  Visit to hear and play a fine three manual and pedal Foster and Andrews instrument.

Monday 27th May 2019, 7:30. Vist to hear (and play) the organ at John Latham's home, Malpas.

Monday 17th June 7:00pm. AGM followed by our annual diner at Upton Golf Club, Chester.

Programme for the 2017/2018 season

At each location  visited we will learn a little about its history and the organ, which will be demonstrated by the resident organist or by a short recital given by one of our members.   Members will then usually have the opportunity to play the organ.  Tea or Coffee will be served.  Full details will be given in the Newsletter preceding the event, all of which will have a theme.

Monday  September 18th, 7:30pm. St Giles' Wrexham . Composite recital by members

Monday  October 9th, 7:30pm. Church of the Good Shepherd Heswall.  2M & Pedal Rushworth and Dreaper organ built in the 1971.  Roger Fisher was the consultant .  Open console. NPOR entry

Saturday November 4th, 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Christ Church, Newtown, Chester.  Illustrated talk / presentation by Alan Thurlow, Chairman of the British Institute of Organ Studies. BIOS website.

Saturday December 2nd,  CANCELLED due to work being carried out on the Church Roof
2:00pm. Christ Church LLanfairfechan. 3M & Pedal organ based on 2M  &Pedal organ by Hill..  Open console.  This organ has a BIOS grade 1 historic organ certificate. NPOR ENtry

Satuday January 27th 2018,  1:30pm - 4:30pm. Organ workshop on accompaniment, registration "tricks of the trade" and sight reading. Led by Graham Eccles.  All Saints'  Church, Gresford.

Monday February 12th, 7:30pm.  Christ Church Port Sunlight. 4M & Pedal Willis II organ. Open Console.  NPOR entry 

Saturday March 10th,  1:30pm-4:00pm.  Hoole Methodist Church.  Singing workshop led by Enid Whittle.

Tuesday April 17th, 7:30pm.  Chester Cathedral. Details of the activity to be confirmed.

May 19th 20th Anniversary celebrations.  St Andrew's URC  Handbridge. Chester 2:00pm - 5pm 

Monday  June 11th 7:30pm. Stanley Palace, Lower Watergate Street, Chester.  AGM, buffet and musical entertainment.

Programme for the 2016/2017 season

Saturday 16th July, 2.30pm Arley Hall (Chapel), Cheshire.

Saturday 24th September, 1.00pm Bangor Cathedral

Monday 24th October, 7.30pm Cilcain Parish Church

Monday 14th November, 7.30pm St Saviours, Oxton

Monday 12th December, 7.30pm Christ Church, Chester

Saturday 14th January 2017, 10.30am Willis Organ Factory, Liverpool

Saturday 18th February 2017, 2.00pm Ellesmere College

Monday 27th March 2017, 7.30pm St Peter’s, Ruthin

Tuesday 25th April 2017, 7.30pm Chester Cathedral

Tuesday 16th May 2017, 7.30pm Bethlehem Chapel, Rhosllanerchrugog  UPDATED

Tuesday 13th June 2017, 7.00pm AGM & Dinner, Upton, Chester

Programme from 2015-16

September- Saturday 5th 2015 from 2:00pm – A opportunity to hear and play two Willis organs  in West Kirby.  West Kirby Methodist Church and St Bridget's Church.   Arranged by Brian Moate and Paul Marriott.

September - Monday 28th 2015 at 7.30pm -  A visit to  the historic church of  St Eurgain & St Peter Northop
(CH7 6BQ).  We shall learn something of the history of the church and Phil Wendt, the resident organist, will introduce and demonstrate the organ to us before opening the console for members to play.

October Saturday 24th 2pm St Mary the Virgin Eccleston

November Saturday 28th 2015 at 12 noon - Visit to Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral 

December  12th 2015  2:00pm -  Visit to hear and play the Binns organ in Sussex Street Christian Centre, Rhyl. 

January Saturday 30th 2016 , 2.30pm - Visit Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.

March Monday 7th 2016, 7:30pm - Joint social meeting with Liverpool Association.

April Tuesday 26th 2016, 7.30pm -  Chester Cathedral.

May 30th May, 7.30pm -  St Asaph Cathedral

June 14th June  (Tuesday) 7:00pm  AGM and Diner with guest speaker, David Wells.  Chester Golf Club

Programme from 2014-15

SEPTEMBER - Saturday 6 from 11.00am – A opportunity to hear and play two Norman & Beard organs in Thornton Hough restored by Willis.  All Saint’s Parish Church, CH63 1JP at 11.00am and St. George’s URC, CH63 1JJ  at 1.45pm.   Arranged by Iain Stinson.

SEPTEMBER - Monday 29 at 7.30pm. A return visit to St. Peter’s Church, Village Road Waverton, Nr. Chester, CH3 7QN, with its Willis/Sixsmith two manual organ to be demonstrated by resident organist Richard Morgan-Jones, then an open console session.

OCTOBER – Saturday 25 at 2.30pm – St. Mary, Dodleston, CH4 9NT

NOVEMBER - Saturday 29 at 2.30pm – Church of the Holy Spirit, Ewloe, CH5 3BF

DECEMBER - Monday 15 at 7.30pm - Christmas Social with Carols at Our Lady of the Rosary, Buckley,  CH7 2BF

JANUARY – Monday 26 at 5.30pm - Chester Cathedral

FEBRUARY - Saturday 28 at 2.30pm  - St. Laurence,  Church Road, Frodsham, WA6 6AD Ken Fayle to demonstrate the organ then Open Console.

MARCH -  Saturday 28 at 2.30pm – Come & Sing with Philip Stopford. Hamilton St. Methodist Church.

APRIL – Monday 27 at 7.30pm –  Composite recital in St. Asaph Cathedral followed by an open console

MAY – Monday 25 at 7.30pm – Composition with Philip Stopford. Hamilton St. Methodist Church.

JUNE – Tuesday 23 at 7.00pm AGM and Diner (Guest speaker Professor Ian Tracey), Upton-by-Chester Golf Club,  CH2 1EE

JULY – Monday 20 at 7.30pm – St. David’s Church, Pantasaph.  Keith Edwards will give the history of the Poyser 2 manual organ and tell of the work he did to restore it.

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