Essex Organists’ Association
for Organists and Organ Enthusiasts

​Formerly the Chelmsford and District Organists' Association
Affiliated to The Incorporated Association of Organists

Forthcoming events

Clavier-Übung III

Saturday 7th July 2018 (10am-1pm). St. Laurence Parish Church, Upminster. Richard Brasier presents a complete performance of J.S.Bach's grand masterpiece. There will be a short pre-concert talk, and refreshments will also be served.

There is a church car park, although spaces are often limited at weekends. There are other car parks around the town, and on-road parking is also available.

A Trip to the Seaside!

Saturday 8th September 2018 (times tbc). A visit to instruments in Clacton and Frinton. Confirmed instruments include St. James, Clacton, and the RC Church. More details to follow soon.

£8 Active participation
£5 Observers

Improvisation Workshop

Saturday 13th October 2018 (11am-5pm). Croydon Minster. Ronny Krippner, Director of Music at Croydon Minster will offer an improvisation workshop for organists of all ages and abilities. There will also be an opportunity to play the Minster organs. Please click here for further details.

11am-1pm. Informal play of the instruments in Croydon Minster

2-5pm. Improvisation workshop with Ronny Krippner

£8 Active participation
£5 Observers

*The same fees will apply for the morning playing session at the Minster.

EOA membership composite recital

Saturday 10th November 2018. St Mary's Parish Church, Shenfield. We conclude our activities for the year with a composite recital featuring members of the EOA. This will be a great opportunity for the membership to come together, to perform in a relaxed and supportive environment. Refreshments will be provided for what should be a festive occasion!

Non-EOA Events

Celebration organ recital

Saturday 6th October 2018 (7pm). St. Nicolas Church, Rawreth (SS11 8SH). An organ concert to celebrate the refurbishment of the church's historic pipe organ, with invited organists playing a varied selection of music. Refreshments will be available.

Free admission with a retiring collecting in aid of church funds.

*Please note that this recital has been re-arranged from Saturday 17th March 2018, due to adverse weather conditions.

Organ recital with Adrian Lucas

Saturday 16th June (7pm). Southend High School for Boys. Internationally acclaimed recitalist and choral conductor, Adrian Lucas puts the newly refurbished Hill, Norman and Beard instrument through its paces.

For more details and to purchase tickets, please click here.

Fantastic English Style!

Sunday 17th June 2018 (4.00-5.15pm). St Nicolas Parish Church, Witham. From about 1660 to 1710, English composers began composing in a new style known as Stylus Phantasticus, characterised by surprise and unpredictability. The English keyboard composers most influenced by this ‘fantastical style’ were Christopher Gibbons (1615–1676), Matthew Locke (c.1622–1677), John Blow (1649–1708) and Henry Purcell (1659–1695). But what were the origins of this extraordinary musical style and how did it arrive and manifest itself in England?

Programme details here.

Admission free with retiring collection.

Maldon Festival

Saturday 23rd June - Saturday 7th July
This year's Maldon Festival includes a showing of the silent movie 'Wings' with improvised organ accompaniment by Andrew Macmillan. This takes place on Tuesday 26th June 7.30pm, All Saint’s, Maldon.
In addition, there are two free lunchtime recitals:
Saturday 30th at 1pm. All Saints, Maldon. Matthew Foster, organ scholar of St Mary’s, Maldon (details below)
Saturday 7th July at 1pm Maldon URC. Christopher Strange, organ scholar of Chelmsford Cathedral and sub organist designate at York Minster.

Full details of these and other events at the festival are available from here