Essex Organists’ Association
for Organists and Organ Enthusiasts


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

Forthcoming events


Saturday 8th June 2019 – EOA AGM– starting at 11am. The meeting part of the AGM will start at 11.30am. This will be held in the Song School of Brentwood RC Cathedral and include a talk from the former Master of the Music at York Minster, Philip Moore, as well as a chance to learn about the busy musical life of the cathedral from Andrew Wright, the Master of Music, and Cathedral Organist and EOA Treasurer & Secretary, Stephen King. Please do consider whether you would like to serve on the EOA Committee. Please email Philip Prior for more details here.

Saturday July 6th 2019– All day visit to organs in Cambridge. We will visit organs in Jesus College (three organs) and Corpus Christi College (two organs), Cambridge during the day, along with the now customary EOA group lunch! Costs are £8 for players and £5 for non-players. Lunch will be extra. See latest newsletter for timetable details. Booking essential via email here

Saturday 7th September 2019 at St. Michael's, Galleywood– A Talk on the Development of the English Organ by Richard Brasier. This event starts at 10.30am.

Saturday 28th September at 6pm - EOA Committee member Jonathan Lilley gives the opening recital of the new organ at Waltham Abbey, where he is the Director of Music. On Sunday 29th September at 10.30am there will be a service of dedication of the new organ by the Bishop of Chelmsford.


Saturday 19th October 2019– A Workshop on playing Orchestral Transcriptions on the Organ. Have you ever wondered how to make “Nimrod” work better on your organ? Jonathan Lilley (former Assistant Organist of Ely Cathedral and EOA Committee Member) leads a playing workshop for members covering registration and other facets of playing orchestral transcriptions (such as “Nimrod”) on the organ. Open to players of all levels, so please do start thinking of a piece you’d like some help on or a new insight into!

Saturday 30th November 2019– A confirmed all-day visit to see hear and play the organs at St John’s Church, Epping, and the new Mander organ currently being built for Waltham Abbey Church (where EOA Committee Member Jonathan Lilley is the Director of Music)

Non-EOA Events


Events Promoted by Members

Saturday 25th May at 7pm, St. Augustine's, Thorpe Bay
Recital by Stephen King (Brentwood Cathedral) in honour of the 100th birthday of the church's former organist, and EOA member, Victor Knill.

Sunday 2nd June 4pm – St Leonard’s, Southminster
Anne Page (Cambridge)
Re-opening recital on the excellent 2 manual & pedal Norman & Beard organ which the EOA visited a few years ago, recently restored to full working order by Andrew Stevens.

Monday 3rd June 1.30-2.15pm – Royal Hospital School Chapel, Holbrook Ian Ray (Colchester)

Monday 10th June 1.30-2.15pm – Royal Hospital School Chapel, Holbrook William Saunders (RHS) & Richard Harvey (Trombone)

Sunday 16th June 4pm-515pm – Royal Hospital School Chapel, Holbrook Peter Crompton (Holbrook) Big screen recital, Admission £10 & £7

Sunday 16th June 4pm-5.15pm St Nicolas Church, Witham
“Magnificent Magnificats!”
Dr Richard Overill introduces and performs organ magnificats from 16th century England (John Redford) through to 18th century Germany (JS Bach), and describes the varied liturgical and extra-liturgical contexts within which they may have been used, including an example of an alternatim performance with a tenor cantor. Admission free, retiring collection

Monday 17th June 1.30-2.15pm – Royal Hospital School Chapel, Holbrook Colin Andrews (USA)

Wednesday 19th June 1.00-1.40pm – Brentwood Cathedral Samuel Ali (Royal College of Music)

Thursday 27th June 1.05-1.50pm – St Laurence, Upminster Richard Brasier (St Laurence, Upminster)

Saturday 6th July 7.30-8.30pm – Southend High School for Boys Jeremy Blandford (Norway) Admission £8

Tuesday 16th July 1.00-2.00pm – Moot Hall, Colchester David Pipe (Leeds Cathedral)

Wednesday 17th July 1.00-1.40pm – Brentwood Cathedral David Graham (Royal College of Music)


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