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 29th February 2020 – IAO London Organ Day at Islington

EOA Members will be interesting in this years IAO London Organ Day which is run by our umbrella
Association (the Incorporated Association of Organists), and which this year focuses on the performance of the music of J S Bach from 1820-2020 and includes recitals by Adrian Gunning and Martin Baker.
This will be held at bothThe Union Chapel (Father Willis) and St John the Divine RC Church in Islington(Classical
1963 Walker), and EOA members are encouraged to attend this informative day. Further details and booking at

Saturday 14th March 2020 – All Day Visit to Organs in Wanstead, East London

We venture into East London for our March event – 3 very different churches (including an excellent example of a Georgian church interior) with 3 very different organs for members to see, hear and play in Wanstead. Travel is by members’ cars. The timetable for the day is as follows:

1030am Our Lady of Lourdes RC
Church, 51 Cambridge Road, E11 2PR
2 manual & pedal Robin Jennings new in 2012, 18 speaking stops.

1230am Lunch at the Cuckfield, Wanstead.
The Menu can be found at

2pm Christ Church, Wanstead
Place, Wanstead, E11 2SW.

3 manual & pedal William Hill with 32 speaking stops
ex St Mary’s, Manningham, Bradford and installed in 2008 by David Wells of Liverpool.

St Mary’s Church, 1 Langley Drive, Wanstead, E11 2LN.
-5pm 2 manual & pedal organ with 29 speaking stops

Robert Slater (1974) using pipework from Rutt (1923) & Hill (1847)

The church has a lovely Georgian interior including original box pews.

Please email Richard Nott at as soon as possible to book your place on this trip, the costs are £8 for players and £5 for non-players. Do please also email Richard with your lunch choices for the Cuckfield so these can be pre-ordered to save time on the day. Main course & dessert only please,
we don’t have time for starters as well as we have a busy afternoon ahead of us!

Tuesday 14th – Friday 17th April 2020 – Extended visit to organs in Paris

Your committee are delighted to tell you that, thanks to the hard work of EOA Vice Chairman, Richard Nott, with
assistance from your President, we have now finalised nearly all of the venues for this trip, including St Eustache, St Clotilde and other venues in Paris. The first organ we visit will be at 10am on Tuesday 14th and the trip will end by lunchtime on Friday 17th, so do book your accommodation and travel accordingly – these are both at your own cost along with your food and drink requirements. Do remember that Monday 13th is a Bank Holiday and Eurostar services are reduced in frequency.

The number of players on this trip is limited to 10 (on a first come basis with a reserve list if numbers exceed this), but there is no limit on observers wishing to join us to explore the wonderful architecture of theses churches and the organs they contain. The final costs of the trip are as follows – Players £100, non-players/observers £50 which covers our access to the churches and gifts to the organists we meet.

Players of all standards are welcome but are asked to prepare pieces that they are very comfortable will so that all our performances will be as best as they can be on these unfamiliar instruments – please note that there are generally no divisional pistons on many of these organs, except for some use of “ventils” to add/remove families of stops e.g. reeds but the resident organist will be on hand at each church to advise and assist us all with registration.
More details will appear in the visit brochure which those taking part will receive in due course.

We are asking for either a full balance or 50% deposit to be paid now to secure your place, particularly if you are a player. The appropriate amount should be sent either electronically by BACS to the EOA Account (along with an email to Richard booking yourself in so that you can receive final details of the itinerary in due course), or by cheque (made payable to Essex Organists’ Association) posted to Richard Nott whose address is “Dumbreck”, Main Road, Howe Street, Essex, CM3 1BG. Any remaining balances will become due by the end of March.

For more details about any aspect of this wonderful opportunity, please do email Richard Nott at
We do thank Richard for all his hard work in arranging this visit, as this has required the hardship of several visits to France for him and your President, in order to try out the organs and meet the organists of the churches that we will be visiting, all who have been very welcoming to us so far and are looking forward to hosting us.

Non-EOA Events

Events Promoted by Members

Friday 6th March – St Laurence, Upminster 6.30-7.30pm
Richard Brasier (St Laurence, Upminster)
Bach Cycle No.6 out of 20.
Admission free, retiring collection

Saturday 7th March – Waltham Abbey Church 1230pm-1pm
Christopher Thomas (St John the Baptist, Keynsham)
Admission free, retiring collection

Tuesday 10th March – Moot Hall, Colchester 1pm
Dr Ian Ray (Colchester Borough Organist)
Admission free, retiring collection

Saturday 14th March – Waltham Abbey Church 7.30pm

Waltham Singers Concert with Waltham Abbey Choristers including music for an organ accompaniment by Jonathan
Lilley (Waltham Abbey).

Saturday 28th March, 11.00-12.00, Waltham Abbey Church EN9 1DG
Talk by Mander Organs about last year’s rebuild of the Abbey organ, with demonstrations and short recital by Jonathan Lilley. An in-depth, technical talk given for members of the Institute of British Organbuilding but open to all, free admission

Saturday 2nd May 7.30pm – Waltham Abbey Church
Pictures at an Exhibition and other works arranged for brass and organ. Prime Brass of Cambridge with Jonathan Lilley, conducted by Paul Trepte
£10 on the door