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 12th January 2019 – The Great EOA Music Quiz Night

Here is some advanced warning to polish up your musical knowledge on all areas and aspects of music, sacred and secular, classical and popular and of course organ music. Venue is The Parish Hall, Church of the Ascension with All Saints, Maltese Road, Chelmsford CM1 2PB. The date is Saturday 26th of January starting at 7pm. Please do think about organising a team and do bring non-members to this exciting event. Please bring your own drinks, food, cutlery & crockery. Entry fee is £8 per adult and £5 per child.

16th February 2019 – Organ Tuning and Emergencies Talk at The Village Workshop, Finchingfield CM7 4JE 10.30am start. Lunch at one of the lovely village pubs, and a look around the organ at the church of St. John the Baptist, Finchingfield.

Saturday 2nd March 2019 – The 33rd IAO London Organ Day

This all day Incorporated Association of Organists (IAO) event to take place at Christ Church, Spitalfields (close to Liverpool Street Station) beginning at 10am and finishing at approximately 5.30pm. We’ve just heard that, along with recitals by Ghislaine Reece-Trapp and Daniel Moult, my predecessor as EOA President, Richard Brasier, will be giving a recital as part of what looks to be an exciting day – booking is via the IAO website www. or via links on its Facebook page.

March 2019 – The EOA 2019 Competition

The 2019 EOA Organ Competition will take place at 2pm on Saturday March 16th. The competition is open to all members and non-members, and will be held once again at St Thomas’s Church, Brentwood, using their very fine 3 manual & pedal organ.

Those interested in taking part are invited to perform two contrasting pieces, within one of the following categories, with prizes being awarded as follows:

Beginners (£30)
Intermediate (£50)
Advanced (£70 + EOA trophy + the opportunity to perform a pre-Sunday Evensong recital in Chelmsford Cathedral)

This is a great opportunity to get some feedback on your performances in a friendly and helpful environment, whilst getting the chance to play to an audience on a fine organ - there will be practice time made available for each participant in advance of the competition day. As you can see there are 3 levels, so please do consider taking part in the competition in March – you never know, you might win a prize as well!!

April 2019 – A Lecture-Recital – on the well-known French composer Louis Lefébure-Wely.

May 2019 – All day visit to organs in Braintree.

June 2019 – EOA AGM – This will be held at Brentwood RC Cathedral and include a talk from Philip Moore, as well as a chance to learn about the busy musical life of the cathedral from Andrew Wright, the Master of Music.

July 2019 – All day visit to organs in Cambridge.

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

October 2019 – A Workshop on playing Orchestral Transcriptions on the Organ.

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

Monday 7th January 2019 1.30-2.15pm – Royal Hospital School Chapel, Holbrook
Charles Harrison (Chichester Cathedral)

Thursday 10th January 2019 1.05-1.50pm- St Laurence, Upminster
Polina Sosnina (Organ Scholar, Temple Church)
Polina was the winner of the 2018 EOA Competition Advanced class..

Monday 14th January 2019 1.30-2.15pm – Royal Hospital School Chapel, Holbrook
Sam Giddy (Sydney, Australia)

Saturday 4th May 2019 10am - 6pm East of England Organ Day at RHS Holbrook 'A Day at the Movies' The celebrity recital will be given by Richard Hills. Tickets are £25 for the whole all day. Box Office 'phone number is 01206 573948