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 27th April 2019 2-4pm, we welcome Michael Frith to entertain us with a Lecture-Recital on the Life and Organ Music of César Franck at St Peter’s Church, Coggeshall. Those expecting Lefébure-Wely will have to wait a little longer! The costs for this event (including refreshments half way through) are £8 for Adults, £5 for those aged 12-18 and free for those under 12.

Saturday 18th May 2019 – All day visit to organs in Thaxted (10-12 noon) & Saffron Walden (2-4pm)
This visit includes the chance to see, hear and play the Lincoln organ in Thaxted, and the 4 manual and pedal organ in St. Mary's, Saffron Walden. We will also have one of our (in)famous EOA pub lunches. More details including specifications to follow but if you know now that you are intending to come, please do email to book a place (with or without lunch booking) using

Saturday 8th June 2019 – EOA AGM– starting at 11am. The meeting part of the AGM will start at 11.30am. This will be held at 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.

Saturday July 6th 2019– All day visit to organs in Cambridge. We hope to visit organs in Queens College, Jesus College and Corpus Christi College, Cambridgeduring the day, along with the now customary EOA group lunch!

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

Saturday 28th September (Time TBA) - 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/26th 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

Thursday 2nd May 1.05-1.50 – St Lawrence Church, Upminster
James Parsons (Wales)

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

Friday 17th May 7.30-9pm – St Lawrence’s Church, Ridgewell
Marc Murray (Bury Parish Church, Lancashire)
Big screen recital on the CH Walker organ. £10 including wine & nibbles.
Contact Michaela at for further information.

Wednesday 22nd May 1.00-1.40 – Brentwood Cathedral
Eric Chan (Royal College of Music)

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.

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