Essex Organists’ Association
for Organists and Organ Enthusiasts

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

Forthcoming events

The Legacy of World War 1 on English Music

Saturday 21st April 2018 (2-5pm). St. Peter ad Vincular, Coggeshall. EOA Vice-President, Philip Prior, offers an illustrated insight into the effects and legacy of World War 1 on English music.

There is on-road parking near the church.

£8 entry
£5 student entry

Visit to organs in Soham and Ely

Saturday 5th May 2018 (11am-8pm). This visit to Cambridgeshire will include visits to St. Andrews Church in Soham, and Ely Cathedral, where we will also attend Choral Evensong. More details will appear here in due course. In the meantime, please contact Jonathan Lilley via the EOA contact page if you are interested in joining us for this event.

A car sharing system will be in operation for this event.

£8 Active participation
£5 Observers

Annual General Meeting

Saturday 9th June 2018 (1-4.30pm). Chelmsford Cathedral. Our Annual General Meeting will once again be held at Chelmsford Cathedral. This will be an opportunity to hear about our events over the past year. We will also be electing/re-electing members to the committee, and electing a new President. We will be treated to an organ recital by the Cathedral's organ scholar, Chris Strange, and our guest speaker will be Richard Gowers, who will talk about life as an organ scholar at King's College, Cambridge.

There are many parking possibilities within the City of Chelmsford.

Free admission, although donations towards the costs of the event would be greatly appreciated.

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.

Battle of the Organs!

Saturday 1st September 2018 (11am-5pm). Old Independent Chapel, Haverhill. Our first ever Battle of the Organs event, featuring the OIC's 1901 J.J.Binns organ, will include:

- A lecture-demonstration on hauptwerk, illustrated using a hauptwerk system running the Haverhill OIC sample set.
- An opportunity to play both the real and virtual Haverhill OIC Binns organs.
- A “battle of the organs” recital featuring both the real and virtual Haverhill OIC Binns organs.

The OIC is a short stroll from Haverhill Town Centre, which offers many options for refreshments.

This event is still in the early stages of planning. More details will appear here in due course.

Improvisation Workshop

October 2018 (Date, time and venue tbc).

£8 Active participation
£5 Observers

EOA membership composite recital

November 2018 (Date, time and venue tbc). 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.

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.