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 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. Cost for all of £8

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! This will be an afternoon event starting at 2pm. Venue TBC. £8 for playing participants, £5 for all others.

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) Costs will be £8 for players, £5 for non-players, with lunch extra.

Tuesday 14th – Friday 17th April 2020 – Extended visit to organs in Normandy
Here is some advanced notice for your diaries of an exciting 4 day trip to Normandy in France, in the week following Easter 2020 when hopefully we are all recovering from the hectic few days of Easter Triduum services. It is some years since the EOA went “overseas” for an event and we will be based in the beautiful port of Honfleur, with visits to organs there, as well as hopefully visiting organs at Liseux, Caen, Bayeux and Rouen. Accommodation and travel will be your responsibility to book and fund, but we do envisage as much car sharing as possible once in France as the venues are no more than 90 mins away by car from Honfleur. We expect the maximum event costs for players to be equivalent to £100 and for non-players and observers to be £50 but this, along with the itinerary and details for the essential pre-booking for this trip will follow in due course.

Non-EOA Events


Events Promoted by Members

Tuesday 13th August 1.00-2.00pm – Moot Hall, Colchester
Dr Gillian Ward Russell (Danbury)
Admission free.

Tuesday 5th Sept 12.30-1.15pm – St Peter-ad-Vincula, Coggeshall
Philip Prior (St Peter-ad-Vincula, Coggeshall)
Admission free.

Tuesday 10th September 1.00-2.00pm – Moot Hall, Colchester
Dr Ian Ray (Colchester Borough Organist)
Admission free.

Tuesday 10th September 7.30pm – St Martin’s Church, Basildon
Geoffrey Morgan (Christchurch Priory)
Admission £8.

Wednesday 18th September 1.00-1.40pm – Brentwood Cathedral
James Tett (Royal College of Music)
Admission free.

Thursday 19th September 1.05-1.50pm – St Laurence, Upminster
George Chittenden (Sankta Maria Kyrka, Helsingborg, Sweden)
Admission free.

Friday 20th September 1.10-1.50pm – St Edmundsbury Cathedral
Stephen King (Brentwood Cathedral)
Admission free.


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