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 30th November 2019– An all-day visit to see hear and play the organs at St John’s Church, Epping, and the new Mander organ at 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. Meet at St. John's Epping at 10am or Waltham Abbey at 2.30 There is a free recital at Waltham Abbey at 12.30pm. Members who would like to book lunch must contact Jonathan by Wednesday 27th November. Email Jonathan here

Saturday 11th January 2020 at 2pm – “An Introduction to Hauptwerk Organs” by Lyndon Ford, at St Cedd’s School, Chelmsford, CM2 0AR
We look forward to welcoming Lyndon Ford for an illustrated talk and demonstration of Hauptwerk software can do. There will be plenty of opportunities for those attending to try the organ on which the software is installed so do bring some music with you! Hauptwerk is a top class electronic sampling system which then works on many existing electronic organs through the MIDI interface with a laptop, allowing you to transform your organ into a sampled historic instrument at relatively low cost. Do come and find out more! Cost for all is £8.
NB: Access is signposted from Upper Bridge Road (Writtle Road end) for parking and those on foot – there will be no access available from the front of the school in London Road.

Tuesday 14th – Friday 17th April 2020 – Extended visit to organs in France
Here is an update on our exciting 4 day trip to France, in the week following Easter 2020 when hopefully we are all recovering from the hectic few days of Easter. In the last newsletter we mentioned Normandy as a possible area, but due to problems with access to some venues, we have decided to change the venue to city organs of Paris of which there are many to choose from!
Accommodation and travel will be your responsibility to book and fund. 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 once venues have been confirmed.

Non-EOA Events


Events Promoted by Members

Tuesday 12th November 1.00-2.00pm – Moot Hall, Colchester
Mark Brafield (Dorking)
Admission free.

Thursday 14th November 1.05-1.50pm – St Laurence, Upminster
Steven Grahl (Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford)
Admission free.

Wednesday 20th November 1.00-1.40pm – Brentwood Cathedral
Kei Kei Tzai (Royal College of Music)
Admission free.

Thursday 28th November 1.05-1.50pm – St Laurence, Upminster
Richaard Brasier (St Laurence, Upminster) & Leo Melvin (‘Cello)
Admission free.

Saturday 30th November 12.30-1.00pm – Waltham Abbey Church
Jonathan Lilley plays Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite
Admission free

Thursday 28th November 1.05-1.50pm – St Laurence, Upminster
Richard Brasier (St Laurence, Upminster) & Leo Melvin (‘Cello)
Admission free.

Friday 6th December 6.30pm-7.30pm– St Laurence, Upminster
Richard Brasier (St Laurence, Upminster)
J S Bach Cycle No. 3 of 20.

Tuesday 10th December 1.00-2.00pm – Moot Hall, Colchester
Ian Ray (Colchester)
Admission free.

Friday 20th December 6.30pm-7.30pm– St Laurence, Upminster
Richard Brasier (St Laurence, Upminster)
J S Bach Cycle No. 3 of 20.

Saturday 25th January – Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church
Bloomsbury Organ Day

Saturday 1st February 2020 12.30-1.10pm – Waltham Abbey Church
Stephen Bullamore (St Mary Magdalene, Newark | former Director of Music, Waltham Abbey)
Admission free

Saturday 15th February 5.00-7.15pm – Waltham Abbey Church
The Hunchback of Notre Dame – screening of the 1923 Lon Chaney film with improvised organ accompaniment by Jonathan Lilley
£10 at the door

Saturday 7th March 12.30-1.10pm – Waltham Abbey Church
Christopher Thomas (St Thomas, Stourbridge | former Director of Music, Waltham Abbey)
Admission free

Saturday 14th March 7.30pm – Waltham Abbey Church
Waltham Singers of Chelmsford with Waltham Abbey Choristers – choral showcase for the rebuilt Abbey organ
For ticketing info please see http://www.walthamsingers.org.uk/buytickets.html nearer the time!

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




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