Kent County Organists' Association

KCOA Mission Statement

The Kent County Organists' Association (KCOA) is affiliated to the Incorporated Association of Organists (IAO) and consists of almost 100 members. The object of the Association is to promote the friendly interchange of ideas on all matters of interest to organists and choir directors. With the exception of August and January monthly meetings are held on Saturdays and include recitals, lectures, discussions and visits to places of interest in various parts of the county and sometimes further afield.

Conversations and Questions with Charles Francis

A KCOA event preceding his organ recital in Rochester Cathedral.

For 30 minutes, from 1800 to 1830 hrs, Charles will be interviewed in the Choir by our President, Stephen Banfield, about his experience studying at the Eastman School of Music and other matters technical and musical, and there will be time for one or two questions from the membership.

The recital follows at 1930 hrs. Here is the amended programme:

Allegro vivace (from Symphonie V pour Orgue, op. 42, no. 1) - Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)

Birmingham Trip March 2025 Update!


We can now confirm  a visit to the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and St Chad's Cathedral between the 10th and 14th March and an invitation to visit Coventry Cathedral on the  return journey. Arrangements continue at pace and will be confirmed later. However it is likely that travel and accommodation will need to be organised on an individual basis. That said we are open to suggestions.

A day by the sea! A visit to Eastbourne

Member John Ross has kindly arranged this visit to two Eastbourne venues, Christ Church with its tonally unaltered 'Father' Willis organ, and his own home with its 4-manual Vincent Woodstock pipe organ, where we shall also have tea.

2.00 pm: Christ Church, Seaside

The 2-manual Willis organ (1880), with a most unusual case, retains its original action, including a Barker Lever! This instrument has recently been awarded an NPOR Historic Organ Certificate Grade II*.

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As you can see I am performing with a long standing and close college friend for charity and would love to see as many of you as possible in support please particularly as it is a charitable event.

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Date: Saturday, July 20th 2024 at 6 pm.

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Primary School Introductory Workshop Package

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Music co-ordinator Wendy Balcombe writes:

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Further details here:

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Our Treasurer, Kevin Grafton, writes:

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We are pleased to publish the names of our winners and arrangements for recitals to date.

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