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Incorporated Association of Organists [IAO]

DDOCA's Constitution

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The Association's History
Office Holders
Organs of Darlington 1968 [LP] is now online at

President: Frances Kelly

Vice-President: John Harvey

SecretaryFrances Kelly

Immediate Past President:  

Membership/Magazine:  Frances Kelly

Membership Application Form

Treasurer:  John Thorley, 14 Hartford Road, DARLINGTON DL3 8EY - Tel: 01325-243340

Subscriptions are to be paid to the Treasurer, being due at the AGM in June each year.
Minimum payment is now £35.00 for standard membership (£15 without "Organists Review")
£40.00 for Family membership; or £25.00 concessionary rate, notably for students.
(NB. Of necessity, to offset costs, there is a separate admission charge to some recitals/concerts).

Other Committee members (as elected): Paul Tate, Bill Wood , Matthew Atherton

Web Master: Richard Hird


Reports from the 2018/9 Annual General Meeting
this is a large pdf file so may take a while to load

We have been unable to hold AGMs, but the Treasurer has prepared Accounts for
2019/20 and for 2020/21.


The Association, founded in 1955, primarily exists to enable members to share their common interest in the organ and its music, together with the associated choral tradition. 

The Association is affiliated to the Incorporated Association of Organists, a national federation of similar societies, which publishes an excellent quarterly magazine - The Organists' Review - which our members receive within the amount of their subscription. Also the IAO promotes and organises an annual Conference and training activities, usually in a university and/or cathedral town or city, in Manchester in 2000, and supports regional events. 

DDOCA membership is open to all who are interested, on payment of the appropriate annual subscription. We include among our members professional and amateur musicians of a wide range of interest in and expertise at the organ, students, and non-instrumentalists - as individuals or as a family. New members are always very welcome. 
                      Membership Application Form [left click]

An elected committee and officers arranges a varied programme of meetings meetings, recitals, concerts, talks, visits and/or social occasions held monthly September to June in the Darlington and south Durham area and sometimes beyond, normally on a Sat.evening. All, including non-members, are most welcome at these events. 

For further details of membership, or about the Programme that follows, or indeed for any other information, please contact the Secretary (address above). 


Programme for  2020/2021 SEASON

[Meetings start at 7.30pm unless indicated]

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Thursday 22 April 2021 at 6.30 p.m.
Organ Recital by James Lancelot

by Zoom from his house - Link from DDOCA Secretary: <>
Eastertide Chorale Preludes from the Orgelbüchlein - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 625 (and Fantasia, BWV 695)
Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, der den Tod überwand, BWV 626
 Christ ist erstanden, BWV 627
 Erstanden ist der heilge Christ, BWV 628
Erschienen ist der herrliche Tag, BWV 629
 Heut triumphieret Gottes Sohn, BWV 630

Ricercare del septimo e ottavo tono - Giovanni Gabrieli (1557-1612)
Fantasia del quarto tono

Sonata in D, Kp 288 - Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)

Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr - Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621)

Fugue in G (alla Giga), BWV 577 - Johann Sebastian Bach

Larghetto in F sharp minor - Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876)

Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV 541 - Johann Sebastian Bach


Regrettably, in the light of restrictions on travelling and gatherings, all in person meetings in the 2020/21
 season had to be postponed. We are planning to re-arrange the following in the 2021/22 season.
Please keep in touch via this website, or on the DDOCA Facebook Group, or direct by e-mail
  Demonstration of Hauptwerk by John Harvey [JH]

  Annual Dinner at The Back Bull, Moulton [FK]

  Trip to see organs in and around Wakefield [MA]

  AGM, followed by Talk: Organs in Holland [RDH], at All Saints, Blackwell


[specific details of each event will be e-mailed to members prior to the event]


 Training Opportunities    Notice of forthcoming events will be posted here.

For the Diocesan Organists' Training Scheme see <> -  information about the Scheme and an Application Form appears towards the bottom of the page, and/or contact  James Randle [Chorister School]. There is also an organ pathway through the RSCM's new 'Church Music Skills' programme [] though it's rather more expensive.
Occasional workshops are arranged by the Newcastle & District Society of Organists and other organisations, as part of a drive to promote and further excellence, awareness and enjoyment in organ playing throughout the region.
"Making Music on the Organ" - 4 workshops was completed for 2006
For details of future performance Workshops or other forthcoming NDSO events why not contact:
                               Peter Chatfield (0191) 2857303;


Explore DanMagic, the online home of "Dan and the Magic Musician", the animated story of the greatest musical instrument of all. This is a great opportunity for children and families to meet the pipe organ. Teachers and parents will find free follow-up resources. Dan at home, whether for use with pre-schools at playgroup or nursery, in primary/infants/junior school music lessons, or at children's events.             

                  HAVE FUN!

The Durham chapter of the Royal School of Church Music organises musical training and participatory events geared to church musicians' needs, as well as more socially orientated meetings.  Details of forthcoming events are generally available online.

There is a new RSCM Northumbria website - keep up-to-date at

Cambridge Organ Scholarships:

PENDING ORGAN RECITALS in and around the North East

** Organisers of organ recitals in the North East and north North Yorkshire might like to publicise your event here ** 

The author uses what little information is usually supplied, but can take no responsibility for the accuracy of the details given.

    Series at:                                                                                                                        [To chronological list]

2021 summer series announced
on Wednesdays @
7.30pm. Admission £12/£10 concessions.

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 [E-mail /0191 386 4266 for further information]  Website details:

For previous series of recitals see archive of programmes.
Ripon Cathedral  HG4 1QS [E-mail for information]     For recitalists, programmes etc click here


Carlisle Cathedral [E-mail for information]
Other recitals in Cumbria

Hexham Abbey [Sample[E-mail for information] Summer SATURDAYS at 6pm. Free/retiring collection [?] 

Hatfield College Chapel, Durham  [E-mail for information]  Friday lunchtimes

Ushaw, St.Cuthbert's Chapel   [E-mail for information]
Monthly on Saturdays, at 2.30pm.  Free admission/collection plate.  Café refreshments all afternoon.
St.Mary, Barnard Castle Copeman Hart digital organ  [E-mail for information]
Wednesday lunchtime recitals [12.30pm].  Admission free.


Ad hoc recital venues
(north to south]  

  •                                                                                                      Admission free/retiring collection

Listed chronologically 
[or back to series list]                            See also               

                                                                                                                                         Admission free/retiring collection

Others to be announced

Nothing further announced or known at :

Organ Recitals nationally (by place and recitalist)

including Yorkshire:  on   Music-Room || York  ||  Armley  etc

* Newcastle Cathedral   * Ripon Cathedral  * York Minster  * Edinburgh, St.Giles

Other northern Organists' Association pages to explore:
* Newcastle    * Cleveland  * Cumbria  * Bradford   * Huddersfield  * Halifax
* Chester & NEWales  * Manchester  * Liverpool * Bolton * Nottingham 
* Scottish Federation  * Edinburgh  * Glasgow
(for a full listing of web addresses of Organists Associations see the IAO website)  

Incorporated Association of Organists

Click on title to check out the IAO's new website
[with excellent Links page]
Webmaster: Anthony Cairns
Web Editor: Peter Yardley-Jones
  Malcolm Hawke : IAO General Secretary
 Barry Davis: IAO General Treasurer
  Fiona Chryssides: Managing Editor of Organists' Review
   Sarah Beedle: Editor of Organists' Review [from June 2005]
Ian Carson: Deputy Editor of Organists' Review


Other North East Association contacts:
(for programme and membership details)
Newcastle : Webpage || Cleveland : Webpage
Organ webpage links

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  Page last updated 19th July 2021