DARLINGTON & DISTRICT ORGANISTS' & CHOIRMASTERS' ASSOCIATION
Registered Charity No. 508680
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We are so very sorry to have to tell you that Philip Hall, who has been one of
Darlington Organists’ Association’s longstanding members and a previous
Secretary of the Association, died on Wednesday 16th August 2023.
Please keep Philip and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
|The Association's History
Organs of Darlington 1968 [LP] is now online at http://www.phmusic.co.uk/organdarlington.html
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): Jeroen Hoogland, Bill
Web Master/Facebook Group Manager: Richard Hird
|Reports from the 2022/23
Annual General Meeting
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|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
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
Notice of forthcoming events will be posted here.
For the Diocesan Organists' Training Scheme see <http://www.durhamliturgy.org.uk/> - 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 [http://www.rscm.com/education/skills.php] 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.
DanMagic, the online home of "Dan and the Magic
the animated story of the
greatest musical instrument of all. This is a great opportunity for children and
families to meet
the pipe organ.
and parents will find free
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.
2024 summer series on Wednesdays @ 7.30pm to be announced.
Admission £12/£10 concessions. https://durhamcathedral.ticketsolve.com/.../events/428498342
[E-mail /0191 386 4266 for further information] Website details: www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/whatson
For previous series of recitals see archive of programmes.
Ripon Cathedral HG4 1QS [E-mail for information] For recitalists, programmes etc click here
York Minster http://wonders.yorkminster.org/whats-on.html/
Carlisle Cathedral [E-mail for information]
Other recitals in Cumbria
Hexham Abbey [Sample] [E-mail for information] at 6pm.
Ushaw, St.Cuthbert's Chapel [E-mail for information]
Ad hoc recital venues (north to south]
Listed chronologically [or back to series list] See also Organrecitals.com
Admission free/retiring collection
Others to be announced
Nothing further announced or known at :
Newcastle Cathedral E-mail for information] - Pipe organ out of use for recitals.
Newcastle St.Mary's RC Cathedral [E-mail for information] was Wednesdays at 12.40pm [free admission]:
St.John, Grainger Street, Newcastle [E-mail for information] Usually Saturdays 12.30pm. Free admission/collection
St.Nicholas, Gosforth [E-mail for information].
St.George, Jesmond, Newcastle [E-mail for information].
St.Dominic's Priory, Newcastle [E-mail for information]
Martin Luther Kirche, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1YH
St.George, Cullercoats [E-mail for information]
St.Hilda, South Shields (Market Place) [E-mail for information]
St.Barnabas, Burnmoor, nr.Chester le Street
St.Andrew, Roker, Sunderland
Sunderland Minster [E-mail for information] was lunchtime concerts, 12 to12.45pm. Free Admission.
Houghton le Spring Parish Church [E-mail for information]
St.Oswald, Durham [E-mail for information]
St.Brandon, Brancepeth: Willis organ transferred from Winterton [E-mail for information]
St.Helen Auckland Parish Church [E-mail for information]
New Victoria Centre, High Street, Howden-le-Wear, Co.Durham [E-mail for information]
Barnard Castle School Chapel (organ refurbished by Principal Pipe Organs of York)[E-mailfor information]
St.Edmund, Sedgefield [E-mail or information] Recitals at 7.30pm. Admission £5
St.Cuthbert, Darlington Parish Church - [E-mail for information]
St.Hilda, Hartlepool [E-mail for information]
Stranton [All Saints], Hartlepool 7.30pm. Admission free/collection organ fund. E-mail for information]
St.Peter, Stockton [E-mail for information] - Makin organSt.Mary's RC Cathedral, Dalby Way, Middlesbrough [E-mail information]
St.Cuthbert, Kirkleatham, Redcar [E-mail for information]
St.Hilda, West Cliff, Whitby [E-mail for information] was Wednesdays at 19.00. Admission £8/Conc.£5
St.Peter, Osmotherley [E-mail for information]
St.Mary, Studley Royal [Fountains Abbey]
Organ Recitals nationally (by place and recitalist)
* Tours of Organs
2006 - Burgundy
2007 - Champagne
2008 - Bordeaux
& the Dordogne 2009
2010 - Lyon
2011 - Normandy
2012 - Provence/Cote
d'Azur 2013 - Loire
(again) 2015 - Toulouse
area (again) 2016 - Bavaria
2017 - Saxony
2018 - Holland
2020 - Holland
(for programme and
Newcastle : Webpage || Cleveland - now defunct || Cumbria
Organ webpage links
27th July - David Hill
3rd August - William McVicker
10th August - Ian Shaw
17th August - Joseph Beech
24th August - John Kitchen
31st August - Ronny Krippner
7th September - Daniel Cook