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Incorporated Association of Organists [IAO]

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President:  Matthew Atherton

Vice-President & Secretary: Frances Kelly

Immediate Past President:   Paul Tate

Membership/Magazine Secretary: 
Membership Application Form

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 currently £30.00 for standard membership (£15 without "Organists Review")
£35.00 for Family membership; or £20.00 concessionary rate, in particular for students.
(NB. Of necessity, to offset costs, there is a separate admission charge to some recitals/concerts).

Other Committee members (as elected): Dorothy Creek, John Harvey, Adriel Yap

Web Master: Richard Hird


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  2017/18 SEASON

[Meetings start at 7.30pm unless indicated]

Sat. 17th Feb. - 2.30 rehearsal/7pm performance
Come & Sing: Stainer's Crucification at Ushaw College Chapel
Director - David Ratnanayagam/Organist - Matthew Atherton

Sat. 17th Mar.  Afternoon visits to local organs in Gaunless Valley, commencing
12.30pm at Eggleston Methodist Church DL12 0AJ, followed by Evenwood St Paul at 2pm, Lynesack
at 3.30pm and Cockfield Church at 5pm, with opportunity for evening pub meal
 [Contact: Richard Hird]

Fri. 13th April 7 for 7.30pm: Annual Dinner at the Black Bull, Moulton [contact: Frances Kelly]

Sat. 26th May - Outing to organs in the Malton area [contact Matthew Atherton]

  Sat. 9th June: AGM @ All Saints, Blackwell, Darlington,
followed by a short photographic review of Richard Hird's recent trip to organs in Bavaria

  date tba: 7pm -  President's Evening at Aysgarth School Chapel [contact Matthew Atherton]


2018/19 Season (very much provisional ideas)

19th Oct:  Social with "entertainment".

17th Nov:  Concert

[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 information supplied, but can take no responsibility for the accuracy of the details given.

    Series at:                                                                                                            [To chronological list]

2018 summer series on Wednesdays @ 7.30pm. Admission £8/£6 concessions.
To be announced

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]  Fridays - pm

Ushaw, St.Cuthbert's Chapel   [E-mail for information]
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: with BHM * 2.30pm].  Admission free.

Ad hoc recital venues
(north to south]

Listed chronologically 
[or back to series list]                            See also             

To be announced

Nothing further announced or known at :
    Morpeth Methodist Church, Howard Terrace. 3m Allen organ[E-mail or ring 01670 511078 for information]
    Holy Cross, Haltwhistle
    St.Paul, Winlaton NE216PL [more information 0191 414 3165]
    Newcastle Cathedral E-mail for information] - Pipe organ out of use.
    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.Paul, Whitley Bay 
    [E-mail for information]
    St.George, Cullercoats
    [E-mail for information]  
    St.George, Gateshead [E-mail for information]  Fridays at 7.30pm - canapes from 7pm. Admission £8
    St.Hilda, South Shields (Market Place)
    [E-mail for information]
    St.Paul, Jarrow
    St.Barnabas, Burnmoor, nr.Chester le Street
    Whitburn Parish Church
    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.Margaret, Durham
    St.Brandon, Brancepeth: Willis organ transferred from Winterton [E-mail for information]
    Rowley Baptist Chapel [Bevington Chamber organ c. 1820]
    [E-mail for information]
    St.Ives, Leadgate  [E-mail for information] Admission £5
    All Saints, Lanchester Parish Church - [E-mail for information] Early Music Festival:
                                                                         alternate Saturdays July + Aug.
    St.Helen Auckland Parish Church  [E-mail for information]
    St.Andrew, South Church, Bishop Auckland
    [E-mail for information]  - Organ webpage
    New Victoria Centre, High Street, Howden-le-Wear, Co.Durham 
    [E-mail for information]
    St.John, Shildon
    Barnard Castle School Chapel (organ refurbished by Principal Pipe Organs of York)
    [E-mailfor information]
    St. Romald, Romaldkirk, Teesdale 
    [E-mail for 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-mailfor information] 
    St.George URC, Hartlepool 
    [E-mail for information]
    St.Peter, Stockton
    [E-mail for information] - Makin organ
    Stockton URC
    [E-mail for information]
    St.Mary's RC Cathedral, Dalby Way, Middlesbrough 
    [E-mail for information]
    St.Cuthbert, Kirkleatham, Redcar 
    [E-mail for information]
    Saltburn Methodist Church
    [E-mail for information]
    St.Mark's, Marske-by-the-Sea

    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)

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   * 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 7th March 2018