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Affiliated to the
Incorporated Association of Organists [IAO]

DDOCA's Constitution

 Shortcuts to:
** Local organ recitals **  National listing of organ recitals ** London Organ Concerts Guide **
** Organists' Training ** Organist Reference & Resources (incl. form of Contract) **
** ISM Fees Survey 2012 - for 2013 ** Copyright Issues **
*** Online organ music scores -- Petrucci -- Ickling -- Univ.of Rochester ***

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

President: Paul Tate

Vice-President: Jeroen Hoogland

SecretaryFrances Kelly

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): Dermot Roddy, Bill Wood

Web Master/Facebook Group Manager: Richard Hird


Reports from the 2023/24 Annual General Meeting
this is a large pdf file so may take a while to load

  We are 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, 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 2024/2025 SEASON

[Evening meetings start at 7.30pm unless indicated]

Do keep in touch via this website, or on the DDOCA Facebook Group, or direct by e-mail

* * * * * * 

Sat. 7th September: Afternoon visit to Reeth Congregational Church - bring a picnic [PT]

Sat. 12th October: Afternoon local organs visits - Tudhoe, Kirk Merrington [RDH]

November: Weekday afternoon visit to Harrison & Harrison Works [RDH]


February: tba

21st March: Recital by Steven Maxson @ Northgate URC [PT]

Fri. 25th April: Dinner at The Black Bull, Moulton [FK/PT]

Sat. 17th May: Full Day Trip tba

Fri.13th June: AGM and Quiz @ St.Mary, Cockerton [JT]


[We hope to e-mail specific details of each event 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.

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 **

Notice of recitals received is now published on the
Association's Facebook page, in effect superseding this Listing.  
Below, the author uses what little information is supplied [less and less], but can take no responsibility for the comprehensiveness or accuracy of what details are given.

    Series at:                                                                                                                        [To chronological list]

2024 summer series on Wednesdays @ 7.30pm to be announced.
Admission £12/£10 concessions.
[E-mail /0191 386 4266 for further information]  Website details:

For previous series of recitals see archive of programmes.

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

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 :
              St.Paul, Winlaton NE216PL [more information 0191 414 3165]
              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.Paul, Jarrow
    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.Margaret, Durham
    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)

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    * 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

IAO Chair:   General Secretary
 Click on title to check out the IAO's website

Organists' Review: Editor - Francis O'Gorman, or use social media
Other Northern Association contacts:

(for programme and membership details)
Newcastle : Webpage ||  Cumbria || Cleveland - now defunct
Organ webpage links

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