(CANCELLED) Saturday 17th October – 12.00pm for 12.30pm – Annual Lunch Horsley Lodge, Smalley Mill Rd, DE 21 5BL

Alex Binns



Please note that this annual event will be held at lunchtime this year. It is hoped that many members will find favour and convenience with this different time.

Our Guest of Honour will be Alexander Binns, Director of Music at Derby Cathedral. Since his arrival in Derby last year Alex has injected energy and enthusiasm into organising and performing in musical events at the Cathedral and beyond. We are particularly pleased that he promptly volunteered to join the DDOA and to become a committee member. He has rapidly gained respect as a fine player and inspiring teacher. During ‘lockdown’ his energies have been unabated; amongst many activities he has exploited online technology to the full, engaging with singers and creating videos. In parallel with his Cathedral duties he has earned distinction as a performer in numerous venues in Britain and Europe.

Booking: A booking form accompanies the current September newsletter and applications from members to attend should be made by Saturday, 26th September to John Maxwell -Jones, 7 Lime Grove, Chaddesden, Derby DE21 6WN. Please make your booking by Saturday 26th September at the latest.

Horsley Lodge may be reached from the Coxbench and Kilburn exit of the A38 north of Derby.

Monday, 16th November 2020 at 7.30 pm – St Edmund’s Church, Kings Croft, Allestree, Derby DE22 2FN



The chairman’s evening which normally follows the AGM will be cancelled this year. Members are reminded to follow the present protocol for for general safety:

  • Social distancing
  • Mandatory wearing of face masks
  • Hand sanitiser will be available
  • Contact details will be required on arrival and stewards will indicate seating arrangements.
  • No refreshments will be served,  but you may bring your own if desired.


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