Saturday 1st February 2020 at St John’s, Derby and Derby Cathedral
Celebrating Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

Louis Vierne

At St John’s Church, Bridge Street Derby:

2.00 pm: 24 pièces en style libre – a Workshop led by David Cowen
3.45 pm: Tea or Coffee
4.00 pm: Vierne in context – a Talk by Stephen Johns and Tom Corfield
5.30 pm: Sandwich Tea at St John’s Church.
7.00 pm: a Vierne recital given by Alex Binns and Ed Turner

Admission: £12 for whole event: £6 for recital (Afternoon session free for DDOA members)

Afternoon Workshop with David Cowen at St John’s Church, Derby David is a specialist in the 19th and early 20th century French repertoire. He is Associate Organist at Leicester Cathedral and has extensive performing and teaching commitments in the Leicester region.

We welcome players for this part of the day, particularly, but not exclusively, from student organists If you would like to work with David, we ask that you prepare two pieces from 24 pièces enstyle libre. Then please contact Stephen Johns at no later than Monday 13th January, to book your place, tell us the pieces you have prepared and, if necessary, to discuss any queries you may have.

Places are limited so early application is advised. Please note the tutors have DBS certification and we have a nominated Safeguarding Officer. Nearer the date we will send you a specification of the organ at St John’s Derby, a fine Willis 2-manual mechanical action instrument. If you wish to play it in advance of the event please let us know. We hope that players will between them provide some variety for David to work on so, whilst you are welcome to choose one of the better known pieces: e.g. Lied, Berceuse or Carillon, it would be helpful if you could also offer some others to avoid the whole session being on one or two piece.

Saturday, 14th March. Organ Visits
Visit to organs in Repton, Newton Solney and Winsill

St Wyston`s Church Repton
St Mary`s Church Newton Solney


11am Meet at St Wystan`s Church, 7, Willington Road, Repton DE65 6FH. St Wystan`s has a two manual, 23 stop mechanical action organ by Peter Collins, built in 1998. About half of the pipework is by Taylor of Leicester from the old organ.

2pm Meet at St Mary`s Church, DE15 0SJ, Newton Solney. St Mary`s organ is a two, 14 stop mechanical organ by Bevington of Soho, London, recently restored by MJ Thompson, Burton- on- Trent.

3.30pm Meet at St Mark`s Church, Hill Street, Winsill, DE15 0HS. St Mark`s has a 3 manual the church, (possibly the last large three manual organ by JW Walker) He died later in 1870. This organ is of historical interest.

Tuesday, 28th April, Evening Visit

Evening visit to St Edmund`s, Allestree 7pm

St Edmund`s Organ, Allestree






There are two small organs to view: the Compton Miniatura, which lives in the church hall and the two manual 24 stop church organ by Wood of Huddersfield installed in 1977.

We shall start in the church Hall at 7pm where it is hoped that David Redfern will be on hand to demonstrate the organ. The Miniatura was a small extension organ of two ranks, usually flute and diapason, from which a number of pitches are drawn.

At 7.45pm we will transfer to the church to sample the Wood organ. This Neo Baroque instrument is capable of leading a full church and boasts a selection of mutations and mixtures and trumpet rank which extends to 16` on the pedal. There are 365 pipes and four ranks from the four ranks, Pedal Bourdon, Diapason, Stopped Flute and trumpet.

Mike Thompson and Simon Tipping completed work on the organ last year, replacing old keyboards and reworking the stop layout and piston capture system. Two blowers were also moved out of the case for more accessible maintenance.

Saturday, 13th June, Visit to Organs in Lincoln

Visit to St Peter and St Paul RC Church and Lincoln Cathedral

Lincoln Cathedral









Meet at 3pm at Church of St Peter and St Paul, Skellingthorpe Road, Lincoln LN6 7RB. Opportunity for members to play the 2 manual Nigel Church organ.

This organ was installed in May, 2016 to mark the 50th anniversary of the church`s opening. It was originally in Hucknall, then Sedburgh School. David Butterworth recommended the purchase of this instrument and was one of several celebrity organists to give a recital that year. The two manual organ has a rich variety of tone and a magnificent tutti.

5.30pm Attend Choral Evensong at Lincoln Cathedral, Priory Gate, Lincoln LN2 1PL.

6.15- 7.15pm Opportunity for members to meet Colin Walsh and play the Cathedral Organ.

Colin Walsh, whom members will remember was our guest speaker at the annual dinner last year, described this instrument as “The Mighty Willis” This fine 4 manual organ is an example of the work of “Father” Henry Willis and was built in 1898. It has been restored since by Harrison and Harrison in 1998.

Future meetings

Tuesday, 7th July, talk by Richard Brice on Rene Becker at St Peter`s Belper

Monday, 28th September, Seminar on “Organ Practice” led by Dr Tom Corfield at St Matthew`s Darley Abbey.

Saturday, 17th October, Association Lunch, Horsley Lodge

Monday, 16th November, AGM and Chairman`s Evening.

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