Wednesday 30th October 2019 at 7.30pm. St John’s Church, Mickleover DE3 9HD
Organs in Denmark – An audio-visual presentation


In March 2016 David Butterworth organised a mega-tour of Denmark organs for the Nottingham and District Society of Organists. The week-long tour took in choir concerts, recitals, a visit to the Marcussen organ factory and visits to 39 organs, many of which members were able to play. For all participants, travelling the length and breath of the country, this was a memorable tour for its sounds, images, historic locations and above all for opportunities to meet friendly and welcoming Danish musicians.

Denis Littleton and Laurence Rogers will recapture the fascination and amazement of the visits together with the heart-warming community activities encountered in the Danish world of church music. All will be brought back to life with a selection of photographs and video recordings taken on the tour.

Monday 11th November 2019 at 7.15pm. St John’s Methodist Church, Allestree DE22 2QL
AGM followed by a Talk by Stephen Alliss

Stephen Alliss
Stephen Allis
Stephen is Head Tuner for the organ builders Harrison & Harrison. Having worked for H&H for many years he has experienced tuning problems all over the country, from regular maintenance and tuning in small churches to being on stand-by at Kings during the Nine Lessons and Carols. Having worked on the new organ at Canterbury Cathedral this year, he will spend the beginning of 2020 assisting the tonal finishing of the recently overhauled organ at Salisbury Cathedral. Stephen has an engaging personality and can be relied upon to offer a unique insight into the tuner’s world.
Saturday 1st February 2020 at St John’s, Derby and Derby Cathedral
Celebrating Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

Louis Vierne
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 Derby Cathedral:
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 pieces.

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