The Derby & District Organists’ Association members are people who enjoy:

  • listening to organ music, or
  • playing the organ, or
  • learning more about local organs, or
  • discovering more about the world of organs, its music and people

If you think you will enjoy any of these pleasures or wish to discover more, you are very welcome to our meetings; You don’t have to be an organist! If you become a member, you will automatically be informed about our meetings and receive a regular newsletter. Students are welcome and Student membership is free.

Meetings – There are usually nine each year including:

  • Talks on an organ topic by members or a guest speaker.
  • Visits and outings further afield to see and play renowned and sometimes historic instruments.
  • An annual dinner with guest speaker.
  • A talk/recital, sometimes involving a choir or other outside performers.

Newsletter – Published bi-monthly, this contains notices and reports of meetings and local musical events, articles on organ topics contributed by members, and news of people and music in the organ world.
There is an optional opportunity to subscribe to the nationally produced Organists’ Review magazine published by the Incorporated Association of Organists, the national body to which the DDOA is affiliated.

Social opportunities – The friendly atmosphere of our events gives the chance to share ideas and help with like-minded people and is always enjoyable. The DDOA is the second oldest in the country, founded in 1904, and one of about 70 affiliated associations spread around the country.

The annual membership fee is £20 (free to students in full-time education). Download an enrolment form, or contact, Gillian Chatto, Hon. Treasurer, at DDOAtreasurer@gmail.com

“If you wish to gift-aid your subscription, please download the Gift Aid form, and include it with your application.”

A greeting from the Chairman, Alexander Binns

As the appointed Chairman of the Association, it is a pleasure to welcome you to our website of long established Derby and District Organists’ Association.  The aims of the Association have changed little over the last hundred years, and I am pleased to have been elected to lead the Association through 2023 and 2024.

The programme of activities for the year, which shall be announced shortly, offers a range of musical and educational opportunities for members of the Association and the general public, during which I hope to meet both members and those visiting our events for the first time.

I have been passionate about the organ and its literature ever since I was a young child, and I am lucky to have been able to forge a career as a professional organist and choral director. As Director of Music at Derby Cathedral, I am custodian of the Cathedral’s Compton organ and in charge of the Cathedral’s established musical traditional; including the Cathedral Choir, the Music in Schools programme and our series of organ recitals, which take place each summer. The Cathedral also houses the Jennings Chamber organ, a fine four-stop instrument which is owned by the DDOA and build by Robin Jennings in 2022 in memory of the late and well-loved Association member, Edmund Stow.

I trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London under the tutelage of David Titterington and Susan Landale, and I have previously held appointments at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral, St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle and the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Alongside my work at the Cathedral, I lead a busy freelance career as an organist, conductor and accompanist.

I look forward to meeting you at one of our events soon.

Affiliated to the Incorporated Association of Organists (IAO)


1. Your personal data – what is it?
The Derby and District Organists’ Association (hereafter “the DDOA” – contact details below) collects contact details from its members, which include name, email address, telephone number, postal address and organ duties. From 25 May 2018, the processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

2. How do we process your personal data?
The DDOA complies with its obligations under the GDPR by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data.

The DDOA uses personal data for the following purposes: –

  • to administer membership records;
  • to promote the interests of the association;
  • to maintain its own accounts and records;
  • to inform members of news, events and activities of the DDOA, of
  • neighbouring organists’ associations, and of the IAO

3. What is the legal basis for processing your personal data?
The DDOA relies on the legal basis of contract and explicit consent identified by the GDPR to keep its members and others with whom it has contact informed of news, events, and activities of the association and the IAO.

4. Sharing your personal data
Personal data will be treated as strictly confidential. The DDOA may share some or all of your personal data with the IAO, but they will never share personal data with third parties without your consent.

5. How long do we keep your personal data?
The DDOA keeps personal data for as long as a member remains in the membership of the DDOA. Personal data will no longer be stored once membership has ceased.

6. Your rights and your personal data
Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data: –

  • the right to request a copy of your personal data which the DDOA holds about you;
  • the right to request that the DDOA corrects any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date;
  • the right to request that your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for the DDOA to retain such data;
  • the right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time;
  • the right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to request a restriction is placed on further processing;
  • the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Where you request that data be corrected or erased, it will be the responsibility of the Secretary of the DDOA (details below) to inform the IAO of these details.

7. Further processing
If the DDOA wishes to use members’ personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Data Protection Notice, then the DDOA will provide members with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions.

8. Contact Details
To exercise all relevant rights, queries or complaints, in the first instance please contact the DDOA Secretary, Mr Andrew Storer, 33 Radcliffe Drive, Derby, DE22 3LB or email storer35@btinternet.com

Members can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office on 0303 123 1113 or via email https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/email or at the Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF.

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