Our programme for 2023 is:

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Saturday 17 February – 10.00am to 5.00pm
Charles Villiers Stanford Day

Join us for a day of talks, performances and a ‘come and sing’ with Derby Cathedral Voluntary Choir to celebrate the anniversary year of the celebrated composer Charles Villiers Stanford. The day is led by the well known scholar of Stanford’s life and works, Jeremy Dibble, from the University of Durham.

09:30 Doors open

10:00 Introduction

10:10 Talk on Instrumental/Organ/Orchestral Works

11:00 Break – Coffee/tea served

11:15 Concert on Instrumental works

12:00 Talk on life of Stanford

12:30 Lunch (bring your own or find in Repton – there are plentiful pubs)

13:30 Registration for ‘Come and Sing’

14:00 Talk on Choral Works

14:30 ‘Come and Sing’ with Edward Turner and Derby Cathedral Voluntary Choir

Music for this can be downloaded below

16:00 Break – Coffee/tea served

16:15 Choral Concert with ‘Come and Sing’ team

17:00 End

Please sign up at to book your space. Tickets are £10 for the morning or afternoon or £15 for all day (payable on the day).  Please note that under 18s must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Thursday 11 April
Visit to Worksop to view the workshop of Goetz and Gwynn, followed by a visit to hear and play the organ at Worksop Priory. More details from
Thursday 25 April – 7.00pm
Understanding Plainsong at the Bridge Chapel in Derby. Would you like to know more about how to read or understand plainsong or discover more about its history? This event is for you. More details from
Saturday 25 May
A day trip to Chesterfield to play a variety of instruments, starting at 10.00am at the Holy Church of the Annunciation, 12.30pm at the Crooked Spire, finishing at Chesterfield Studios at around 2.30pm/3.00pm. There is also a recital by Daniel Bishop (ex Liverpool Cathedral) at the Crooked Spire in the evening.
June – Exact date and time TBC
‘Brush up your skills’ day for church organists. Would you like to polish your service playing skills to ensure your hymn playing is confident, your voluntaries are stylish and your improvisations are interesting? This day is aimed at church organists who want to develop their service playing skills. More details TBC.
July – Exact date and time TBC
A day trip to Macclesfield to play different instruments in the area.
Early September
Join Derby and District Organists’ Association members for a members’ recital. If you are interested in performing in this recital please email with a proposed suggestion of a piece by a composer whose surname begins with any letter from H to N.
Saturday 28 September – Time TBC
Annual Association lunch. More details TBC.
Saturday 9 November – 11.00am – 12.30pm
Annual General Meeting at St Matthew’s Church, Darley Abbey. Followed by the Chairman’s Event. More details TBC.