Our Patrons: The Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham, The Bishop of Nottingham, Sir David Lumsden MA DPhil MusB

To JOIN please email our Secretary Denis Littleton at ndsosecretary@gmail.com


Welcome to the website of the Nottingham & District Society of Organists (NDSO)


Affiliated to the Incorporated Association of Organists (IAO)

You may have been guided here by our letter appeal or by hearing one of our members speaking on BBC Radio Nottingham: welcome!

Watch our video about the society by clicking the link below:

NDSO Promotional Video

Welcome to our website, please do take a look around all the interesting organ related items here. Click here for details of our all exciting society events and recital/concert lists. The Events Page also includes links to videos of recent events on Zoom, please enjoy! Or you can see the videos of recent virtual events directly here.


A Warm Welcome From Our President

Dear Organist/Music lover,

On behalf of the Nottingham & District Society of Organists (N.D.S.O.) I am extending a warm invitation to you to consider joining our group of enthusiastic individuals, all with a love of the classical organ and its music. Our society has been in existence since 1932 and, I am glad to say, we are still alive and active in 2021!

Let me tell you more about us…
For a modest annual subscription that doesn’t break the bank there are great opportunities to enjoy all the benefits of membership. We organise regular events throughout the year, typically one meeting per month, but we appreciate that busy people have many commitments…just come along when you are able!
Our events take many forms, both online and in person…. here are just a few:

  • Visits to organs in the local area – to listen to or play instruments of interest.
  • Visits to organs further afield – around the UK or sometimes even abroad.
  • Workshops – a guest speaker presenting on a subject related to the instrument, its music,
    composers, and playing techniques.
  • Charity events – an audience is invited to listen to or take part in a fund raising event.
  • Member recitals – volunteers perform for other members.
  • Annual Lunch – a meal together at a Nottingham restaurant for members and guests, with a
    distinguished guest speaker.
  • Non organ events – visits arranged to local places of interest.

Other benefits of membership include meeting likeminded people who share advice and encouragement on organ related matters, developing their skills both by listening to others and playing themselves in a supportive environment, as well as access to many instruments, ranging from home installations to cathedral organs. We encourage players of all abilities to get involved. Being a member of the NDSO is something we hope you will really enjoy for all its many benefits, but none more than making new friends and contacts within the local organ world. We also produce “Soundboard”, a glossy newsletter keeping you in touch and packed with articles of interest, including reviews of recent events and details of future meetings and recitals. Back issues of Soundboard and other useful information can be found on our this website.

Whether you are a professional organist or recitalist, church musician, student organist, home player, keen amateur, or simply someone who just enjoys the organ and its music, we are very keen to have you join us. Take a look at our recent video, to show you more of what we do.

We do hope to hear from you soon to take advantage of free membership until 30 June 2022. Just email our Secretary, Denis Littleton, at ndsosecretary@gmail.com to confirm your interest in joining us. If you are not ready to commit to membership just yet then why not join us as our guest at a forthcoming event, when you can experience our activities first hand. Denis will be delighted to provide you with further details. I am sure you will enjoy it!

Kind regards,
David Hanford







David Hanford (President 2020/21) – email: david.hanford@btinternet.com

Try Us Out?

Maybe there is an event that you’d like to try to see if our society is for you, please contact us and we can arrange for you to attend as a guest giving us the opportunity to show you that we are a friendly bunch with loads to offer!

Join Us

We’d love you to join us! – our annual subscription is only around £20.  To join the Society please email our Treasurer Richard Eaton Email: treasurer@nottsorganists.org.uk or our Hon. Secretary Denis Littleton Email: secretary@nottsorganists.org.uk

We openly welcome everyone interested in the pipe organ to the society; be they a professional player, amateur player or simply a lover of the pipe organ and its music.

We are a very active society with plenty of interesting and varied visits to see, listen to and play organs from large cathedral organs to small house organs, mainly pipe but also electronic, we also run virtual events which can be attended without leaving your home.

We run and take part in educational lectures, talks and presentations, recitals, workshops and master classes, organ and organ builder visits, organ crawls as well as enjoyable social events.

The society offers an opportunity for members to meet fellow enthusiasts sharing a common interest in the pipe organ whilst gaining access to members who can deputise, teach or advise on the organ (and its digital equivalent) as well as advertising organist appointment opportunities.

We publish a termly newsletter called ‘Soundboard‘ full of fantastic information about all things organ, reviews of our events and articles. Recent issues can be accessed via the website menu.

The Society was established in 1932 and continues to be one of the most active and successful Organ Societies in the UK.

R.I.P. John Catlin

We were saddened to hear of the passing of an active member of the society in May 2022 and say a sad goodbye. to member John Catling who was always full of life at our events with his wit and music and who will be sadly missed by us all. We wish his wife Jo and family our sincere condolences. John can be seen in playing in the picture below. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.


R.I.P. Hugh Wayman

Although not a member of our society, Hugh was for a long time a stalwart of the local organ world and friend to many of us. Hugh passed away on 1st June. His contribution to the local organ scene was fabulous and this notably included the founding of the St Hugh’s Choir School in Tollerton where he had lived with his mother. One of his pupils was Lindsay Gray who of course went on to become internationally known at King’s Cambridge and then as Director of Music at the R.S.C.M.

N.D.S.O. Promotional Video – take a look at what we’ve been up to:


A Warm Welcome to Our New Members!

The Society has recently been working hard to promote to encourage new membership in 2021 and we are thrilled and pleased to warmly welcome the following new members who have all take up our introductory offer, these include Directors of Music, Organists, Choral Conductors, Church Musicians, Organ Students and Organ Fans:

Ascend Jiang, Chris Ebbern, Stephen Bullamore, Tony Brown, Kevin Calladine, Thomas Gibson, Carolyn Simmonds, Robert Taylor, Gregory Treolar, Elliott Walker and Dorothy Thompson.

We have challenged ourselves to go further so please do spread the word!

Young Organists Bursary Scheme

We are pleased to currently be supporting two young organists in our bursary scheme, one locally in Nottingham and the other at Rotherham Minster both being taught by excellent teachers of the organ. If you know of a youngster below the age of 18 that is interested in taking up lessons or progressing lessons on the pipe organ and requires financial assistance for lessons, music, exams, etc then please do look at our Bursary Scheme page for more info. We’d be pleased to hear from you in order to consider any applications.

N.D.S.O. Ties – Get Yours Now!

Only a few Society ties remain available from David Butterworth at the very reasonable price of £5.00 each. They come in striking Blue or Burgundy and feature our logo. This is a tie that you can wear with pride to any NDSO event or indeed a concert to indicate to everyone that you are a valued member of our wonderful Society. Get one before they are all sold out!

Changes to this website

This website is managed by Ian Watts (ianctms@gmail.com), please email Ian to request changes to the site.


The NDSO has a Facebook page that you can join to track local news from the society, please click the blue ‘f’ sign below and on the bottom of any of the pages of this website to take you to our Facebook page and please do give us a thumbs up or like our page to join.