Forthcoming Events and Catch Up Videos of Events


Covid-19 has unfortunately disrupted our previous live events, however we will now revert to live events as  it is legal and safe to do so (some 2020 events were cancelled and will be re-scheduled). Our virtual online events may be run together with the live event, technology permitting and can be accessed so easily from any computer, tablet or mobile device. Simply click the link next to the event at the time of the virtual event, accept the prompt ‘join with video and audio’ and join in. You can mute your microphone and turn off your video if you like but we do love to see our members. Events are often recorded for later watching but not always, so we do encourage members to join us LIVE at the time of the event if possible.

Recitals, concerts and other none NDSO organised events can be found towards the bottom of this page.

Please join us at any of the events below:



Friday 29th January 2021

2:00pm Zoom


The event will take the form of a visit to Flentrop Orgelbouw, where we will be welcomed by their chief voicer, Dirk Koomans. The meeting will have an informal air to it. Among other things, he will be demonstrating the process of voicing a new organ pipe from start to finish. VIDEOS OF THIS EVENT:




Tuesday 16th March 2021

7:30pm Zoom


The Lost Tapes of St Mary’s by David Butterworth. Here we will hear a presentation by David Butterworth featuring the choir and organ of St Mary’s church Nottingham as captured in the L.P. recording of 1977, along with a remastered tape of a live concert in Denmark in 1980. VIDEOS OF THIS EVENT:




Tuesday 27th April 2021

7:30pm Zoom


A Tour of Organs and Organ Builders of Leicestershire by David Gabe. David will give a presentation and talk reviewing the history of the organs as well as the organists and organ builders involved.







Monday 17th May 2021

7:30pm Zoom


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Paul Hale’s Interesting Organ Projects by Paul Hale (Cathedral Organist, Conductor, Recitalist and Organ Advisor). Paul will talk us through some of the interesting projects he is working on/has worked on as Organ Advisor including:

St. Peter’s, Wolverhampton
St John’s Ranmoor
St Martin’s, Barcheston
St. Margaret’s, Olton, Solihull
Radley College
Gloucester Cathedral
Christchurch Cathedral, New Zealand
Rochdale Town Hall.



Paul Hale PART 1

Paul Hale PART 2

Monday 28th June 2021

7:30pm Zoom



Mr Nigel Allcoat, known particularly for his improvisations, talks to the society about his life as a musician and organist.

Nigel is recognised as not only a world-class organist, but also as one of the greatest musical figures of our time.” Ripon Cathedral.

‘Nigel is one of the most respected and influential European scholar- performers and teachers of Baroque music’ – Birmingham Town Hall.

Nigel Allcoat PART 1Nigel Allcoat PART 2
Monday 19th July 2021

7:30pm Zoom


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President David Hanford leads this year’s Annual General Meeting over Zoom, with a video review of the past year and a presentation on details of future plans as we look to return to normal business. A look at our finances and a focus on recent marketing events in order to build membership. Roles of office are also formalised here and an opportunity for your questions will be offered.

Click on the link to the left at 7:30pm to join us for the meeting.

2021 AGM notice  
Saturday 18th September 2021

Orgelbüchlein – LIVE EVENT @ 3.00pm


Directions for anyone needing them: On arrival in Halam, see the Waggon pub. Back Lane runs up the side of the pub. The house is fourth on the right, with the flagpole. There is some parking on site for those with walking difficulty. Otherwise, please use the rear pub car park at the bottom of Back Lane, or park outside the church at the top end.

An excellent lunch is available prior to the meeting at the Waggon pub. Best to book in advance.

Covid Restrictions apply – 15 bubbles allowed, 15 pairs or singles, first come first served.

It is requested that – at this our first live event under new guidelines – those attending should still wear masks and as far as practicable observe social distancing.

The Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ Book) BWV 599−644 is a set of 46 chorale preludes for organ — one of them is given in two versions — by Johann Sebastian Bach.

David Butterworth offers members the chance to investigate this set of pieces together at his home in Halam with its own pipe organ, playing a selection of preludes, looking at interpretation, registration, tips on fingering and pedalling, ornamentation. The event is sure to be a hit with organists and organ music fans alike. This event is due to be our first live event following the Covid 19 pandemic and we do encourage you to attend.

Tuesday 5th October, 2021

Manchester Visit – was a LIVE EVENT – videos of the event can be seen here.



The coach departed from Gregory Boulevard, by the entrance to the Park and Ride car park at 09:30. The Forest tram stop is 200 yards away on the other side of the car park.

Fare £25 per person.




The Holy Name Oxford Road – a 3 manual 50 stop instrument originally by William Hill (1871), worked on at various times by Wadsworth and by Jardine. Restored in 2004 by David Wells.

Manchester Cathedral’s new 4 manual, 79 stops “Stoller” organ by Kenneth Tickell installed 2017 with Paul Hale as the consultant.

St Ann’s – 57 stop 4 manual instrument the most recent rebuild was in 1996 by George Sixsmith.


09:30 depart Nottingham by coach.

11:45 – 12:45 lunch in Manchester.

13:00 – 14:00 Church of the Holy Name, Oxford Road.

14:30 – 16:00 Manchester Cathedral.

16:00 – 17:00 St Ann’s Church, St. Ann’s Square

17:30 – 18:15 Evensong (Cathedral)

18:30 Depart for home (arrival in Nottingham approx 21:00)

Wednesday 17th November, 2021

LIVE EVENT – a video of the event can be seen here.

Commenced with a 10:00am visit to Worksop Priory 1974 2 man 28 stop Peter Collins (David Butterworth consultant) overhauled 1996 by Woods.

11:30am – Visit the Goetze and Gwynn workshop on Welbeck Estate. (possible Snetzler house organ in for restoration).

Lunch at the Harley Gallery Cafe, Portland Collection, Harley Café on Welbeck Estate.

2:30pm – Visit Worksop College Keates organ, installed by Walkers 1923, 3man. 35 stops, restored Percy Daniel 1963 and Andrew Carter 2001 (Paul Hale consultant) – Students in attendance to demonstrate.

Saturday 11th December, 2021



10:30am – St Barnabas Catholic Cathedral, Derby Road, Nottingham.

Greg Treloar (Director of Music) will give a talk on “The Challenges and hopes for Catholic Church music in Nottingham and the UK”. Members will then be able to play the cathedral organ, which is a 3 manual organ
built by Norman & Beard in 1913, and worked on by Willis in 1980, Hill Norman and
Beard in 1989 and Henry Groves in 1995. The organ has 44 stops.

12:30pm – Lunch (City Centre)

2:00pm – Castlegate Congregational Church

David Butterworth will host this rare opportunity to see and hear the Castlegate Organ. The organ started life as a house organ, albeit with 4 manuals and 46 stops and was built by Binns. Entrance will be at our members’ OWN risk as the church is still a building site – no water – no toilet – very cold building – please dress appropriately.

Names for entry are required in advance please.

The organ is partly playable, is in mid restoration and members will have the chance to try it out.




Monday 17th January, 2022



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Our Secretary Denis littleton will give a zoom talk on the organ music of César Franck
Saturday 19th February, 2022

Annual Luncheon – LIVE EVENT

Time TBC

Corinthian Restaurant

Goldsmith Street, Nottingham. NG1 5LB

Our annual luncheon now has a fixed date of 19th February 2022 in the wonderful Corinthian Restaurant in Nottingham. This year’s guest speaker will be the celebrated Adrain Partington, English conductor, chorus master, organist and pianist. He is director of music at Gloucester Cathedral, joint conductor of the Three Choirs Festival and artistic director for the Gloucester festival years, director of the BBC National Chorus of Wales, conductor of Gloucester Choral Society, and former conductor of Bristol Choral Society and leader of the postgraduate choral conducting course at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.
Tuesday 15th March, 2022


Coach transport to be organised ASAP.

A reorganised visit to Malvern by Immediate Past President Roger Harrison in partnership with our current President David Hanford. This exciting coach trip has been reorganised following the cancellation due to Covid.

Our trip will include visits to Nicholson’s Organ works, Great Malvern Priory and either Little Malvern Priory or Twyning (TBC).

Registration for live events and any queries should be addressed to


Other Events, News and Information:

Forthcoming Recitals & Concerts

Derby Cathedral

Derby Cathedral events – Bookings via here.


Southwell Minster

Full details of all events, including the programmes can be found here.


Albert Hall, Nottingham

Full details of any events, including the programme and ticketing arrangements can be found here.




Saturday 20th November 2021 @ 7:30pm

St John’s Parish Church, Carrington, Nottingham with Sinfonia Chorale conductor Richard Roddis, plus a piano duet with Philip Robinson.


Saturday 27th November 2021 @ 2:00-4:00pm

Belvoir Castle – Carlton Male Voice Choir, conducted by Ian Watts


Saturday 27th November 2021 @ 7:30pm

St Mary’s Parish Church, Orston, Nottinghamshire – Bingham and District Choral Society with organ and instrumental ensemble conducted by Guy Turner


Saturday 4th December 2021 @ 7pm

Nottingham Albert Hall – Handel Messiah – harpsichord continuo with Nottingham Harmonic Society and Orchestra da Camera, conducted by Richard Laing.


Saturday 4th December 2021 @ 7:30pm

Beeston Methodist Church (Chilwell Road) – Carlton Male Voice Choir concert, conducted by Ian Watts. Tickets on the door.


Saturday 11th December 2021 @ 7:30pm

St Peter’s Parish Church, Ruddington – Ruddington and District Choral Society with organ, orchestra and soloists, conducted by Paul Hayward


Sunday 12th December 2021 @ 4:00 – 6:00pm

Rufford Abbey Courtyard – Carlton Male Voice Choir – Christmas Singalong


Friday 17th December 2021 @ 7:30pm – Available live and streamed live over the internet.

St Jude’s Church Mapperley – Higher A Choir first Christmas Concert, conducted by Ian Watts – Free entry with voluntary donations.


Saturday 18th December 2021 @ 7:30pm – Available live and streamed live over the internet.

St Paul’s Church Carlton, Carlton Male Voice Choir Christmas Festival Concert, conducted by Ian Watts with guests Katharine Dryden and David Machell, with young Music Maker competition winners Magnus Hawker-French (trombone) and Holly King (vocals).

Tickets  available here – LIVE TICKETS / STREAMING TICKETS



Local Church Music Lists

Music lists for these churches are available by following these links:

Southwell Minster Music

St Barnabas RC Nottingham


Past Events

Programme 2017/18

Programme 2016/17

Programme 2015/16

Programme 2014/15

Programme 2013/14