Forthcoming Events and Catch Up Videos of Events


The NDSO hosts a variety of live and online events. Recordings of these events will be promptly uploaded to YouTube if feasible. To join a virtual event, simply click the link provided next to the event, accept the prompt to ‘join with video and audio,’ and participate. While you have the option to mute your microphone and turn off your video, we always enjoy seeing our members. While events are often recorded for later viewing, we encourage members to join us live whenever possible for the best experience.

Further 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:


24th January, 2024 – EVENT – 7:30pm


Andrew Caskie of Nicholson Organ Builders tells us about the company projects on the go and plays the Halam organ. Event at Halam Court.
17th Febuary, 2024 – EVENT – 1:00pm


Corinthian Restaurant

Goldsmith Street, Nottingham. NG1 5LB.

Annual Lunch with speaker TBC
March 2024 – Date & Time TBC Organs of the A60 – we visit two organs off the A60 (Mansfield Road Nottingham)
27th April 2024 – time tbc James Lancelot (ex Durham/Worcester) at Halam Court
May 2024 – Date & Time TBC – coach trip Durham Visit to Harrisons & Harrisons Organ builders

2023 – past events

23rd January, 2023 – EVENT – 7:30pm


A zoom presentation entitled ‘MY LIFE WITH THE ORGAN’ from John Kitchen MBE. John is the Edinburgh City Organist as well as a conductor, early music scholar and music educator.
Saturday 25th February, 2023 – 1:00pm


Corinthian Restaurant

Goldsmith Street, Nottingham. NG1 5LB.

Annual Luncheon in the wonderful Corinthian Restaurant in Nottingham. This year’s guest speaker will be the academic and musician Professor David Baker

David set up the Halifax Organ Academy

Wednesday 22nd March, 2023 – Time TBC

LIVE EVENT – date changed to 6th September


Come and play the organs at St Helen’s Burton Joyce (Principle Pipe Organs of York – 2 manual) and St Mary’s Lowdham (Cousans – 2 manual) followed by a kind invite for by tea and cakes by members Jan Hewitt and David Machell at their beautiful home nearby.
Monday 22nd May  – Zoom Event


Join This Zoom Meeting – click at the time of event

This meeting will be a film show, “Organ Stops” is feature documentary about the crisis facing Britain’s provincial pipe organs told through the stories of enthusiasts trying to save them. Combining observational filming with archive, it’s a multi-layered story of empire, craftsmanship and musical passion.  Key protagonist, organ builder, Martin Renshaw travels the UK trying to save valuable pipe organs often just one step ahead of the bulldozers.  In one church he meets sprightly 95-year-old Blanche Beer, a pit village organist who’s played the instrument for over 80 years. She tells us her extraordinary story of life at the centre of a vibrant working class musical culture that’s now fading from history.

The film follows the work of other enthusiasts trying to save instruments: Dominc Gwynn salvaging very old instruments; a Mancunian sound engineer buying up pipes from eBay to rebuild a Holdich in his bedroom; and an avant-garde composer using the unique acoustic properties of organs to create new music for a new audience.

Saturday 3rd June, 2023 – 10.30am

‘Organs of the Derwent Valley’

Starting at St Peter’s, Belper at 10:30am for coffee


A visit to THREE Derwent Valley organs – including St Peter’s Belper, St Michael’s, Holbrook and All Saints, Alderwasley. Lunch at the community pub The Spotted Cow in Holbrook of which one of the organists of these churches is a contributor.
Saturday 17th June, 2023 – 3:00pm


Music for Violin and Organ, at Halam Court with Alex (Derby Cathedral) and Dora Binns. Programme TBC.
Tuesday 18th July  – 5:30pm Our AGM will be held at Bramcote St Michael & All Angel’s Parish Church with an informal but exciting opportunity to play on the Cousans organ (with its detached console and Chimes!) afterwards – bring your music along. Tea & Cake duly included.
Saturday 28th October  8:30am-5:30pm


8:30am Depart Forest Park & Ride entrance on Gregory Boulevard
8:45am Pick up at The Nurseryman, Derby Road, Bramcote
10:30am Visit Pershore Abbey, with the opportunity to play the organ
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Depart Pershore
2:00pm Arrive Great Witley
3:30pm Depart Great Witley
5:30pm Arrive Nottingham

This event takes the form of a visit to the new organ by
Fratelli Ruffatti at Pershore Abbey, installation of which was completed on May 2023.
Followed by a visit to the organ at Great Witley.
The organ at Pershore has a distinctly European flavour (see specification on page 6), with
34 stops on 3 manuals.
Great Witley by way of contrast is built in the late baroque style more usually found in
southern Germany and Italy. It is believed to be to a design by James Gibbs. The organ is by
Nicholson and has 3 manuals and 28 stops. It was awarded a historic organ certificate in
1999.A minibus has been arranged the cost will be £25 per person.
Saturday 18th November, 11:00am  Halam Court, starting at 1100.
Colin Walsh (Organist Laureate at Lincoln Cathedral) reminisces.
Followed by linch at the Waggon & Horses, Halam.

Registration for live events and any queries should be addressed to


Other Events, News and Information:

Singing For Health and Come and Sing Evensong

One of our members Martin Rhodes is running two exciting events from St Mary’s Plumtree. The first is a ‘Singing for Health event on 3rd Feb 2024 at 10:30am-midday – further info here and the second is a ‘come and sing’ evensong on 25th February where you can take part in the singing or just come to listen – further details on the content here. Contact Martin directly at to here more or sign up for one of these events.


Forthcoming Recitals, Concerts and other organ news

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.


Wollaton Hall Organ

Many of you will know that Wollaton Hall has an organ in the gallery of the great hall.  During the past few months NDSO member Wendy Smith has been volunteering at the Hall and demonstrating the organ.  She plays for just 10 minutes (as her husband is the organ blower!) and then visitors are invited to come to the gallery to learn about the organ’s history.
The organ was restored in 1981 by Noel Mander and in 1995 by Goetze & Gwynn and it will come as no surprise to know that another NDSO member David Butterworth has been prominent in preserving this historic instrument. The instrument is demonstrated periodically by Wendy and performances are usually well attended (around 80) especially in the afternoons so please contact Wendy if you’d like to hear the instrument played to find out about her next session.
The organ needs tuning and Wendy is currently trying to raise the funds for Goetze & Gwynn to do this.  She has raised £516 of the £600 plus VAT needed.  Wendy has also produced a leaflet on the history of the organ which she is selling online for a £2 donation to help raise the funds.  If you would like one and would like to support her cause, please email



Saturday 18th May 2024

St Peter’s Parish Church, Ruddington @ 7.30pm

Ruddington and District Choral Society with keyboard continuo, orchestra, vocal soloists, conducted by Paul Hayward

Haydn The Creation (reduced orchestration)

Monday 9th December 2024

St Peter’s Church, Ruddington @ 7.30pm

Michael Overbury – organ accompanist

Come-and-Sing with Ruddington and District Choral Society conducted by Paul Hayward, with vocal soloists

Handel Messiah 


Southwell Minster ORGAN RECITALS:

The programme can be found here


Carlton Male Voice Choir

Conducted by NDSO member and Past President 2017/18 – Ian Watts







Further choir details here. This excellent local male voice choir are always looking for new members!

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 2022

Programme 2020/21

Programme 2017/18

Programme 2016/17

Programme 2015/16

Programme 2014/15

Programme 2013/14