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North East Derbyshire Organ Society proudly celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year. The occasion was marked on Wednesday 15th April when the society’s President, Andrew Nix, performed a special Anniversary concert which attracted a large audience and was attended by several of the original founder members.
Members of the audience were welcomed with a glass of sherry to toast the society’s success and during Andrew’s performance a video presentation showed pictures of various events, members, and some of the artistes who had appeared during the past 25 years.
Members received a gift of a commemorative CD. All in all, it was truly a night to remember and a wonderful celebration of the society’s quarter century.
NEDOS was founded in April 1984 when a small group of organ enthusiasts met in the late Ron Woodall’s music shop in Staveley, Chesterfield. Professional players were engaged to perform concerts at several local venues each time gaining more members. As the membership increased it became clear that a regular meeting place was needed and The Markham Hall (or Miners Welfare) in Staveley was eventually chosen.
The society continued to grow into what is now one of the best known and most highly respected organ societies in the country, with currently over 200 members which includes some of those original founders.
Regular social evenings are held in The Markham Hall where the society’s own two-manual organ is available for members to play, and concerts featuring professional artistes are presented each month.
Over the past 25 years almost all of the organ world’s top UK players as well as a number of International keyboard stars have appeared in concert at NEDOS. Those concerts still take place on the third Wednesday of every month and regularly attract members and visitors from Chesterfield and the surrounding area, and as far as South and West Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.
We don’t do Rap and we don’t do Heavy Metal but otherwise our music includes a huge variety of styles and sounds and it’s not just organ music - modern instruments can reproduce the sounds of a full symphony orchestra, a jazz band or even a choir! So if you enjoy tuneful music played live why not come along to our concerts at 8:00pm on the third Wednesday of every month – everyone is welcome!
Other events arranged for NEDOS members include an annual “Musical Weekend” and they recently presented their 10th Annual Musical Weekend when members returned to The Savoy Hotel in Skegness, Lincs.
The weekend, a mini festival, was originally conceived as a special one-off event for members to mark the Millennium but, such was its success, a repeat was requested. Our Musical Weekend quickly became an eagerly awaited event in the society’s calendar and is usually fully booked from one year to the next!
As more members asked to attend it became necessary to move from our original venue, The County Hotel to the larger Savoy Hotel just a little further along the seafront and this has been our regular venue for the past five years.
Many of the organ world’s top stars have appeared during the past 10 years and this year was no exception when in April we were entertained by Janet Dowsett, Andrew Nix, Anthony Lomas, Glyn Madden and, the Maestro himself, Brian Sharp.
It was another superb weekend of music, fun and laughter during which guests were presented with a small gift to commemorate the 10th event and also as a token of the society’s appreciation for their support.
As in past years, almost everyone re-booked for next year before leaving and only 2 rooms remain available for 2010!
So far as we are aware, NEDOS was, and is still, the only organ society in the country to arrange and present its own festival.
As well as their weekends, they also present many charity concerts which have already raised several thousands of pounds for a variety of deserving causes which include Ashgate Hospice, St John’s Ambulance Brigade and Miracles to Believe In.
Details of concerts and other activities can be found on our web site or telephone on 01246 274929 or email
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