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Centenary Projects

The Association has initiated the following five exciting new projects to celebrate its Centenary Year in 2021.

Centenary Scholarships

Friday, 1 January 2021

Centenary Scholarship entry requirements, benefits, application procedure, and terms and conditions.

Saturday, 2 January 2021

Centenary Organ Book

Monday, 1 March 2021

NDOA Centenary Organ Book.

The Centenary Organ Book will consist of a variety of suitable organ compositions by members and well-known local composers. Committee member Lee Dunleavy has kindly agreed to project-manage its production.

Banks Music has kindly agreed it would be prepared to produce and promote the book, and it is hoped that the winning entries in our Centenary Composition Competition will be included in the publication.

The Organ Book will have a projected sale price of £10-12, with a reduction for Association members.

Centenary CD

Thursday, 1 April 2021

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N&DOA: A Short History

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

N&DOA: A Short History

The story of NDOA’s history over the last 100 years is fascinating, and something which will interest members, friends and anyone with an eye for the musical and social history of the town and district.

NDOA is fortunate to have a virtually complete set of papers, including minutes, newsletters, programmes and press cuttings, and this short history will draw on those sources and on personal recollections to illustrate the development of the association from its foundation in 1921 to the present day.

The history will take the form of a special edition of the Association’s Newsletter and will be available free of charge to members, and for general sale, later in the year.

Centenary Composition Competition - Entries closed - Winners Announced 4 July 2021

Sunday, 4 July 2021

NDOA 100 YEARS: 1921 - 2021


We were delighted to receive a large number of entries to our Centenary Composition Competition, for a fanfare for solo organ. The standard of entries was uniformly high, and it was a very difficult decision to select the winner in each category.

However, we are delighted to announce that in the adult category the winning entry is Fand-Fare by Colin Ashworth, and Flourish for an Occasion by Michael Chamberlain is the winning entry in the student category. Colin lives here in Northamptonshire and is a Fellow of both the Royal College of Organists and the London College of Music, as well as a long-standing member of NDOA.

Michael lives in neighbouring Buckinghamshire and is the Organ Scholar-elect at the University of St Andrews, where he will work under Director of Chapel Choirs, Claire Innes-Hopkins, formerly of Peterborough Cathedral.

The sheet music for the two fanfares will be included in our forthcoming Centenary Organ Collection, which we hope will be released courtesy of Banks Music Publications in the Autumn (though - like so many things - Covid-19 continues to have an impact on progress). Watch this space for details of the Collection, and of the publication of additional organ works written in honour of the Centenary which are too large to be included.