OfO Abroad

Looking for OfO Abroad?

Don’t despair! OfO Abroad will return in 2020.

This year we are delighted to announce production of several new training films for organists. This exciting development is a joint project with the Royal College of Organists, and is generously supported by the Betts Foundation at The University of Oxford.

These films are due to be shot in November 2018, and will be freely available on the internet. They’ll provide help and advice on a wide range of skills needed by organists, and are particularly aimed at those considering applying for organ scholarships.

Last Year's OfO Abroad - Leipzig 2018

A course for advanced organists aged 18 or over

Bach and beyond: historic German organs

Playing on these extraordinary instruments will forever inform your interpretations of Bach and other German composers. Participants in previous OfO Abroad courses have described these experiences as ‘life-changing’.

When? Dates now 9-13th April. (NB - not 12th as advertised in the brochure).

Where? Based in Leipzig, with visits to organs in other cities via train.

Who? Advanced students and young professionals from age 18 to around 26, playing at an advanced level.

NB. Places are limited. Early application is strongly encouraged.

What happens? You’ll visit some of Germany’s most significant organs in and around Leipzig, Naumburg, and Freiberg and study with renowned tutors, including Henry Fairs and Martin Schmeding. Full details of tutors and venues will be posted very soon.


Organ specifications and repertoire suggestions will be sent with confirmation of acceptance on the course. Bach and his contemporaries as well as music by German Romantic composers would be appropriate.


The group will be accommodated in a clean, comfortable hotel in Leipzig. Participants will be in shared (twin) rooms; single rooms may be available (depending on availability) on payment of a supplementary charge.

The fee of £290 will cover:

  • tuition
  • accommodation for three nights in Leipzig
  • all meals (not including alcohol) from the start to finish of the course.

Some bursaries are available; see the back of the brochure for information.

You are responsible for your own travel to and from Germany. Do not book travel until you have been accepted and received the joining information, which contains travel suggestions.

How do I apply?
The online application form can be found here.


Henry Fairs - Head of Organ Studies at Birmingham Conservatoire, and an international performer with strong German links, directs the course.

He is supported by Martin Schmeding, one of Germany’s most sought-after teachers and performers. 

Please do not send any money with your application.