Pulling Out The Stops (POTS)

THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL - but do drop us an email if you would like to be put on the waiting list.

OfO's beginner organ course

A friendly, fun, action-packed three days for organists in their early-stages and pianists who want to try the pipe organ. Our inspiring tutors will fire up your enthusiasm, and you’ll have great fun meeting other young musicians.

When? 12th - 14th April 2018

Where? Oundle, Northamptonshire, with a visit to Cambridge

Who? Typical age range is 10-15. Beginner organists (up to grade 5) and those who have never played the organ before, but have achieved about Grade 4 on the piano.

What happens?

  • Inspiring classes on organs in and around Oundle
  • A trip to Cambridge for an ‘organ crawl’ around the college chapels
  • A private recital at King’s College, Cambridge (parents and friends are welcome)
  • Warm and comfortable accommodation and great food at Oundle School
  • The opportunity to hear tutor recitals on Oundle School’s famous Frobenius organ
  • An informal student concert on Saturday 14 April at 2.30pm in Oundle School Chapel – all welcome!


‘I absolutely loved it and learnt lots’ – 2017 POTS student



The fee of £285 covers everything – tuition, accommodation, meals, and transport during the course. For bursary information, see the back of the brochure.

How do I apply?

Click here for all our application form.

‘Thank you for caring for us and for making us feel at home’ – 2017 POTS student

Application Deadline: 28th February

Applications for POTS should be accompanied by a reference from the applicant’s regular keyboard tutor.

Please do not send any money with your application.

Prices include accommodation, transport once in Oundle, and all tuition and meals. Stsudents are expected to arrange their own transport to Oundle. Please do not book transport until you have been accepted on the course and advised of start and finish times.


Ann Elise Smoot

Ann Elise Smoot
 (Course Director) - is the Director of OfO. One of the most sought-after teachers in the UK, she is in frequent demand for master classes both there and in North America. She has performed throughout the United States, Great Britain and Europe, with a repertoire that ranges from the 14th century to the present day. Her recital career was launched by success in two major competitions (including first prize in the American Guild of Organists NYACOP in 1998) and she has received wide critical acclaim for her ability to move between musical eras, styles and genres with sympathy and flair.

Ann Elise is joined by three other tutors, all operating at the forefront of the profession, and all renowned for the inspiring work they do with young musicians.

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Cathy Lamb
- Cathy Lamb is joint Director of Music at Lichfield alongside her husband, Ben.  Her role includes directing the Lichfield Cathedral Girl Choristers and organizing the Cathedral’s exciting singing outreach project entitled ‘Music Share’, which has recently had a hugely appreciated injection of funding from the Stoke and Staffordshire Music Education Hub.  She is also founder/Director of the Lichfield Cathedral Young Voices, which has now expanded to include a Youth section and is particularly well-known for her work as a choral animateur.  Cathy has held Organ Scholarships at Salisbury Cathedral and Sidney Sussex College Cambridge and organists posts at Wells Cathedral and Christchurch Priory.  Cathy’s recital engagements have included many major venues across the country.  She has tutored on several courses for the RCO and the RSCM and is thrilled to be returning to tutor at Oundle.  Cathy is the main accompanist for Salisbury-based choir, Sarum Voices, and is featured on three of their CDs.  Cathy has one solo CD out, recorded on the organ by B.C. Shepherd & Sons at St. Alphage, Burnt Oak (London).

Daniel Moult -
Daniel Moult, “one of the finest organists of our time” (The Organ), is renowned in the UK and abroad for virtuosic, intelligent and engaging performances of repertoire from the 14th to the 21st centuries. His musicianship has been praised as “exhilarating” (Gramophone), “dazzling” (The Organ), and “formidable” (Organists’ Review). Based in London, Daniel is in demand as a soloist and accompanist, broadcasts frequently on BBC Television and Radio and has recorded for various record labels including Fugue State, Sony BMG and Radio Netherlands. He Associate Head of Organ at Birmingham Conservatoire, and is a trustee, examiner andteacher for the RCO Academy. www.danielmoult.com

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David Pipe - 
is Director of the Organists’ Training Programme and Cathedral Organist in the Diocese of Leeds, having been Assistant Director of Music at York Minster. He read Music at Downing College, Cambridge, followed by postgraduate organ studies at the Royal Academy of Music. David performs regularly as organ recitalist, accompanist and conductor, and is an examiner and member of the Academic Board of the Royal College of Organists. www.david-pipe.co.uk

Application forms are available here.