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? 16th - 18th April 2020

Where? Oundle, Northamptonshire, with a visit to Cambridge

Who? Typical age range is 10-15. Beginner organists (up to and including grade 5) and those who have never played the organ before, but have achieved at least about Grade 4 on the piano. Contact us if you’re not sure of your standard – we can help.

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, with fantastic pastoral care
  • The opportunity to hear tutor recitals on Oundle School’s famous Frobenius organ
  • An informal student concert on Saturday 18 April at 2.30pm in Oundle School Chapel – all welcome!
‘The first day was made so friendly by the tutors and in my group I was beginning to make friends quickly, which made the week even more enjoyable! – 2019 POTS student 
The fee of £290 covers everything – tuition, accommodation, meals, and transport during the course.* For bursary information, click here.
How do I apply?
Click here for the application form.

Application Deadline: Wednesday 18th March 2020.

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, we will inform you of the payment structure once accepted onto the course.
*Prices include accommodation, transport once in Oundle, and all tuition and meals. Students are expected to arrange their own transport to and from 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 - 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. www.aesmoot.com
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.

Tansy Castledine
Tansy Castledine - Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral; former Oxford organ scholar; lauded choir trainer with a wealth of diverse experience.

Nigel Kerry - Director of Music at Our Lady and the English Martyrs, Cambridge; founding member of the Cambridge Academy of Organ Studies; busy and
varied recital and recording career.

Richard Pinel
Richard Pinel - Fellow and Director of Music, Jesus College, Cambridge; former Assistant Director of Music, St George’s Windsor; prize-winning recitalist.