Cultural Recover Grant Award

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Oundle Music Trust receives lifeline grant from the Government's £1.57bn Cultural Recovery Fund

We were delighted to have been awarded a Cultural Recovery Fund grant of £58,823 to help us face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. This award is a testament to the hard work of our small team and to our importance as a cultural hub within Oundle and the greater East Midlands area. It will enable us to proceed with planning future events as we hopefully emerge from the current crisis.

Oundle Music Trust, which runs Oundle International Festival, Oundle for Organists, Oundle Cinema and Oundle Food Festival, is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. £257 million of investment was announced on 12 October 2020 as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Young Organ Scholars Trust



The Dr Martin Clarke Young Organ Scholars Trust, chaired by OfO's Director Ann Elise Smoot, is searching for a Director.

The Trust was created in 2013 in order to support the training of the next generation of Church Musicians. It is entering an exciting time of expansion, and the Trustees are seeking a Director to lead the process. Please click here to see the job description.

Closing date is 28 February, with interviews in London on 11 March.

2020 Courses Brochure Coming Soon!

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We are very excited to announce that the 2020 courses brochure will be published in late October and ready for your perusal November onwards! With our much loved POTS, and Summer School courses returning we are also delighted to host the OFO Abroad programme too this year. Lots of fantastic tutors have been booked and are thrilled to be sharing their knowledge and expertise with you, all to be revealed very soon...!

New resource for potential organ scholars!

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OfO is delighted to announce that a new series of 8 films is now available to view on our YouTube channel. Produced in partnership with the Royal College of Organists, with generous support from the Betts Fund at Oxford University, the series is entitled A Guide to Organ Scholarships: what to consider and how to prepare. The films are supported by a written document which can be found on the OfO and RCO websites, which gives lots of ideas for further study and textbooks. 

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POTS 2019 was a great success!


Welcoming nearly 30 students, Pulling Out The Stops 2019 was another fantastic course for OfO. The students ranged from 10-16 in age and had the opportunity to play on local organs in Oundle and the surrounding villlages, taught by esteemed professional organ musicians. Many were new to the course and playing the organ for the first time, thrilled us with their ability to take to the instrument and play so beautifully. Others were coming back to learn more and equally wowed us with their aptitude for developing technique and confidence, accentuated in the end of course concert at Oundle School Chapel.

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