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Teachers and Practice Organs

by Michael Ford last modified 11 Jul, 2011 05:12 PM

Organ tuition: getting started, where to go, list of teachers, instruments to practice on.

You may have been attracted to playing the organ by hearing a recording or someone playing. You may have tried to learn yourself and found it difficult to know where to start. Taking regular lessons with a good teacher will ensure that you progress steadily with a correct technique that will enable you to develop as a player of one of the most exciting instruments in the world!

Finding a good teacher may be difficult and so here on the left you will find a list of recommended teachers who will be happy to advise you on your next step to positive learning.

Young Organists are able to take lessons with teachers on our list at a subsidised rate. The Tindall Trust will fund regular weekly or two-weekly lessons so that pupils pay £10 per 30-minute session. The trust will also pay for any costs for hiring the organ for the lessons. To be eligible for this funding, pupils must be of school age, ie. between 7 and 18.

Volunteer Organists are also financially supported by The Tindall Trust. These are pianists who have been asked to play at their parish church and need a course of lessons on basic playing techniques, advice about repertoire and how to manage the organ console.

Finding an Organ for Practice

After finding a teacher, you will need to find an instrument to practise on. Your teacher may be able to advise you on this and there are always churches willing to help.  The organ needs to be in a mechanically sound condition and ideally have a modern pedal-board and two manuals. A pipe organ with mechanical action would be the best option as this will help you to develop your sense of touch.

 

List of Organ Teachers

This list will be gradually added to and should you know of a good teacher in your area, please let me know and I will contact them to ask if they would like to be included on this list.

If you would like to be put in touch with a teacher in your area or would like more details about the Tindall Trust funding for organ lessons, please contact me and I will then give you their contact details.

Chippenham
David Dewar

Edington
Bernard Newman

Lyme Regis
Richard Godfrey
Download the latest Lyme Regis Organ School dates from the 'Resources' box on the left (below 'In This Section').

Romsey Abbey
Robert Fielding

Salisbury
Robert Fielding
Alison Hogg

Trowbridge
David King

Sherborne
The English Organ School (Advanced Players)
Paul Ellis
John Radford (Wimborne St. Giles)

Weymouth
David Bruce Payne

To respect the privacy of the organ teachers listed here, please make initial contact via Robert Fielding:
07879 443060, rcfielding@googlemail.com

Practice Organs

It is often difficult to find a church to practise that is convenient and that has an organ in good working order. On this page, you will find a list of churches who have instruments in good repair and who have also indicated their willingness for organists to use their facilities for practice and teaching.

St Mary, Potterne
2 manual & pedal Binns tracker manuals, EP pedals.

St Michael & All Angels, Melksham
3 manual TP Conacher, tonally unchanged since 1880.

St John's, Tisbury
3 manual 'Father Willis'.

Sarum College
19 The Close, Salisbury
2 manual mechanical action Kenneth Jones.
2 manual mechanical action Vincent Woodstock.
£3 per hour
01722 424800 to book into the diary.

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