We are delighted to list our SWO members below. Those with profiles are listed before those without profiles.
If you would like to contact a particular member, please email our General Secretary Barbara Kennedy.
Juliette is an organist resident in Ipswich, Suffolk, who has played many recitals in the UK and US. She studied organ at East Carolina University with Carl Stout and at the University of Georgia with Egbert Ennulat. Her recital programmes reflect her considerable experience as an interpreter of German and French organ music. She has been President of Suffolk Organists’ Association. Juliette is keen to be involved in opportunities which open doors for organists to achieve their potential.
Dr Julie Ainscough
LTCL, GTCL, FTCL, MMus, PhD, FRCO, FISM
Julie is Organist at Chilworth Benedictine Abbey, near Guildford. She is also visiting organ teacher at Hampton School and teaches piano and organ privately; a number of her pupils have attained Oxford and Cambridge organ scholarships. Julie studied piano, organ and composition at Trinity College of Music. Subsequently, she gained a Master’s Degree in Composition from Goldsmiths’ College, studied organ with David Sanger, and gained a Doctorate in Composition, with a supporting dissertation on Messiaen’s later organ cycles, from the University of Surrey. Julie has won prizes for composition at Trinity College and at the University of Surrey.
BA Hons, PGCE
Victoria is a musician who took up the organ two years ago in order to help out in the local parish church.
Precious Omosalewa Alapakristi
Precious has been playing the organ for six years, based in Lagos, Nigeria. She started her organ training at Mountain Top Conservatory of Music, Lagos and continued at the Mountain Top University, Nigeria. She took Grade 8 Organ Performance exam conducted by the Associated Board of Royal Music, London in 2021. She has performed the works of reputable composers and recently based her Final Year Project Performance on the works of female organ composers. She is passionate about ladies learning the organ in Africa.
BMus, CertPTC, LLB, LLM
Helene is a piano teacher who received her training in Aachen, Germany. She started her musical career in the early 1990s with focus on chamber music and early years music education. In 1995 she and her musical partner were awarded the Promotion Prize of the Catholic Women Society Germany (KFD) for their research and performance project on forgotten female composers. In 2014 Helene started taking lessons with teachers of the RCO and regularly participates in the RCO's Summer Organ Schools. Since 2020 Helene co-chairs the SWO’s research group on women composers of organ and liturgical works.
Catherine is a British, female organist and has lived in New Zealand since 2021. She is Director of Music at St Mary's Church, Timaru and a trustee of the Zimbelstern Foundation which promotes the organ and organ music to people who may not normally get to experience it.
Stephanie Ann Barth, MM, CAGO, was born and raised in Richmond, VA. She completed her undergraduate degree at Duquesne University (magna cum laude) and her master’s degree at the University of Oklahoma in 2017. Stephanie currently lives with her spouse and their cats, Norman and Sam, in Washington, D.C. Stephanie served recently at St. Mary's Cathedral in Cheyenne, WY. Her biography on Mildred Andrews Boggess is being published in 2022. She continues to research, write, publish, and perform.
Diane Meredith Belcher
Diane Meredith Belcher is an internationally renowned organist, church musician, professor of organ and music theory, choral conductor, and composer who has served at such institutions as Holy Trinity Lutheran/Bach Vespers (New York), Dartmouth College, Saint Mark’s (Philadelphia), Westminster Choir College, and the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ (Philadelphia.) She currently lives in New Hampshire (USA) where she bases her freelance career of performing, teaching, composing, and writing.
Fionagh took up the organ in her mid teens, and began playing for services almost immediately. She had lessons from local church organists and later with George Blackmore FRCO. Currently organist at Aske Chapel on the Aske Estate just outside Richmond, North Yorkshire, Fionagh also freelances in the area for other churches.
Kelsey M Berg serves as the Assistant Organist at St Paul's Episcopal Church in Akron, Ohio, USA and is a doctoral candidate in Organ Performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), studying with Professor Todd Wilson. At CIM and Case Western Reserve University, she teaches secondary organ lessons to both graduate and undergraduate students. Kelsey also maintains a private piano and organ studio, with students of all levels.
Chantal E Berry
Chantal is currently the Organ Scholar at Leeds Minster and is in her final year reading BA Music at the University of Leeds. Formerly a chorister at Sheffield Cathedral, Chantal is keen to maintain the tradition of church music and is especially passionate about equal opportunities in church music. Chantal conducts ‘Solstice’ chamber choir and has a particular interest in Early keyboard music, performing in recitals at Wakefield Cathedral, Ripon Cathedral, Leeds Minster and Adel Methodist Church. After having two compositions performed and recorded by Music in the Round’s Ensemble 360, she has continued to enjoy studying composition at University.
BMus (Oxon), ARCO
Marion Bettsworth is Director of Music at Holy Trinity Church, Hereford. Originally from Lancashire, Marion took up the organ aged 14 at her local church before going on to hold the organ scholarship at Lincoln College, Oxford. Since graduating she has held organist positions at several London churches and at Alexandra Palace. She is accompanist of Ludlow Choral Society and teaches piano at Hereford Cathedral School. Alongside performing and teaching Marion works as a radio producer.