We are delighted to list our SWO members below. Those with profiles are listed before those without profiles. Should you wish to contact one of our members, please email our General Secretary, Barbara Kennedy, and she will put you in touch with the relevant member.
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.
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.
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 Assistant Director of Music at St Michael’s Church, Highgate. 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 positions at several London churches and at Alexandra Palace. Alongside her work as an organist, accompanist and conductor, Marion works part-time in arts administration.
Currently a mature BMus student at Glasgow University (graduating 2023) with Piano as main instrument, Marsha is a cover Organist for Sunday services in and around Ayrshire. While a student, she also plays for the weekday morning services at Glasgow University Memorial Chapel. Previously a Secondary School Art Teacher, Marsha’s interests extend to composition, sound art and experimental music.
MSc, LTCL, DipCSM
FRCO, BA, BMusED
Alana is the Assistant Organist at Lincoln Cathedral. Hailing from Australia, she began her organ studies at St Peter’s Cathedral in 2011 under direction of the Assistant Organist, Mark Joyner. Alana moved to Dorset in 2015 to take up the position of Organ Scholar at Milton Abbey School, where she gained her ARCO before moving to Ripon Cathedral as Organ Scholar. Alana regularly conducts and accompanies the Cathedral Choir in Lincoln, and is in charge of the Lincoln Cathedral Consort. She teaches theory to the choristers and trains the probationers. Alana has performed recitals in York, Bournemouth, London and Ripon. During the coronavirus pandemic, she became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, being awarded the Turpin/Durrant prize.
Eleanor is an organist based in Cambridge, where she is Senior Organ Scholar at Clare College. For the last two years, she has also played the organ for King's Voices, the mixed choir of King's College. Eleanor frequently gives recitals in Cambridge, and in other venues around the country. As well as accompanying evensong several times a week, Eleanor accompanies Clare College Choir on their busy international touring schedule and for their broadcasts, and has also played on the choir's most recent disc, 'O lux beata Trinitas'.
MA (Cantab), FRCO, LRAM, PGCE
Fiona is a freelance organist and pianist, and organ and piano teacher at Cheltenham Ladies' College. She has combined a class teaching career (full-time for 8 years, and later part-time at junior schools and Gloucestershire College) with many years of piano and organ teaching; being Director of Music at St Peter's, Winchcombe for 26 years (a choir of 40+ adults and children); accompanying choral societies and giving concerts and recitals in many churches, halls and cathedrals. Fiona loves choral conducting; perhaps her favourite musical experience was directing Britten's Noyes's Fludde for the Winchcombe Team of Parishes.
Ann is Director of Music at Christ Church, Frome, a position she has held since 1999. Her varied portfolio career consists of giving piano lessons, accompanying a choral society, playing the organ for weekly school services, directing rehearsals, accompanying services and soloists, and occasionally playing continuo in local concerts. Ann won the BBC Radio 3 Breakfast Carol Competition in 2015 with her carol, 'Comes the Light'.