Our Members

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.

Juliette Adams BMus, MFA

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.

Marion Bettsworth BMus (Oxon) ARCO

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.

Dr Julie Ainscough  LTCL, GTCL, FTCL, MMus, PhD, FRCO, FISM

Helene works as an organist and choir master at the Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady of Hal, Camden. Her focus is on providing holistic music education to everyone and fostering communities through music-making. She discovered organ playing when working with churches. Helene has worked in Aachen and Frankfurt, Germany, as a pianist and organist, and as a piano and music teacher for music schools, primary schools, and secondary schools. Since living in the UK, she has started a second career in law and publishes and lectures in law and music.

Helene Albrecht BMus CertPTC LLB LLM

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. 

Fiona Brown MA (Cantab) FRCO LRAM PGCE

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'.

Ann Burgess 

Alana is Organ Scholar at Ripon 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. She gives regular recitals around Yorkshire, and will be continuing at Ripon Cathedral as Assistant Organist in September. Alana regularly conducts and accompanies the cathedral choir, and is organising the choir tour to Germany in July 2019.

Alana Brook ARCO BA BMusED

Morwenna Campbell-Smith is Director of Music at St Mary’s, Frittenden, in the Weald of Kent. She was previously a choir director and rota organist around many churches in North London, having transitioned from pianist to organist as an adult. Her teachers include Gerdi Troskie and Frederick Stocken. Morwenna’s website, The Lady Organist (www.theladyorganist.com), has an international following, as does her Twitter feed (@theladyorganist). As a music journalist she has written for Organists’ Review, and she is Editor and Content Manager for iRCO, the Royal College of Organists' online learning campus. Morwenna also writes StopPress, the RCO’s official blog.

Morwenna Campbell-Smith MA FRSA

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'.

Eleanor Carter

Mary began learning the organ at St John’s Church, Buxton, then at 16 at the Royal Manchester College of Music under Ronald Frost. As Organ Scholar at Girton College, Mary studied with Peter le Huray. Alongside her school teaching career, Mary is a church organist and choir trainer and has taught a significant number of organ pupils. Giving regular organ recitals, she is passionate about enabling young people to experience playing the organ. Mary is especially keen to promote women as recitalists so that they may become a rarity no longer

Mary Cobbold MA (Cantab) FRCO (Chm) ARMCM

Fiona has spent all of her life playing the organ in church services and concerts, as both soloist and accompanist, and continues to do so in a slightly more retired way. She has always taught and continues to do so in Herefordshire, where she has a small private practice. Fiona is fully committed to the aims of SWO and happy to be one of its members, continuing the good work done by predecessors in making the idea of a fully professional woman organist a more usual happening than when she first touched a console in the early 60s.

Fiona Chryssides MA Bmus FRCO ARCM

Julia is the Director of Music and Organist at St George’s Church in Weald, Kent. She was a chorister at the church when growing up and started learning the organ in her teens. She has played the organ at churches in Cardiff,
London and Kampala. She lived and worked in Uganda for many years, playing the organ at Namirembe Cathedral for the Kampala Singers. She also helps run the Kampala Music School in Uganda. She trained as a nurse in Cardiff and
currently works as a Professor in Palliative Care and Chief Executive of the International Children’s Palliative Care Network. She enjoys playing the organ and conducting the church choir and is passionate about encouraging young people to develop their skills in music and playing the organ.

Prof Julia Downing PhD

Anne took organ lessons whilst at College of Education, but school teaching, marriage and a family took over for the next 20 years. Anne later accepted several church jobs as Director of Music.  In 1997 she passed the Archbishop’s Certificate in Church Music. In 2001 Anne accepted her present post as Director of Music at St Mary Magdalene Church, Tamworth in Arden, Warwickshire. Under Henry Fairs’ tutelage she passed first Grade 8 organ and in 2009 ATCL Recital in Organ. 

Anne Ellis ATCL Recital in Organ

Catherine is Director of Music at St. Lawrence Jewry next Guildhall, Vice-President of the Royal College of Organists, Director of the John Hill Young Artists recitals, Trustee of the Nicholas Danby Trust for young organists, founder-editor of the London Organ Concerts Guide, and Past President of the Incorporated Association of Organists. In 2018 she was awarded the Medal of the RCO. She has given recitals and masterclasses throughout the UK and abroad and is frequently an examiner and adjudicator for colleges and festivals. She has helped create four major new London organs and continues to advise on organ-building projects.

Catherine Ennis MA

Mary combines work as a consultant solicitor in Camarthen with Directorship of Music at St Peter’s, Camarthen, where she  plays the organ and directs a choir of 14 committed singers.  She gives three or four organ recitals a year. She achieved CRCO and is now preparing to take ARCO.    Mary also plays the harp, teaches piano and organ, and runs a small singing group, which she founded, called ‘Eat Sing Pray’.  Mary studied organ with Anne Marsden Thomas for 12 years and now studies with Gerdi Troskie.  

Mary Evans CRCO, ALCM, LLB

Tanya is an organist based in London. She works full time as a lawyer and is the church organist at St Patrick's Catholic Church in Wapping.

Tanya Farrell

Emma is an organist and conductor based in Newport, South Wales. Having studied in Cambridge and at the Royal College of Music, she worked in London, High Wycombe and Belfast before moving to Wales. She is Director of Music at Newport Cathedral, where she is responsible for recruiting and training the Cathedral choirs (boys’ choir, newly established girls’ choir, lay clerks and cathedral voluntary choir) as well as planning all of the liturgical music. She also teaches piano for Gwent music, teaches piano and organ privately, and works freelance as a recitalist and accompanist.

Emma Gibbins ARCO MMus PhD

Hannah is an organist, pianist and choral conductor based in St. Albans. A First Class graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she was appointed Organ Scholar at the Southbank Centre in 2015-16. Hannah received a scholarship from the Association of British Choral Directors (ABCD), and has directed the prize-winning Côr Llunsain female-voice choir at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod, as well as making several television appearances on S4C as a choral conductor. Hannah is a regular organist at St. Andrew’s, Watford and St. Mary’s, North Mymms, and teaches at Thomas’s Battersea and Dame Alice Owen’s School.

Hannah Gill BMus(Hons.) ARCO DipABRSM

Nicky has been an organist for 13 years, having been raised a pianist and string-player.  She studied at Glasgow University, the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and the National Centre for Orchestral Studies.   She is the organist at Inverleith St. Serf’s Church, Edinburgh.   There, in 2011, she joined the New Edinburgh Orchestra as organist for their performance of Saint Saens’ Organ Symphony and in 2015, as soloist in Poulenc’s Organ Concerto.   Nicky also gives recitals and during the week, teaches piano and organ.  

 

Nicky Fraser ARCO BMus

Anna attended a ‘Pipes and Pizza’ workshop at Edington Priory in 2014, hosted by the Diocese of Salisbury’s ‘Pipe Up’ scheme. She was hooked straightaway, learning with Chris Totney and currently working through ABRSM grades. She has attends organ courses and takes every opportunity to hear recitals.  In 2018 Anna became a RSCM Pipeline Organ Scholar, supported by St John’s Church, Devizes, where she sings in the choir and regularly plays at services and concerts. Anna keeps a blog of her music highs and lows (www.pipeskeysandchords.com)  and in January 2019 published a report through it, ‘Inspiring Organists of the Future: Does More Need to be Done?’.
 

Anna Hallett

Marilyn Harper is an RCO Accredited Organ Teacher, who holds organist posts at Christ’s Chapel, Dulwich, and at St Augustine’s, Honor Oak Park, both in south east London. In addition, she gives recitals, specializing in the music of Buxtehude. Marilyn also accompanies services, as well as directing them, and will deputise for others if required, in small and large venues. She also teaches at James Allen’s Girls’ School for two mornings per week

Marilyn Harper

Evelyn commenced her organ studies after taking early retirement as Nutrition and Dietetic manager at the North Herts NHS Trust.  Initially she studied with Anne Page, and subsequently with Anne Marsden Thomas and Daniel Moult.  Evelyn received an award from the ABRSM for passing with distinction the four highest grades of the Board’s examinations in the organ and was later successful in the diploma ABRSM examination (organ performance) in London and Singapore.  Evelyn is passionate about introducing youngsters to organs studies, and has donated her 3 manual 19 stop Woodstock organ to Saint Catherine's school, Surrey,  where the Jennifer Bate Organ Academy is based.    

Evelyn Greaves 

Sue fell in love with the organ whilst at school. After the Royal Academy of Music she produced recordings for Argo Records, studied organ with Nicholas Danby,  performed in masterclasses with Ton Koopman and Marie Claire Alain, and has given recitals in 4 continents.  Sue was Director of the London Organ Days for 18 years, but after suffering leukaemia had to relearn her skills. She founded the RBCS choir and orchestra, conducting the major choral works.  Following appointments at the German Church, Knightsbridge and St Magnus the Martyr, City of London, she is now organist at St Paul's Deptford, presenting a series 'Celebrating Women Organists '.

Sue Heath-Downey ARCO GRSM LRAM ARCM

Claire was the first woman to hold an organ scholarship at a mixed college in Oxford – at St John’s College.  After further study at the RNCM where she was organ scholar at Manchester Cathedral, and then at Geneva Conservatoire, gaining a Prix de Virtuosité and the Prix Otto Barblan for Performance, Claire held positions at Holy Trinity, Geneva; Assistant Organist at Bristol Cathedral and Organist at Clifton Cathedral in Bristol.  She studied with François Delor in Geneva and Nicolas Kynaston, and taught on many courses for young organists.

Claire later became interested in music psychology and retrained as a music therapist at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  Over the last 20 years, she has worked in the NGS and education, examined for the ABRSM and recently has rediscovered the joys of organ playing!

Claire Hobbs ARCO LRAM ARCM  PGDip,RNCM

                                      PGDip Music Therapy,GSMD

Alison is an organist based in Bristol where she works as a freelance musician. After taking up the organ at the age of 16 with Eric Hemery, she gained a place at the Royal Academy of Music where her teachers were Dr Peter Hurford and Anne Page. She continued studying in Amsterdam and London with a scholarship from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. On passing her FRCO, Alison won the Coventry Cathedral Recital Award for outstanding performance of the pieces. Alison frequently gives solo recitals (often including music by women composers), accompanies numerous choirs, and enjoys teaching organ and piano.

Alison Howell MA FRCO FISM 

Pam is an organist, conductor and composer based in Berlin and West Yorkshire.  She works as Kirchenmusikerin at Pfingstkirche in Berlin, playing the organ for services and conducting Pfingstchor. Pam also conducts the Enodamus chamber choir and is Associate Conductor of NewYVC youth choir in London. She enjoys performing classical repertoire alongside music for organ with electronics, encouraging new approaches to the organ through her outreach project: Metamorphosis: Urban-Organ. As a composer, Pam explores musical surface, blending acoustic forces with aspects of electronic and urban music; an approach which forms the basis of her current research at the University of Huddersfield.

Pam Hulme BA MA PGCE ARCO

Anna is an organist and conductor, and is currently the Director of Music at Pembroke College, Cambridge. Anna spent three years as Organ Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, and was the first woman to be awarded this scholarship in the College’s history. A strong advocate for music education, Anna has recently set up the Pembroke College Girls’ Choir, providing a choral education for girls aged 11-18. Further afield, she leads choral workshops around the world every year, with past workshops in Shanghai, Perth (WA) and Zambia. Anna is also active as a broadcaster on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

Anna Lapwood BA(Hons.) ARCO HonFNCM

Cathy is based in Lichfield, having been Assistant Organist, and latterly Director of Music, alongside her husband, Ben.  She is now Director of Music Outreach and runs Music Share (@lichmusicshare) from Lichfield Cathedral School.  Cathy has held roles at Christchurch Priory, Wells Cathedral, Salisbury Cathedral and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.  She has tutored on courses for Oundle, the RCO and the RSCM, and is an FCM Council Member, Trustee to the Friends of Staffordshire’s Young Musicians (FOSYM), RSCM Lichfield Area Chair, and President of the North Staffs and District Organist Society.

@cathylamb_org 

www.cathylamborganist.co.uk

Cathy Lamb MA (Cantab) ARCO ARSCM

Judith is an assistant organist at St John the Baptist, Frenchay, in the West of England. She started learning piano at the age of 8, passing grade 8 piano at the age of 17. Towards the end of her career as a family doctor, she started learning the organ and, at the age of 64, passed grade 7 organ with Distinction. Following a brain haemorrhage, she decided not to pursue further examinations, and enjoys playing for church services and giving occasional recitals locally. Judith is a member of the Bristol and District Organists Association.

Dr Judith Langfield MBBS FRCGP

Kathryn is an organist, pianist and choral director from Surrey. Kathryn was organ scholar of Merton College Oxford, gaining a first-class Music degree and prizes at ARCO, influenced by her great teachers Robert Munns, Ian Curror, David Goode and Stephen Farr. In previous roles at St Chad’s Church Shrewsbury and as Director of Chapel Music at Shrewsbury School, Kathryn was involved in several radio and BBC television broadcasts. Currently Kathryn examines for the ABRSM and RSCM, and teaches at Ardingly College and Thomas’ Battersea. She also directs The Redbury Singers in memory of her late husband, organist and conductor David Leeke.

Kathryn Leeke MA(Oxon) ARCO DipABRSM

Marion (nickname Benni) is an organist living in Edinburgh, where she is the organist and director of music at Stockbridge Church and resident organist at Edinburgh City Crematorium. She regularly gives recitals and accompanies choral concerts. In her youth she played bass guitar in a feminist rockband, The Stepney Sisters with fellow graduates from York University. She also composed music for the television animation series Pigeon Street and Rub A Dub Dub. The Stepney Sisters recently recorded an album to celebrate their 40th anniversary.

Marion Lees McPherson BA Hons ARCM ARCO

Sarah is Director of Music at Selwyn College, Cambridge, and Director of Ely Cathedral Girls' Choir. She has been at Selwyn since 1999, and is the first woman to hold such a post in an Oxbridge Chapel. Sarah came to the UK from her native Canada in 1992 as Organ Scholar of Robinson College, Cambridge. Her teachers included Leon Fleisher, Marek Jablonski, John Tuttle, and David Sanger. Sarah has had several choral compositions published and she writes a popular monthly column for the American Guild of Organists' magazine,'The American Organist', called "UK Report". She is the Spotlight editor for SWO.

Sarah MacDonald MA FRCO ARSCM

Alison was educated in Salisbury and studied the organ with Martin Neary, James Lancelot, Colin Walsh, and Anne Marsden Thomas. She was awarded the Kimberley Marshall Scholarship to study at the Organ Academy in Gothenburg where she studied with Jacques van Oortmerssen, Ludgar Lohman and Kimberley Marshall. Alison is now Director of Music at Amesbury Abbey Church where she has a large choir. She teaches organ privately, supported by the Diocese of Salisbury's Pipe Up! scheme which subsidises organ lessons for organ students under the age of 18.

Alison Malcolm ARCO (DipTCR) FISM

Anne  is an organist, organ teacher and author of 22 books for student organists. She teaches organ privately at St. Giles Cripplegate Church, central London, where she is Director of Music, and at the Senior and Junior departments of one of the London conservatoires.   Her concert and teaching work has taken her to the USA, Canada, Japan, Europe and all over the UK, and she has made several commercial recordings.  In March 2017, she was the first woman to receive the RCO Medal.  She was awarded the MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours 2015 for 'services to organ music'. 

www.annemarsdenthomas.com

Anne Marsden Thomas MBE FRSCM ARAM FRCO BMus DipRAM LRAM ARCM

After playing cello in the NYO, Elizabeth trained at the Royal Academy of Music as the Sterndale Bennett Scholar. She made her career in chamber music performance, including as continuo cellist for the Thomas Tallis Society, with regular concerts at the Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich.  Whilst teaching in the music department at Sevenoaks School, 1971–2014, Elizabeth completed a 3-year Certificate in Theology in 2005 from Lampeter University. Her RCO tutors have been Tom Bell, Richard Brasier, and Robin Walker, and, since 2007, she has attended the annual Cripplegate Residential Organ Summer School. Elizabeth is a member of the RCO.                                                           

Elizabeth Moore LRAM ARCM Cert Theo

Carolyn is an organist at Shirehampton Methodist Church, Bristol, once a month.  She has loved the organ since she first played it in a church service at the age of 8 and was the regular organist of a small church for 2 years as a teenager.  She gained her ALCM in piano at that time.  Having followed a career as a lecturer in Forensic Science at UWE, Bristol, she has only recently started having organ lessons with Alison Howell, who prepared her for CRCO in 2017, and Carolyn hopes to continue making progress under Alison’s expert guidance.

Carolyn Morton CRCO ALCM

Hannah Parry is a freelance organist, accompanist and choral conductor. She was a chorister at Norwich Cathedral, and studied the organ at the Royal College of Music and Royal Holloway, University of London. Hannah has held church positions at many of London's busiest churches, and accompanist positions with numerous choral societies and choirs. She also enjoys teaching both privately and at the Temple Church. Hannah is a member of the RSCM London committee. Recital highlights have included venues such as St Paul's, Norwich and Brentwood Cathedrals. Additionally, Hannah enjoys writing for music publications as well as her blog, Hannah the Traveller.

Hannah Parry MMus

Marion fell in love with playing the organ at the age of 15, studying with Jean Cooper Smith, who inspired a life-long love of JSB! She focused on playing her bassoon during her music degree and didn’t get back to the bench for 18 years. Realising the error of her ways, since 2012 she has studied with Michael Stoddart, Michael Haynes & James Parsons, pursuing long-held ambitions to achieve various diplomas, alongside a busyworking life as an HR manager for a global FMCG. She also enjoys singing with NewcastleCathedral’s women’s choir, Schola Cantorum.

Marion Peutherer MA FCIPD LRSM CRCO

Rachel is based in Twickenham in south west London. She is a liturgical organist, playing for weddings and funerals, as well as for Sunday services.

Rachel Pickering MMus CRCO

Mel retired after a 41 year career in audio and broadcast engineering and now works as a freelance player based in NW England as well as being resident organist in one Anglican and one RC Parish. She took up the organ in the 1960s with an organ scholarship at the Darlington Grammar School studying initially with Hector C Parr and later with Conrad Eden at Durham Cathedral. She focusses primarily on service playing, but gives the occasional recital to forgiving audiences. She is secretary of her local organists’ association and also actively involved with social media for BIOS. www.phmusic.co.uk/musicbakgnd1.html

Facebook: Mel.Plumley  Twitter: @Organist55

Melanie Plumley ATCL

Hilary is Assistant Organist at Lincoln Cathedral. Hilary began playing the organ at her local church in Victoria, Canada, and then was inspired to move to Montreal to pursue a degree at McGill University. In 2011 she moved to England, spending two years at Southwell Minster, where, in 2012, she was also Director of the Girls’ Choir. In 2013 she moved on to work at All Saints’ Church, Northampton, where she accompanied the choir. Outside her work at Lincoln Cathedral, Hilary is an accompanist, singer, teacher, recitalist and choral conductor. She enjoys walking, dancing and being owned by her cat.

Hilary Punnett MMus ARCO

Ghislaine is a composer and organist, and the Co-Chair of SWO with Anne Marsden Thomas. Formerly an Organ and Academic Scholar at Christ Church, Oxford, she is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, receiving the Limpus, Shinn and Durrant prizes, and the Coventry Cathedral Recital Award. She is a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and a member of the Royal College of Organists’ Academic Board. Ghislaine is a published, regularly commissioned composer. Her composition, 'Alleluia! A new work is come on hand', is the Royal School of Church Music’s second-best-selling carol ever.

Ghislaine Reece-Trapp MA(Oxon) PGCE FRCO

Miriam Reveley is currently in Year 11, and is Ely Cathedral’s Sixth Form Organ Scholar-elect. After starting her musical education as a violinist, she became head chorister at her parish church under composer Paul Edwards. In 2016, she joined Ely Cathedral Choir and began piano and organ lessons. She currently studies with Sarah MacDonald. As a singer, Miriam has performed live on Radio 3 and as a soloist on CD recordings. In 2018, she completed work experience at St Catharine’s, St John’s, Selwyn and Pembroke Colleges in Cambridge, which inspired her to pursue a career as an organist.

Miriam Reveley

Susan is an independent business consultant.  After a career in the City she left to work in the cultural sector and has since worked with a wide range of organisations in the UK and overseas, including national orchestras, music education hubs and higher education institutions. Susan lives in London and is currently studying part-time for a masters in creativity.  She fell in love with church music and the organ at Robinson College, Cambridge and now enjoys the wonderful music at St Giles Cripplegate. 

Susan J Royce MA(Cantab) FCA FRSA

Katy is an organist and conductor based in London at St Mary’s Church, Putney. After singing in her local parish church choir as a child, Katy took up the organ at 13 and later held the organ scholarship at Worcester College, Oxford. She graduated with Distinction from the Masters course at the Royal College of Music in 2018. Katy currently teaches the organ at City of London School and gives recitals both in London and further afield. She also conducts the children’s choir at St Mary’s and enjoys coaching other young singers on the Oxford and Cambridge Singing School courses.

Katy Silverman MA(Oxon) Mmus, ARCO

Claire M Singer is a composer, producer and performer of acoustic and electronic music, film and installations. In recent years her work has focused on composing and performing a mix of organ, cello and electronics with two albums, Solas and Fairge, released on Touch. Claire is also the creator and Artistic Director of the annual Organ Reframed festival at Union Chapel, which she launched in 2016. The only festival of its kind in the UK, Organ Reframed focuses on commissioning innovative new music and introducing new artists and audiences to how versatile the organ is.

Claire M Singer BMus MMus

Ann Elise Smoot is the Director of Oundle for Organists and Chair of the Young Organ Scholars Trust. She has been a founder or participant in numerous educational initiatives since moving to the UK 25 years ago from her native USA. She has combined her passionate interest in education with a recital career that has taken her to major venues across the USA and Europe, where her performances of a wide-ranging repertoire have garnered critical acclaim.

Ann Elise Smoot

Jennifer began organ lessons aged 14 in Merseyside, going on to study music at Girton College, Cambridge.  She continued studying in Amsterdam and New York before returning to London where she has been a parish church music director, organist and piano and violin teacher for almost four decades.  Now a  freelance organist, she enjoys playing all sorts of services in south east London.

Jennifer Standage MA(Cantab) ARCO

Elizabeth is the Organist and Master of the Choristers at Arundel Cathedral, and the first woman and youngest organist to run a Cathedral music department in the UK. In her time at Arundel she has created places for choristers, developed choral scholarships, overseen the rebuilding of the historic Hill organ, directed tours and recordings, broadcast for the BBC and ITV, and performed in a solo capacity for members of the Royal Family. Elizabeth is a Patron of the North and Midlands School of Music and is presently reading for a PhD in liturgical music at the University of Surrey.

Elizabeth Stratford BMus(Hons) MA FRSA DipABRSM FGCM Hon FFCM HonFNMSM

Lucia started studying organ as 14-year-old at the local Art School in Slovakia, where she enjoyed several successes at national organ competitions and displays. As 19-year-old, she became the Organ Scholar in Residence at Jesus College, Oxford, where she plays at evensong services during term-time and this academic year also leads the chapel choir. With this choir, she went on tour to Georgia and will be recording a CD this June. Apart from that, she also plays in the Catholic Chaplaincy in Oxford and enjoys giving recitals.

Lucia Svecova

Gloria studied piano and voice at the Royal Academy of Music,and for an MMus in music analysis at King’s College, London. Following her career in academic music, during which she lectured at Goldsmiths’ College and became Director of Studies for Music at Kingston University, she now works as a church organist in the village of Brasted, Kent. She continues research into the transmission of music theory in post-revolutionary France, and enjoys leading a weekly singing group for people with Alzheimer’s and their carers.

Gloria Toplis

Bridget took up the organ at Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, before continuing her music studies at the University of Bristol. She is the Assistant Director of Music at St John’s, Upper Norwood, in south east London, where she has been playing since December 2010. She currently studies with Marilyn Harper. Bridget works at the Church Times, edits the alumnus magazine for Christ’s Hospital, works with the Croydon Performing Arts Festival, and serves on the committee of the Southwark and South London Organists’ Association. Bridget has given recent recitals at St John’s, Upper Norwood, Christ’s Chapel, Dulwich, and All Saints’, Warlingham

Bridget West 

Jeremy Allen

Martin Baker

Annette Ball

Jasmine Birtles

Matthew Blaiden

Richard Brasier

Martin J. Cottam

Michaela Cottee

Patricia D'Avray

Elizabeth Day

Julia Downing

Hannes Ebersohn

Will Fraser

Matthew  Greenfield

Maggie Hamilton

Michael Lester

Linda Lowseck

John Mansfield

Andrew McCrea

Dave Miller

Daniel Moult

Emily Nott

Richard Nott

Katie Pardee

Philip J Paul

Isabel Phillips

Andrew Pink

David Poulter

Justina Pupeikyte

Eric Shepherd

Alison Smith

Brian Solomons

Clare Stevens

Frederick Stocken

Gerdi Troskie

Sylvia A Wall

Philip Wilby

Simon Williams

Irene Wolstenholme

Dr Colin R Wright

Other members

We are delighted to list our SWO members below. Those without profiles are named at the bottom of the page. 

Should you wish to contact one of our members, please email our General Secretary, Morwenna Campbell-Smith (societyofwomenorganists@gmail.com), and she will put you in touch with the relevant member.