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, Barbara Kennedy
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Juliette Adams BMus, MFA
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.
Helene Albrecht 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.
Marion Bettsworth 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.
Alana Brook 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.
Fiona Brown 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'.
Marsha Burke BA(Hons) PGGE
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.
Morwenna Campbell-Smith MA FRSA
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.
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'.
Fiona Chryssides MA Bmus FRCO ARCM
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.
Mary Cobbold MA (Cantab) FRCO (Chm) ARMCM
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.
A piano prizewinning graduate of the RSAMD, now the RCS; a career as a teacher and accompanist to many artists, Nancy studied with Anne Marsden Thomas and gained ARCO. She has given many organ recitals throughout the UK and accompanied choral societies. Currently Nancy is Director of Music in St Leonard’s Church, Dunfermline, director of two Fife Choirs, programme organiser for the Edinburgh Society of Musicians, repetiteur for Fife Opera, and she sings in the Edinburgh Festival Chorus. During lockdown she has recorded piano and organ pieces on YouTube: https://tinyurl.com/y54whyef
Prof Julia Downing PhD
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.
Anne Ellis ATCL Recital in Organ
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.
Mary Evans CRCO, ALCM, LLB
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.
Rosemary Evans GTCL, FTCL, ARCO, PGCE
In 2019 Rosemary was appointed Organist at St. Alphage, Burnt Oak, Edgware and played in a masterclass with Ulrich Böhme at St. Thomas Church, Leipzig. She has been Chair of Newbury & District Organists’ Association since 2010 and a Director on the IAO Council since 2018. She studied at Trinity College of Music and was awarded the Cardnell Organ Prize, and taught at Downe House for many years where she was chapel organist. Latterly she taught piano and organ at St. Mary’s, Calne whilst also being Director of Music and Organist at St. Mary’s, Kintbury and then St. John’s, Newbury.
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.
Nicky Fraser ARCO BMus
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.
Emma Gibbins ARCO MMus PhD
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.
Hannah Gill BMus(Hons.) ARCO DipABRSM
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.
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.
Christina Harmon MM
Christina is the Principal Organist at a large Catholic church near Houston, Texas. Her teachers included Robert Anderson, Robert Baker, Dale Peters, Daniel Roth, and Jean Langlais. She has given concerts in the USA, Europe, and the UK, and is featured on several cd's. In 1986 she founded the French and British Organ Music Seminars, events of international status. Previously she taught theory and organ at several universities. Her compositions have received outstanding reviews from individuals and publications. She now teaches privately and continues to compose. She is featured in A Directory of Composers for Organ by John Henderson, and her compositions are available at www.sacredmusicpublishing.com.
Marilyn Harper MA(Cantab), FRCO, GRSM, ARMCM, Cert.Ed (Liverpool)
Originally from Lancashire, Marilyn studied the organ with the late William Morgan at Bolton Parish Church and subsequently became Organ Scholar at Girton College Cambridge, after which she embarked on a life-long teaching career. She became the first woman Organist at Christ’s Chapel, Dulwich, and teaches organ, piano, theory and coaches chamber music at James Allen’s Girls’ School.
At Christ’s Chapel she established a popular Sunday night recital series following the restoration of the 1760 George England organ by the late William Drake.
Marilyn is an RCO Accredited Teacher, and as a recitalist specialises in the music of Buxtehude and Sweelinck. She is Secretary to the London Organ Concerts Guide and Concerts Organiser for the Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery.
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?’.
Catherine is Organist at the Parish of St Maximilian Kolbe, Beeston, studying Music at the University of Leeds. She was previously Organ Scholar at Leeds Cathedral and has returned to complete a ‘Year in Industry’ as part of her degree. Her internship means she is involved in all elements of the Diocese of Leeds Music programme; playing, singing, conducting and assisting with the administration of the whole scheme. Catherine is also an administrator of HISS (Historically Informed Summer School) and FISP (Florence International Singing Programme). She enjoys conducting, playing the cello and going on walking holidays when she has time.
Sue Heath-Downey ARCO GRSM LRAM ARCM
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 '.
Claire Hobbs ARCO LRAM ARCM PGDip,RNCM
PGDip Music Therapy,GSMD
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!
Alison Howell MA FRCO FISM
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.
Janet Hughes MA (Cantab) FRCO LRAM
Janet began piano lessons at the age of nine, adding the viola four years later. She learnt the organ during the holidays for two years before gaining an organ scholarship to Girton College, Cambridge. Later, living in Brussels, she studied organ at the Liege Conservatoire with Jean Ferrard. Now living in Kent she teaches the piano and plays the organ in Willesborough, Ashford, where she directs the choir, Wye and occasionally in Hythe. She enjoys working with choirs, and is passionate about playing the viola and piano in chamber music.
Pam Hulme BA MA PGCE ARCO
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.
Áine Kennedy was organ scholar at Keble College, and studied at St Giles’ Cripplegate whilst in school. She has performed in venues including St Paul’s Cathedral; St Patrick’s RC Cathedral, Armagh; Exeter College, and All Saints, Rome. She has a first class music degree and is currently pursuing a masters in conflict resolution at the London School of Economics.
Barbara had piano lessons as a child and went on to study music at the University of Southampton. After graduating she had a 10 year career in administration within the social care sector. During the latter part of this decade Barbara returned to piano lessons and this inspired her to take on piano students of her own. In 2014 she tentatively asked if she could “have a go” on the organ of a local church she attended. Barbara now combines piano teaching with a role as Director of Music at a village church in South Oxfordshire.
Cathy Lamb MA (Cantab) ARCO ARSCM
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.
Dr Judith Langfield MBBS FRCGP
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.
Anna Lapwood BA(Hons.) ARCO HonFNCM
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.
Kathryn Leeke MA(Oxon) ARCO DipABRSM
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.
Marion Lees McPherson BA Hons ARCM ARCO
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.
Alison Malcolm ARCO (DipTCR) FISM
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.
Anne Marsden Thomas MBE FRSCM ARAM FRCO BMus DipRAM LRAM ARCM
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'.
Elizabeth Moore LRAM ARCM Cert Theo
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.
Carolyn Morton ALCM ARCO BSc MSc PhD MRSC MCSFS SFHEA
Carolyn is an organist playing at Shirehampton Methodist Church in 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 organist of a small church for 2 years as a teenager. She gained her ALCM in piano at that time. Following a career as a lecturer in Forensic Science at UWE, Bristol, she now helps run a small charity training adults with learning difficulties. In her late 50s she finally started having organ lessons, and Alison Howell prepared her for CRCO and ARCO.
Agnes Ikuyo Nakajima MTh CRCO
Agnes is a chief organist at Christ Church Senju, north east Tokyo and occasionally plays for the Diocesan services at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Tokyo Diocese. She started to study organ at the age of 28 soon after her Confirmation in the Anglican Church in Japan (NSKK), then completed her master’s degree in Applied Theology at Rikkyo University and succeeded in the CRCO exam with the Limps/Shinn/Durrant prize. Besides having been a church musician for more than decade, Agnes illustrates and contributes cartoons (Manga) for children’s books and magazines.
Catherine Olver BA(Cantab) ARCO ALCM
Originally from Belfast, Catherine began learning the organ through a Church of Ireland scholarship before becoming Organ Scholar at Rochester Cathedral and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where she studied under Gordon Stewart.
Having spent a year as Acting Assistant Organist at Winchester College, Catherine is now Head of Organ at St Catherine’s School, Bramley. Here she conducts the Chapel Choir, teaches academic music and organ and co-coordinates the Jennifer Bate Organ Academy.
Alongside her teaching job, Catherine is Assistant Organist at St Columba’s Church, Pont Street, and has enjoyed giving recitals in venues such as Portsmouth Cathedral and Bath Abbey.
Hannah Parry MMus
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.
Organ soloist Kerstin Petersen performs internationally and offers innovative facets and playing techniques of the queen of instruments to the audience. Her main focus lies on new organ solo and chamber music, for which she collaborates closely with composers from all over the world. She founded several duos such as organ-gong, accordion-organ and also teaches organ for professionals and enthusiasts. Artistic references: Main Church St. Michaelis, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg, Organacademy Gothenborg, Orgelpark Amsterdam, HfMT Hamburg, Symposium Vision Churchmusic. CDs, concert/film projects with world premieres 2021 An Wasserflüssen Babylon - Orgel aktuell, abgründe träume, Just be happy once...
Marion Peutherer MA FCIPD LRSM CRCO
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.
Rachel Pickering MMus 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.
Melanie Plumley ATCL
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
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Hilary Punnett MMus FRCO
Hilary is Assistant Organist and Director of the Girls’ Choir at Chelmsford Cathedral. A native of Canada, Hilary studied at McGill University, Montreal, where she was also Assistant Organist at Christ Church Cathedral. In 2011 she moved to England, and has since worked as organist at Southwell Minster, All Saints’ Church, Northampton, and Lincoln Cathedral. Outside her work at Chelmsford Cathedral, Hilary is an accompanist, singer, teacher, recitalist, and choral conductor.
Justina is a Lithuanian junior student based in London, Greenwich. She discovered her passion for the organ at the age 15 and took up the organ at the age of 16 with Prof. Gerard Brooks. She is a Junior student with the RCO and is passionate about organ music of all centuries. In November 2018 she took the ABRSM Grade 5 exam and gained a Distinction. She is a regular attendee of the RCO Summer School. She attends additional RCO courses and masterclasses, and is now a sixth form student, studying music, conducting and art. Sometimes she plays hymns for services on Sundays. She sings with the “Docklands Singers” chorus and rings the bell in St. Alfege Church tower (Greenwich). She is now preparing for ABRSM Grade 7 or 8, and her dream is to continue organ studies at the Royal Academy of Music.
Ghislaine Reece-Trapp MA(Oxon) PGCE FRCO
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.
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.
Amy Reynolds ATCL
Amy is a pianist, organist, and violinist based in Bristol and Cardiff. She is currently a fourth-year BMus piano student at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama studying with James Willshire. She took up the organ at age 15, and studied with Paul Walton at Bristol Cathedral, where she was also a member of the Cathedral Consort Choir. Amy currently studies organ with Stephen Moore at Llandaff Cathedral, and frequently sings with the Cathedral Choir. Amy is passionate about choral music, which lead her to become the Director of Music at Christ Church, Radyr.
Susan J Royce MA(Cantab) FCA FRSA
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.
Emma van Setten
Emma was a student at Walthamstow Hall and organ scholar at St Mary's, Riverhead. She began studying the organ at the age of 13 with Graham Bartholomew but since 2018 has been learning with Anne Marsden Thomas. Emma will complete the Organ Foundation year course at the Royal Academy of Music in summer 2021, and will then read music at St Hilda’s, Oxford. Besides playing the organ, Emma is also a keen singer and violinist and plays an active role in many choirs and orchestras. Emma has joined the SWO committee on the Events team.
Katy Silverman MA(Oxon) Mmus, ARCO
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.
Claire M Singer BMus MMus
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.
Ann Elise Smoot
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.
Jennifer Standage MA(Cantab) ARCO
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.
Elizabeth Stratford BMus(Hons) MA FRSA DipABRSM FGCM Hon FFCM HonFNMSM
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.
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.
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.
Inga de Vegvar
Inga de Vegvar is currently in Year 9 and started playing the organ at the age of twelve. She began to study with Anne Marsden Thomas at thirteen. She also studies viola and piano at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music.
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
Bernice is currently fulfilling her childhood ambition to learn to play the organ. She had two years of piano lessons when in her late twenties and, on taking early retirement thirty years later, started having organ lesson with Dr William Reynolds in 2011. Bernice has since passed Grades 2, 3 and 5 Organ, each with Distinction, and Grade 5 Theory, also with Distinction. She is currently working towards Grade 6. Bernice has played the organ for the Wednesday Morning Eucharist Service in St Samlet’s Church, Swansea for nine years.
Martin J. Cottam
Richard Ellis Hawley
J. R. Holland
Alan R. J. Hunt
Madeleine Sarah Killacky
Philip J Paul
Sylvia A. Wall
C R Wright