Organ Scheme

Background

The Scheme launched in 2017 with two students, Owen Olanpejo and Julius Olu-Jones. During the Spring Term a further three students, Evelyn Swann, Lucy Webb and George Webb, were auditioned, interviewed and accepted onto the Scheme.

Each student has weekly lessons, and attends external courses and workshops. All five students are continuing into the second year of the Organ Studentship Scheme.

Extra-curricular development

In March 2018, we applied to Oundle for Organists for four places on the Pull Out The Stops (POTS) course for young beginner organists. All four places were offered and Evie, Lucy, Julius and Owen took part in the three- day residential course based at Oundle School, along with 26 other young organists from around the country.

The course was directed by Ann Elise Smoot, supported by fellow tutors Cathy Lamb, David Pipe and Daniel Moult. The course offered workshops, group lessons, a trip to Cambridge with an exclusive recital in King’s College Chapel, followed by a visit to the organ loft. The course ended with a concert in Oundle School chapel given by some of the students. Three of our four students were chosen to play to the assembled audience.

Tutors

Jeremiah Stephenson was appointed as Organ Tutor to the Scheme and assumed teaching of all students at the start of 2018. Jeremiah is Assistant Director of Music at All Saints, Margaret Street. He is the youngest person ever to receive RCO teaching accreditation, and is a highly qualified player with an expanding career as a recitalist. He has a warm rapport with the students and the ability to combine rigorous attention to detail with boundless enthusiasm for the music and endless encouragement for the students. To assist with his appointment, we sought professional guidance from Simon Williams, Daniel Moult and others recognized in the field of organ education.

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