Professor David Baker MA, MMus, MLS, PhD, MBA, FCILIP, FCMI, FRCO, FRSA
By the time that he was 16, David Baker was an ARCO, becoming FRCO 12 months later. He graduated after an Organ Scholarship at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, with a First Class Honours degree in Music. He has an MMus degree from Kings College, London. In 2011 he founded the Halifax Organ Academy, which aims to offer high quality tuition and support to organists of all ages and backgrounds within northern England.
He has remained active as musician and musicologist, with the first edition of his book The Organ (Shire Publications, 1991) selling over 10,000 copies. A second edition was published in 2003 and a second revised edition in 2010. He has undertaken recital tours to Germany, Italy and Scandinavia and has performed the entire organ works of J S Bach in 26 recitals.
Darius Battiwalla MusM FRCO
Darius has taught organ, continuo and improvisation for 15 years at the Royal Northern College of Music at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as privately teaching students of all ages.
Darius has given organ recitals at cathedrals and concert halls throughout the country and abroad including Leeds Town Hall, Westminster Abbey, York Minster and Bath Abbey, and for the RCO and IAO. He has appeared as soloist with the Hallé Orchestra - most recently in Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass with Sir Mark Elder - and London Philharmonic Orchestras, and is a regular orchestral organist and pianist for the BBC Philharmonic and Hallé orchestras. In September this year he became curator of the Leeds Town Hall organ, programming this very successful recital series and giving regular solo concerts. As a pianist, he gives regular chamber concerts with members of the Manchester orchestras, and on the harpsichord he has played continuo with many UK orchestras, and performed and broadcast harpsichord concertos: this autumn he will be soloist in Frank Martin’s Harpsichord Concerto for the Northern Ballet Theatre.
Bramwell Bourne, ARCO, LRAM, ARCM, LNMSM, FNMSM.
The son of Salvation Army Officers, from age 6 Bramwell received music education in piano, brass instruments and theory. He later gained the diplomas of ARCM (organ teaching) and LRAM (organ performance). In the mid 1990's he furthered his organ studies with lessons from Ian Ball, Anne Marsden Thomas and Margaret Phillips, gaining the diploma of ARCO. In the early 2000's he gained the diploma of LNMSM for Liturgical Composition and FNMSM for Organ Performance specialising in Bach. He aims to make lessons and learning a musically holistic experience and has a special interest in an historic approach to interpretation, articulation, fingering and pedalling of different repertoires, supporting a passionate belief in the expressiveness of the organ. Also that good hymn playing is an art form in its own right, and for those who wish to play in a liturgical setting, worthy of as much study and practice as other aspects of repertoire.
Richard Brasier BMus(Hons), MMus (Orgelsolo), ARCO, LRAM, ATCL
Richard Brasier enjoys a busy and far-reaching international career as a soloist, teacher, chamber musician, accompanist, animateur, editor and recording artist. He is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he studied with David Titterington and Nicolas Kynaston. Aided by the Nicholas Danby Scholarship, he continued with Johannes Geffert at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln. Other important musical influences have included Anne Marsden Thomas and David Sanger.
As a concert organist, Richard has performed widely across the UK and Europe in recital series and major international festivals on historic and modern instruments. He has a wide-ranging repertoire covering all periods from the Middle Ages to Contemporary. Recent projects have included performances of the complete organ music of J.S and C.P.E. Bach, and Robert Schumann’s works for Pedalflügel on a pedal piano from the late 19th century.
Since 2014, Richard has been active as a teacher for the Royal College of Organists. He leads masterclasses and study trips for students at home and abroad, and regularly teaches on residential courses for organists of all ages and abilities. Elsewhere he has been invited to sit as a competition jury member, and external examiner.
Richard has had articles and videos on matters relating to the organ published on various platforms, and has edited several editions of organ repertoire. Since 2020, Richard has been organist for the German speaking communities of St. Marien mit St. Georg in London, where he plays and maintains the historic 1886/1937 instrument by E.F. Walcker (Ludwigsburg).
Gerard Brooks FRCO, MA(Oxon.), PGCE.
Gerard first studied the organ with John Webster and then with Susi Jeans. In 1978 he won the Stephen Arlen Memorial Award enabling him to study with Daniel Roth at Strasbourg Conservatoire. He was the first recipient of the RCO Forsyth-Grant/Hurford Travelling Scholarship. Gerard is particularly associated with French repertoire and has contributed many articles to musical journals as well as writing the chapter on French and Belgian organ music for the Cambridge Companion to the Organ. His recordings on the Priory label include the complete works of Eugne Gigout played on historic organs in France on five CDs; the first voted an Editors Choice in Gramophone magazine. He has recently recorded the complete organ music of Saint-Sans and he presents and plays on the Fugue State Films DVD The Genius of Cavaill-Coll. Gerard is Director of the London Organ Improvisation Course and has been a regular examiner for the Associated Board and the RCO.
Jonathan Bunney BMus (Hons), MMus, FRCO
In 2000 Jonathan was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music. His teachers have included Anne Marsden Thomas, Nigel Stark, David Graham and Margaret Phillips. During his time at the RCM he won all the major prizes for organ. In 2004 Jonathan became Director of Music at St. Giles-in-the-Fields and in 2008 he returned to the RCM to study for a Masters in Advanced Performance, achieving a distinction. He was also awarded the Walford Davies Prize for his performance of Louis Vierne's Sixth Symphony. Since graduating, Jonathan has worked as a freelance musician as well as Head of Music at Cameron House School in Chelsea from 2011-2014. Jonathan has made several broadcasts on radio and part of his CD 'Let the Pealing Organ Blow' produced by Regents Records on the historic organ of St. Giles-in-the Fields was broadcast on BBC Radio 2
Drew Cantrill-Fenwick BA FRCO
Drew is one of the UK’s most experienced and versatile church musicians. From 1992 to 2012, he worked in cathedral music, directing the choirs at Grimsby Minster, Wellington Cathedral of St Paul (NZ), St Paul’s Cathedral, Buffalo (USA), & Croydon Minster. Most recently, he served as organist of the Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, teaching the organ across East Anglia. Drew studied the organ at Durham University with James Lancelot, and privately with Susi Jeans, Peter Wright, & Gerre Hancock, and is a Fellow, prize-winner and former council member of the RCO.
He has appeared at leading churches, cathedrals & concert halls in the UK, France, Germany, Denmark, Iceland, America, Australia & New Zealand, and has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, NPR, & Radio NZ. His repertoire ranges from the 14th century to the present day, and he is an accomplished improviser and experienced concerto soloist. In recent years, Drew has established a strong reputation as a freelance organist, broadcaster, writer and examiner. He has contributed to much of the video content on i.rco, as presenter and producer.
He has over 20 years’ experience as a teacher, working with students of all ages & abilities, and is a frequent contributor to College classes and courses. He enjoys preparing students for RCO exams, including the paperwork elements.
Roger Carter FRCO (CHM), FTCL, ARCM, LRAM
Roger studied the organ initially with Christopher Scarf and Richard Popplewell, In 1984 he was awarded a Belgian Government Scholarship to study with Flor Peeters at the Mechelen International Summer School. Following participation in the Haarlem Summer Academy in 1988, he was invited by Harald Vogel to take part in a recital on the city's historic St Bavochurch organ. He has also participated in courses in France and Germany and with Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini in Italy to gain specialist knowledge of various sections of the organ repertoire.
Performing widely as a soloist and accompanist in this country and abroad has offered him experience of playing many different types of organs.
He is often invited to tutor on courses, including those run by the RCO and RSCM, and is Director of Music at St John's Church, Harpenden. Formerly a classroom teacher, he is now a visiting teacher at Queenswood School and The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys School.
Mary Cobbold MA (Cantab.) FRCO (Chm) ARMCM
Mary studied the organ in Buxton under Frederick Parnell before moving on at 16 to the Royal Manchester College of Music. She studied with Ronald Frost, Derek Cantrell and Eric Chadwick, before becoming organ scholar of Girton College Cambridge, continuing organ studies with Peter Le Huray and Christopher Dearnley. Alongside a career as Head of Music at Sheffield High School and St Bede’s College, Manchester, Mary was Director of Music at Ecclesall Parish Church. She encouraged her organ pupils to try choir training and conducting, to participate in RSCM events and in residential courses such as Oundle Organ Courses. She is Director of Music at Holy Trinity Church, Millhouses, Sheffield, which includes directing an instrumental music group. Mary is passionate about enabling people of all ages to experience the joy of playing the organ in churches where the instrument is unused or in danger of becoming unused, because no-one is able to play it.
Ian Curror FRCO(CHM) LMRCO ARSCM LRAM PGCE
I have extensive experience as a teacher, ranging from private students of all ages and stages to conservatoire level. I have taught organ and organ-related skills (including accompaniment) at the Royal College of Music and at Trinity Laban. At the Royal Hospital Chelsea I was responsible for initiating the organ scholarship, modelled on apprentice-style learning, with regular direction, support and feedback. Many former scholars have gone on to notable posts in the church music world. I am a Fellow and Honorary Life Member of the RCO, also holding the Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Reading. A popular add-on is on-line tuition for diploma written papers, making distance no object.
Gabriele Damiani BMus (Hons), ARCO, QTS, Dip. Turin Conservatoire
Gabriele (Gabs) studied at the Turin Conservatoire and afterwards with Anne Marsden Thomas at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. As part of his BMus he attended classes with P. Hurford, A. Marcon, L. Lohmann and J. van Oortmerssen, among others, and several courses in counterpoint, conducting, continuo and accompaniment. During his final year he became Church Music Scholar at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, and was later appointed Organ Scholar at Westminster RC Cathedral.
An ARCO prize-winner, Gabs joined the RCO Academy in 2012 as a teacher for the Oxford area, and specialises in practice techniques and Baroque repertoire at all levels. A visiting tutor at the University of St Andrews and co-founder of the Accademia Organistica in Trieste, Italy, he continues to pursue a regular and successful performing career across the UK and abroad.
Dr Roland Dee BA Hons (Newcastle-upon-Tyne), M.Mus (Edinburgh), PhD (Hull), LTCL, LRSM, ARCO.
Roland is an experienced organist whose recitals have taken him to various cathedrals and churches in the UK. While researching the music of the English composer Patrick Hadley, Roland was also a music lecturer at Hull. In addition, he has written (and is currently preparing) introductory essays to a number of orchestral scores for Musikproduktion Höflich, Munich.
His organ studies were with Frederick Peacock, John Scott Whiteley, and Graham Barber, along with study residencies at RCO workshops. Studies in historically informed performance along with performance on historical instruments were undertaken at the Haarlem Summer International Organ Academy with L. Ghielmi, E. Kooiman, J. van der Kooy, and B. van Oosten.
Roland is currently the organist of Leeds St. Aidan's Church in addition to which he is a music tutor for Roundhay Music, Leeds. He is out-going President of the Leeds Organists' Association.
William Dore MA (Oxon); FRCO.
William Dore was educated at Jesus College Oxford as Organ Scholar, where he studied with Nicolas Kynaston and specialised in Baroque and Renaissance performance practice with John Wellingham. He was organ scholar at Norwich Cathedral, before taking up teaching posts in Suffolk and Ampleforth College, being appointed as Abbey Organist in 2005. He has performed as accompanist and soloist in many churches and cathedrals throughout the UK, Europe and in South East Asia, and continues to work as a freelance accompanist and teacher of organ, harpsichord and piano. He has also participated and given a recital for the RCO as part of a study day on Plainsong. He has recorded for Priory Records from Ampleforth Abbey. He teaches for the Young Organ Scholars Trust, and several students have gained organ scholarships to cathedrals and Oxbridge. William teaches all ages, and whilst lessons normally take place at Ampleforth, he can travel moderate distances.
Marilyn Harper MA, FRCO, GRSM, ARMCM, Cert Ed.
Following lessons in Bolton with William Morgan, Marilyn studied with Eric Chadwick at the Royal Manchester College of Music and with Dame Gillian Weir whilst Organ Scholar at Girton College, Cambridge. She gained her RCO Fellowship Diploma, gaining the Harding and Durrant Prizes in 1982. She occasionally attends Cambridge Academy of Organ Studies courses, and has also visited Leipzig to study with Ullrich Böhme.
Organist at Christ's Chapel Dulwich, London, since 2000, she demonstrates the restored 1760 George England organ annually during the Dulwich Festival and organises the chapel's Sunday evening organ recital series. She also led organ demonstrations for students at the Royal Festival Hall during the celebrations for the return of the pipe organ and also at Reading Town Hall.
An organ accompanist, Marilyn has accompanied visiting choirs in many cathedrals, and undertakes foreign tours with chamber choirs and choral societies. As a recitalist Marilyn has played in a number of UK cathedrals and London city churches, and has just completed her learning of the complete organ works of Buxtehude. She is well known for her holistic approach to studying the organ.
PhD BMus(Hons)/GradRNCM FNCM ARCO LTCL DipLCM PGCE(QTS)
Robin began lessons with Graham Eccles, gaining his Grade 8 in two years. At 15 he received a bursary towards masterclasses with David Titterington and Petr Eben at Dartington International Summer School. Regular teachers were Noel Rawsthorne, Margaret Phillips (RNCM) and Roger Fisher. His PhD is on The Late Style of Frank Bridge. He has recently played at Ripon and Durham Cathedrals and York Minster.
He taught Academic Studies to RNCM undergraduates and has been Director of Music at independent schools internationally. His pupils have won exam awards for 8 years.
His teaching is Kodaly-derived with activities to develop the inner hearing of contrapuntal music alongside finger gym exercises. His experience is broad having lived with tribes, performed as a jazz improviser, director of a Gospel-Rock-Pop choir, performed and coached in theatres for shows such as We Will Rock You. His composition commissions have taken him to the USA
Simon Leach G Mus RNCM (Hons)
Simon is a prize winning graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and a former organ scholar at the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King. He is on the team of organists that play for the Daily Service which is broadcast on BBC Radio 4. He teaches piano at the ESMS schools Edinburgh, St Mary’s Prep School, Melrose and at the Junior Department of the Royal Scottish Conservatoire. Simon is the organ tutor at Manchester University. Recent recital venues have included the church of St Thomas 5th Ave and St Patrick's Cathedral, New York, Westminster Cathedral and Notre Dame, Paris. He gave the world premier of Naji Hakim’s Toccata on the Introit for the Feast of the Epiphany and his performances of Hakim’s music have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Many of his pupils have been awarded Oxbridge organ scholarships and have achieved success at Conservatoire entry. Simon has been a tutor for various organ days in the North West of England, including the recent RCO Manchester Organ Day.
James Lloyd Thomas MA FRCO FTCL GTCL LRAM PGCE
James has held several teaching positions as well as prestigious organist posts, including at Oundle School, Shrewsbury Abbey, St. Mary’s Bourne Street, and Nelson Cathedral NZ. He studied the organ with David Sanger, James Parsons, and Margaret Phillips, and piano with Christine Croshaw. His MA research and performance was concerned with the little-known romantics August Ritter and Johann Töpfer.
James has a wealth of experience in teaching, having been Director of Music at Kingston Grammar, Christ College Brecon, and Lingfield Notre Dame School. He maintains a busy schedule of recitals and accompaniment, as well as freelance work as an examiner and conductor. He had a long-standing association with ‘Oundle for Organists’, and has also taught regularly for the RSCM.
James recently moved to Dorset where he is DoM at Holy Trinity Weymouth whilst maintaining a wide ranging freelance career.
Jeffrey Makinson BMus, FRCO
Jeffrey Makinson is Assistant Director of Music and Sub-Organist of Lincoln Cathedral. He trained at the Royal Northern College of Music and at Manchester University. He was Organ Scholar at York Minster from 1992-1994, Assistant Organist at Lincoln Cathedral, then Sub-Organist at Manchester Cathedral until 2015. He was Tutor in Organ Studies at the RNCM and at Manchester University. He is also a busy recitalist, accompanist, conductor, teacher and adjudicator in the city and throughout the country. He has performed at most of the major British venues and in numerous foreign countries including Czech Republic, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy and the USA. Jeffrey has a keen interest in promoting new music and has given first performances of works by numerous leading composers. As an orchestral musician, he has worked alongside some of the country’s leading ensembles.
Anne Marsden Thomas MBE, FRCO, FRSCM, B. Mus, ARAM, Dip RAM, LRAM, ARCM.
Anne founded St. Giles International Organ School in 1992 and directed it until January 2012 when it became part of RCO Academy. She has over 40 years' experience of organ teaching and wide experience of examining grade examinations and organ diplomas. She teaches in both the Junior and Senior departments of the Royal Academy of Music. She is Director of Music at St. Giles Cripplegate Church in London's Barbican.
Anne's concert and teaching work has taken her to Australia, the USA, Japan, Europe and all over the UK and she has made several commercial recordings. She has written 23 books for the student organist, as well as many articles for organists and their teachers. www.annemarsdenthomas.com
Simon Mercer BMus(Hons) ARCO
Chichester Cathedral was central in Simons’ formative years; studying organ with Alan Thurlow and trumpet with Crispian Steele-Perkins, he twice attended the Susi Jeans Summer School. He took BMus(Hons) and ARCO at the University of Sheffield continuing organ tuition with Graham Matthews, before a postgraduate year at the RNCM with Ronald Frost and Gillian Weir; then returning to Sheffield to research The Victorian Organ.
He taught in schools and colleges for 25 years, latterly as Director of Music at The King’s School in Macclesfield and moved into freelance work in July 2014.
As Organ and Academic Tutor at Junior RNCM, many of his students have been awarded prestigious scholarships. The current Organ Scholars at Trinity Hall and Christs College Cambridge, Liverpool Anglican and Metropolitan Cathedrals, Hertford and Keble Colleges Oxford (elect) are his pupils.
Simon conducts the highly regarded JRNCM Vocal Ensemble, a group of talented young musicians who tackle works from Gabrieli to Britten, Lauridsen and beyond. In September 2014 Simon launched the unique Hallé Choral Academy and became Visiting Conductor of the RNCM Symphony Chorus. He is currently Musical Director of Hayfield Singers and Prestbury Choral Society. He has been a national and international examiner for ABRSM since 2002.
Simon’s colourful, versatile playing and accompanying is much enjoyed; he has given recitals from Dunkeld to Vienna with further trips planned to Singapore and Hong Kong.
Martin G Penny MA(Oxon) FRCO MICM MISM
Martin has been a full-time freelance organist, choir director, teacher, examiner and lecturer since leaving the IT industry in 2002, holding posts in London and Hertfordshire. As well as his work at All Saints, he is Organist to the University of the Arts and has a long established teaching practice ‘HenPen Music’, run with his wife Mary in Letchworth since 1982.
He has taught professionals up to FRCO, ‘empty nesters’ reviving rusty skills as well as youthful starters. He teaches academic work either face-to-face or by distance learning.
Martin started organ lessons in his youth studying with Ronald Watson, Conrad Eden (Durham Cathedral) and John Webster and Walter Hillsman whilst at Exeter College, Oxford where he read Mathematics and acted as locum Organ Scholar. More recently Martin studied with Anne Marsden Thomas, Gerard Brooks and Kevin Bowyer at the then St Giles International Organ School (now RCO Academy) and at the Gothenburg International Organ Academy, winning Dixon and Richardson prizes at FRCO.
David Pipe MA (Cantab), MMus, FRCO, FRSA, LRAM
David is Director of the Organists’ Training Programme and Cathedral Organist in the Diocese of Leeds, previously having been Assistant Director of Music at York Minster. He read Music at Cambridge University as Organ Scholar of Downing College, later studying organ at the Royal Academy of Music. David enjoys teaching all ages and abilities: former pupils have been awarded Oxbridge organ scholarships and prizes in the RCO diplomas.
David appears regularly as an organ recitalist and accompanist, and has worked on television, radio and in recordings. Recent festival appearances have included the Bergen International Festival and the North York Moors Chamber Music Festival. His first solo recording, a disc of original works and transcriptions by Liszt and Brahms, was released in 2012 and voted ‘Recording of the Month’ by MusicWeb International. Also an experienced conductor, David is Principal Conductor of York Musical Society, one of the regions oldest and largest choral societies.
William Saunders BA (hons), ARCO
As Director of Music at The Royal Hospital School, Suffolk, between 2013-2019 William Saunders was responsible for a dynamic and busy music department, masterminding over eighty concerts and services annually, many ensembles and the Holbrook Choral Society. He was responsible for making RHS the first accredited RCO institution. He has also been Organist of St Mary-le-Tower Church, Ipswich, and Deputy Organist at St Edmundsbury Cathedral.
Now working freelance, William is available to share his extensive experience with organists of all ages and levels of attainment. He enjoys a busy career as a performer across Europe, touring Germany annually. William's repertoire is eclectic but he particularly enjoys performing romantic and modern English music. He has made several CDs on the Regent Records label and is conductor of the Prometheus Singers.
“William really does tick all the boxes as an animateur and educator! With his excellent communication skills and his virtuosic and arresting organ playing—he has rightly gained an enviable reputation in the field of organ education and outreach!” (Daniel Moult, Head of Organ Studies at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire)
Andrew-John Smith, FRCO, MA (Oxon), UM (Amsterdam)
Andrew studied as an organ scholar at New College, Oxford and the Amsterdam Conservatorium, and was a prize winner in the examinations of the Royal College of Organists. He has been a finalist for the Grand Prix de Chartres, and a prize-winner at both the Royal College of Organists’ ‘Performer of the Year’ and the St. Albans’ International Organ Festival. He has performed, broadcast and recorded across Europe including concerto performances of Rheinberger with the National Musicians’ Symphony Orchestra and Poulenc with the English Chamber Orchestra. For the Hyperion label his series of Saint-Saëns organ works from La Madeleine, Paris, has been received to great critical acclaim in many countries. It was for this that Gramophone described him as a “true master of the organ”. With a particular interest in performance practice he is always keen to ensure that his students receive tuition tailored to their needs.
Jeremiah Stephenson MA (Cantab) MMus FRCO
Jeremiah Stephenson combines his Sunday duties at All Saints Margaret Street with a busy career as a freelance recitalist, accompanist and teacher. He has held the organ scholarships at Queens’ College, Cambridge, and Peterborough Cathedral before studying at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with multiple prizes.
From 2015 to 2017, Jeremiah received funding from the Nicholas Danby Trust to study in Toulouse with Michel Bouvard and Willem Jansen. He regularly appears as accompanist to La Maîtrise de Toulouse, France’s premier children’s choir, both in concerts and recordings.
Jeremiah won prizes in the Associateship and Fellowship diploma exams of the Royal College of Organists. He won first prize in the Eben International Organ Competition held in the Czech Republic, and second prize in the International Competition ‘Prix de J L Florentz’ organized by L’Académie des Beaux-Arts in Angers, France.
Frederick Stocken MA (Cantab), PhD, FRCO.
Frederick’s teaching for the RCO is at present almost exclusively for the written papers of diploma exams, for which he has also examined. As well as face-to-face teaching, he offers lessons via Skype. Frederick is Organist at St George’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Southwark. He was Organ Scholar of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge where he studied with Peter Hurford. He won five prizes at ARCO and three at FRCO. His PhD, from the University of Manchester, is on nineteenth-century harmonic theory. He teaches the organ at Junior Academy and supporting studies in the organ department of the Royal Academy of Music.
Frederick has had many commissions as a composer, and has had music published by OUP and Banks. His published work also includes musicological writing and keyboard tutors. For more details: www.frederickstocken.com
David Thomas MA, FRCO, LRAM
David teaches all ages and abilities and is known for his calm and methodical teaching approach. Alongside a busy teaching schedule, David is the Director of Music at St Mary's Church in South Croydon where he directs the choir for the weekly Choral Eucharist and monthly Choral Evensong services. David graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with an MA in Organ Performance and was also awarded the Stephen Bicknell Organ Prize. Whilst at the RAM, he studied organ with David Titterington and Anne Marsden Thomas. David became the first recipient of the Dame Gillian Weir Organ Scholarship at the Royal Festival Hall. He has also held the Organ Scholarship at St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square. David holds both the Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists and the Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music in Organ Teaching.
Gerdi Troskie BMus, MMus
Gerdi Troskie completed her BMus and MMus degrees at the University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa and continued with post-graduate organ studies at the Amsterdam Conservatorium with Jacques van Oortmerssen. She was awarded the Conservatoriums Soloist's Diploma (organ) in 1996.
In 1996 Gerdi moved to the UK. She taught organ and musicianship at the Royal College of Music Junior Department from 1998-2005. Gerdi was Organist and Director of Music at St Anselm and St Cecilia Roman Catholic Church, Holborn, London from 1996-2002 and joined the Organ School team of professional teachers in 2000. Gerdi has taught on many courses, including the RCO Summer Course, and has directed courses for young organists at Oundle.
She has played recitals in the UK, The Netherlands, Sweden, Finland and South Africa. She has written articles for Organists Review magazine and adjudicated organ classes at Arts Festivals.
Robin Walker DipRAM, PPDip(Dist.), BMus(Perf.), LRAM.
obin Walker is Director of Music at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London, graduating in 2000. Before taking up his post in Cambridge Robin was Assistant Organist and Director of Music at St Georges Hanover Square, London. For two years he was Organist of Florence Abbey, where he led the restoration of the 1558 Zefferini organ. He was also instrumental in the restoration of the St Giles-in-the-Fields organ by William Drake.
Robin has made particular study of the early English and Italian repertoires, but performs and teaches the full range of the organ repertoire, with an emphasis on technique and interpretation. Robins passion for new music for the organ has led to giving many premiere performances and recording three CDs of new music. He has travelled Europe and the USA as recitalist, recording artist and teacher, giving master-classes on the early English and general repertoire in New Mexico, Norway and the UK. www.theorganist.co.uk
Simon Williams BA (Dunelm), FRCO, LRAM, PGCE
Simon studied at Durham University, where he was organ scholar of St Chad's College, and at the Royal College of Music. He has over 30 years' experience in organ teaching and has twice acted as a consultant for the ABRSM's organ exam syllabus. He is Organist & Director of Music at the Central London church of St George's Hanover Square W1 where he teaches on the acclaimed mechanical action organ by Richards, Fowkes & Co of 2012. He is also organ teacher at the Royal Masonic School Rickmansworth.
Simon has given organ recitals across the UK and in Europe and has given first performances of several pieces dedicated to him. As Music Director of Harrow Choral Society he has conducted many of the major choral works. He has had articles published in Choir & Organ Magazine, Organists' Review, and The American Organist; has recorded a number of CDs; and took part in the commissioning of new works for Faber Music's Unbeaten Tracks album for organ.
Anthony Wilson MA (Music Ed.) BA (Hons) (Music) BMedSci (Hons) FLCM ATCL ARCO PGCE
nthony first learnt the organ at school, starting a lifelong love of the instrument and its repertoire. Further studies at Nottingham University and with RCO Academy have continued to stimulate his interest.
e agrees targets with students so that they get the best value out of lessons. Some pupils take a course of regular lessons, while some book them on an ad hoc basis. He is equally comfortable with both approaches. Likewise, he is happy to guide a student through organ scholarship or exam preparation, or to work with a church organist keen to master the pedals or develop their hymn playing. He teaches both beginners as well as more experienced organists. He advocates reaching Grade 4 standard in piano before starting the organ.
fter training as a secondary music teacher, Anthony has taught in schools for around 20 years, including 5 years as a Head of Music. He occasionally accompanies Concentus Choir in Eastbourne, gives recitals from time to time, and enjoys preparing little known organ literature.