The Lady Organist

an online magazine for organists

I've had the builders in

The Lady Organist has been a little subdued for the past year, as other blogging duties* have taken precedence.  Looking over the site this January, I thought it was beginning to look dowdy.  And the format was creaking.   So in the interests of bringing you lots of brand new content, and in the best tradition of fashionable magazines (oh yes) there’s been a style makeover, to kick off 2017.

The site content remains as before, but the builders are still working through the snagging list, so please forgive any encounter with a rubbish page display, duff link or non-functioning widget.  If you can be bothered to tell me about it, you will earn my gratitude.


*as Editor of StopPress, the new blog from the Royal College of Organists

New Year, new job, and a moorhen that likes porridge

Due diligence has been performed.  I have filled forms, signed certificates of confidentiality, provided references, and acquired an enhanced DBS Certificate, which has been duly forwarded to the Diocese of Canterbury Safeguarding Office for inspection.  I have played for three services and not been found wanting. The Rector and the PCC have consulted on a careful job description. We have pondered the Royal School of Church Music recommended fees for

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Every home should have one

I have too many keyboard instruments in my home already, so naturally, last year I acquired another one.  The pecuniary outcome of quite a few months’ overtime at the day job* was handed over to David Mason of Viscount Organs, and in return, a 2-manual, 31-stop, 30-note radiating concave pedalboard practice organ arrived at my London terraced home a few weeks later.  And I can’t remember feeling so chuffed since

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Pedals, pedals, pedals – resources for organists

If your New Year’s resolutions included improving your pedal technique, here’s a summary of the assorted pedal resources I’ve marshalled over the last couple of years.   Some pedal etudes To start with, here’s something to make the process a little more interesting.  Composer Paul F Page recently contacted me to tell me about the organ music available to download from his website, which includes some Pedal Etudes for organ. 

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David Bowie – organists’ tributes

The death of David Bowie at the weekend saddened fans world-wide – people who had grown up with his music, and loved the man as musician and artist. A couple of organists took the opportunity to pay their own tribute – Nicholas Freestone, organ scholar at St Albans Cathedral, posted this version of Bowie’s Life on Mars on YouTube, and was humbled and astonished at the millions of hits it

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Favourites

Three favourite posts in the general category of organists' lifestyle. We do have a lifestyle, you know.

Handy excuses for organists

  We all have those days when our performance wasn't quite as good as it should have been, so here's a convenient list of suitable…

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You’re not a proper organist until…

Becoming an organist is not just about getting some swanky letters to put after your name, you know.  Certain important life skills are also required,…

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How to chat up your organist

Taken a shine to the new lady organist who has just started at your church?  Fancy seeing more of that young organ scholar you met…

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