The Lady Organist

an online magazine for organists

Useful links

ORGANISATIONS

Royal College of Organists/RCO Academy
Events and classes for organists and choral directors – qualifications which are recognised world-wide

Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM)
Grade examinations for organists – shop for music

The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM)
Courses, information and publications on music in worship

British Institute of Organ Studies (BIOS)
Promotes the study and preservation of pipe organs in Britain – meetings and conferences.  Along with the Royal College of Organists, BIOS looks after the National Pipe Organ Register (NPOR), the ultimate site for organ geeks, where you can find detailed specifications of over 31,000 organs in Britain

OHS Pipe Organ Database
The US equivalent of NPOR – online catalog of pipe organs within the US:  including all those that have been built in North America and installed there or abroad.  Constantly being updated – currently 51,000 database entries including 14,000 photographs

Incorporated Association of Organists (IOA)
Umbrella organisation for local organists’ associations in the UK – regular events – publishes Organists’ Review magazine

The Organ Club
Undertakes monthly visits to towns and cities in the UK to hear and play interesting organs; organises an annual tour in the UK or abroad; invites eminent organists to give masterclasses; publishes journals and newsletters

het Orgel
The internet pages of Europe’s oldest magazine on the Organ – of Dutch origin but with pages in English.

MUSIC

IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library, incorporating the Werner Icking Music Archive (WIMA)
Comprehensive library of public domain music to download

Mutopia Project
More music to download under a Creative Commons licence

ChoralWiki
Home of the Choral Public Domain Library – free choral/vocal scores, texts, translations and other useful material

The Sheet Music Warehouse
Commercial supplier of sheet music – I’ve found them very useful for out of print music

Usedorganmusic
Buy and sell second hand organ music, some books on organs and church music, some choral music

HymnQuest
Software that provides a database of thousands of hymn and worship song tunes to search via tunes, words, composers, authors, first lines – try for free for 30 days

Dolmetsch online
Award-winning music theory and history site – useful for music students from beginners upwards

Michael’s Music Service
Based in North Carolina USA, they restore, reprint and distribute organ music which is otherwise unavailable

SHOES

Allegro Music
Specialise in the supply of music for ABRSM and other exams  – and Organmaster shoes

RECITALS, RADIO & CDs

Organrecitals.com
Listings site of thousands of organ recitals throughout UK

Pipedreams
Website of US public radio programme celebrating the pipe organ with extensive archives for online listening

Organlive.com
Internet radio station devoted to the classical organ, from the Organ Media Foundation in the US

Positively Baroque
Sister station to Organlive.com, playing just organ music from the baroque period

Priory Records
UK record label that focusses on church music.  You’ll find CDs and DVDs of many of the top organists here

JOBS UK

organistsonline
Run by Philip Norman Music Services, this site lists permanent and dep jobs in the UK, as well as other useful stuff for organists

RSCM
Classified advertisements from RSCM Church Music Quarterly, including job vacancies

Church Times jobs
First stop for classified ads for organists jobs in the UK

THEATER ORGANS

TheaterSeat Store
A US site which makes a good starting point for research into the American Theater Organ – instruments and players

theatreorgans.com
Another US theater organ site with links to vintage organ hire, enthusiast sites, classified ads, and other neat organ stuff