London-based freelance organist
BA Hons Music & ARCO:
Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Music, University of Leeds
Associate diploma of The Royal College of Organists (professional accreditation)
40+ years experience (part-time) of organ playing and choral directing in Anglican, Roman Catholic and Free Churches. BCP experienced.
Flexible and sensitive freelance organist. Special occasions a speciality whether sad, joyous or solemn.
Available Sundays and weekdays for Church services, weddings, funerals, and special occasions. Happy to advise on music choices. Happy to accompany choir, soloists and instrumentalists.
Based in South East London and works across Greater London, Kent, Surrey and the South.
Organ & Theory Coaching I offer organ lessons (beginner up to diploma) on a beautiful, well-maintained 3-manual & pedals Lewis organ in Penge, South East London. I also offer theory of music training (up to diploma level). For further information, please contact me.
Mentoring I offer assistance to organists of all levels. I also offer assistance to pianists/keyboard players (Grade 5 standard or higher) to acquire the skills needed to play the organ (pipe organ a speciality) for church services. Help is tailored to the individual's and church's needs. For further information, please contact me.
Biography I read music at the University of Leeds where I studied organ and harpsichord with Peter Seymour and performance studies with Graham Barber. Further organ studies have been undertaken with Anne Marsden Thomas and Marilyn Harper. I learned the piano from the age of 12, and later taught myself to play the organ when my local church needed an organist. I obtained my first Organist and Director of Music post at St Luke, Woodside, South Norwood at the age of 16, and returned there later for a second stint. During my time in Leeds I was Organist and Director of Music at three churches: St Augustine, Wrangthorn; St Mark, Woodhouse; and All Hallows, Hyde Park. After a period of postgraduate music studies and church pastoral work, I moved back to London to study for the public sector chartered accountancy qualification, eventually becoming Assistant Director of Finance for a large local authority. During those years I played regularly and directed choirs for Anglican and Roman Catholic churches in South London. In 2021 I decided to update my organ playing skills and was successful in obtaining the Associate diploma of the Royal College of Organists. In 2022 I took early retirement and I now work as a freelance organist and choir director.
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Contact Alan on: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07769 717879