Pulling Out The Stops

Pulling Out All the Stops is a friendly three-day course for early-stages organists and pianists who want to play the pipe organ.



Our annual residential weekend course for early-stages organists is always very popular. We welcome students (typical age 10-15) who are either young organists up to grade 5, or pianists at grade 4 standard or higher who wish to try the pipe organ. Pulling Out The Stops is just what you need to get going and it’s huge fun!

Inspiring lessons in small groups on 6 excellent organs in and around Oundle

  • Trip to Cambridge for an ‘organ crawl’ around the Cambridge college chapels 
  • Warm and comfortable accommodation, and great food at Oundle School.
  • Informal student concert on final day in Oundle School Chapel – all welcome.
  • Fee: £300

The fee of £300 covers everything – tuition, accommodation, meals, transport during the weekend.


You may be able to persuade your school or church to contribute, but we also offer bursaries and work with partner organisations to help support those who cannot afford the fee. We have never turned anyone away for financial reasons.

POTS and Springboard tutors to include

Ann Elise Smoot: Director, Creative Oundle for Organists, recitalist, and teacher.
Sarah Baldock: Organist, choral conductor and teacher Sarah Baldock has worked in cathedrals, schools and as a freelance performer.
Tom Bell: international recitalist and passionate advocate of contemporary music
Richard Pinel: Fellow and Director of Music, Jesus College, Cambridge
Jeremiah Stephenson: Associate Director of Music at All Saints Margaret Street and Royal College of Organists accredited teacher
Gerdi Troskie: Accredited Teacher of the Royal College of Organists, and visiting instrumental teacher at the King’s School, Worcester.
Mark Williams: Informator Choristarum, Organist and Tutorial Fellow, Magadalen College, Oxford

Find out more by emailing us at courses@creativeoundle.co.uk