Summer School

—-SUMMER SCHOOL NOW FULL however, we would love to welcome you to our new Springboard course, which is due to take place from Monday 24 October through Friday 28 October, during half term break for most schools in the UK. Springboard is for players at Grade 6 and above, just like the Summer School, and it will run alongside our new Creative Oundle Autumn Organ Festival. For further information please click here or alternatively please apply to go on the waiting list by contacting


Summer School

A week of intensive tuition for young organists during the Oundle International Festival.

The OfO Summer School, founded 36 years ago, is the perfect week for a young organist. Our renowned tutors will guide and inspire you; you’ll gain new insights into your playing every day. You’ll make friends and spend time with kindred spirits, and you’ll broaden your musical horizons by experiencing memorable performances in the Oundle International Festival.

When? Monday 11th – Sunday 17th July 2022

Where? Oundle and surrounding villages. Cambridge visits will be confirmed if Covid protocols change.

Who? Organists around the ages of 14 – 23, from roughly Grade 6* standard through diploma level. Students will be grouped according to their level of experience.


Ann Elise Smoot: Director, Creative Oundle for Organists, recitalist, and teacher.
Katherine Dienes-Williams: Organist and Master of the Choristers, Guildford Cathedral
Alexander Hamilton: Assistant Director of Music, Wells Cathedral
Steven Grahl: Organist, Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford and Director of Oxford Schola Cantorum.
Katherine Pardee: Director of Studies for Music, Corpus Christi College, and Director of Music, Wadham College, Oxford.
Richard Pinel: Fellow and the Director of Music at Jesus College Cambridge, and Director of the Edington Festival of Music within the Liturgy.
Robert Quinney: Organist, New College, Oxford
Peter Wright: Former Director of Music, Southwark Cathedral and Past President of the Royal College of Organists

All of our tutors have pursued wide-ranging careers and are performers and teachers who are not only of the highest calibre, but also friendly, approachable, and eager to help you become the best musician you can be. 

Oundle for Organists reserves the right to alter course content, including tutors, should the need arise.

*Please contact us if you are unsure about your playing level but would like to come on the course.

Cost? £700

Please Note:

  • A non-refundable deposit of £200 will be asked for in the new year  with payment due by 1 May at the earliest. In the event of non-payment of deposit, your place will be offered to someone on our waiting list. (For bursary applicants, the timeline and procedure on this will vary, and we will advise you about this; please do not be concerned.)
  • In all other circumstances, refunds will only be issued at the discretion of the Director of OfO.
  • Payment of the full course fee will be required by 15 June. In the event of non-payment of the fee, the place will be offered to those on our waiting list. Again, this timeline may vary for bursary students, for example if the funding body providing the bursary has not yet released the funds to us.

The procedure for allocating places for the COfO Summer School is as follows:

Places will then be offered to those who have registered interest/applied (so please do so straight away!), again in the order that those expressions of interest and/or applications were received, and again with a deadline for responses. If you registered interest with us already, we have you on a list and you will receive priority treatment in this group; please do fill in an application form for us as we hope to be able to accommodate you! We will automatically allocate places for students on our 2021 waiting list.

Places will then be opened up to applications at large, should space permit.

‘My week at Oundle has been one of the most memorable of my life so far. Never before have I encountered so many young and like-minded people, and I have come away feeling that I have made some life-long friends.’ – 2019 Summer School Student

If you are interested in joining us, or in finding out more, contact us at

 As always, do not let finances stop you from applying. We can help you find funding, and in some cases can provide it ourselves. We have never turned a student away for financial reasons.