Pulling Out the Stops

A friendly, fun, action-packed three days for beginner organists up to Grade 5, and pianists who want to try the pipe organ. 

When? Tuesday 2 – Thursday 4 April 2024 

Who? Age range approximately 10-15. 

What happens? 

Inspiring classes with top organists on organs in and around Oundle 

  • ‘Organ crawl’ in Cambridge 
  • Great pastoral care with our caring staff 
  • Lots of fun with like-minded peers 
  • Opportunities to hear your tutors play 


£350; bursaries available 

“[Our daughter] had a fantastic time on POTS. “I’ve been in a bubble for a few days. A very happy bubble – with lots of other people like me.” She also seems to have learned so much and be so motivated – all of which I hopes POTS would do for her but I think it has exceeded my hopes.” 


POTS Tutors to include

Pulling out the stops features a range of world class tutors to help you get the most out of your time with us.

Click through to read biographies of our featured tutors

General information

Creative Oundle for Organists

c/o Bulley Davey, 6 North Street, Oundle PE8 4AL

Telephone 01832 279086


Part of Creative Oundle, registered charity number 1051428

Application deadlines:

  • POTS – Friday, 8 March 2024 
  • Summer School – Friday, 28 June 2024

Early booking is strongly advised

Applications for all courses should be accompanied by a reference by your regular organ (or piano) teacher.

Once we have offered you a place, payment should be made as follows:

POTS: full fee within two weeks of acceptance.

Summer School: £200 deposit within two weeks of acceptance to hold your place and balance by 12 May. Late payment of deposit may result in your place being offered to another applicant.

Details of how to pay will be provided with the offer of a place. These deadlines do not apply to bursary applicants. We will advise on acceptance.

Refunds Policy

In the event of cancellation by the applicant, the refund of fees will be as follows:

  • 1 month or more before course start date – 80%
  • Refunds after 1 month before a course are at the discretion of the Director


We have never turned away a student for financial reasons. If you wish to apply for a bursary, tick the box on the Application Form from our website, and complete the separate Bursary Application form. We will contact you with advice and help.

Pastoral Care

‘From the moment you greeted everyone, we were set at ease that this was the perfect place for (our son)’ – Parent of Summer School student

COfO prides itself on its pastoral care. Our house parents, drivers, tutors, and staff create a warm, welcoming atmosphere where all students can thrive. View our child protection and House Rules policies on our website. Infringement of House Rules may result in a student being sent home early from a course with no refund.

Still not sure? Visit our website to hear students talk about COfO in their own words.


COfO Supporters: The Behrens Foundation, The Douglas Compton Charitable Trust, The Edith Murphy Foundation, Gillet Charitable Foundation, The Kirby Laing Foundation, The Ouseley Church Music Trust, Royal College of Organists, Alan Saggerson in memory of Margaret Saggerson, Richard and Amanda Smoot, Henry Cox and Michael Kunkel, The Alan Spedding Memorial Fund, Viscount Organs, Williams Church Music Trust 

COfO reserves the right to make changes to the courses advertised in this brochure if unforeseen circumstances arise.