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The course for organ scholars at Universities and cathedrals

29 - 31 August at Oxford

Advance is a course designed to help bridge the gap from studentship to professional life. Whether you are an organ scholar at a university or a cathedral, or studying the organ at conservatoire, the course will tackle various skills which can add vital lustre to your CV:

  • Choir-training skills: Gesture and listening, with Jeremy Summerly
  • Improvisation: Building up from simple beginnings, with Jean-Baptiste Dupont
  • Liturgy and Music-list planning: What clergy need, and why, with Simon Jones, Chaplain of Merton College
  • Repertoire and technique: On and off the beaten track, with William Whitehead

A further unique opportunity is to be had on this course;
The Sixteen’s young artists scheme, ‘Genesis’, will also be in residence at Magdalen College, and there will be the opportunity for some course-members to work with Co-Directors Harry Christophers and Eamonn Dougan in developing consort-training skills. Whether as a continuo player, a repetiteur or a conductor, many of you will encounter some of today’s highly-polished consorts in your professional life. Experience something of this world and gain valuable insight!


The fee of £300 covers tuition, and accommodation, breakfast and dinner at Magdalen College.


You may be able to persuade your college or cathedral to contribute, or perhaps we can offer bursaries to support those who cannot afford the fee.



William Whitehead 

The director of the course is a sought-after organ virtuoso, teacher and jury member, and the presiding genius behind The Orgelbüchlein Project. A popular andeloquent teacher, William is a fount of knowledge on matters stylistic and technical.


Jeremy Summerly 

Choral conductor of huge experience and searing talent, whose work can be heard on over 40 CD recordings and frequently on BBC Radios 3 and 4. Currently Senior Academic Studies Lecturer at the Royal Academy of Music, he knows everyone in the professional music world.


Jean-Baptiste Dupont 

Organist of Bordeaux Cathedral, a brilliant improviser, and partway through recording Reger’s complete organ works, Jean-Baptiste is a passionate advocate of the organ repertoire and rising star of the French organ firmament. 


David Goode 

Organist and Head of Keyboard at Eton College, home to an important collection of historic instruments and some of the UK's most talented young organists; he combines this with a concert career that takes him to all parts of the world.