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Pulling Out The Stops (POTS)

A friendly weekend for early-stages organists and pianists who want to play the pipe organ

5-7 April, held in Oundle, Northamptonshire 

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 (minimum) 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 (including lessons on pedal playing and hymns).

• Trip to Cambridge for an ‘organ crawl’ around the Cambridge college chapels.

• Warm and comfortable accommodation, recreational facilities and great food at Oundle School.

• Informal student concert on final day in Oundle School Chapel – all welcome.


The fee of £275 covers everything – tuition, accommodation, meals, transport during the weekend.


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



Tom Bell

‘Charismatic and virtuosic’, the director of the course is an enthusiastic advocate for the whole organ repertoire and a great communicator.

Tom is joined by two rising stars of the Cathedral music world…


Claire Innes-Hopkins

Assistant Organist at Lincoln Cathedral, an experienced and innovative teacher…


…and David Humphreys

Assistant Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral, a superb musician and an encouraging teacher.


James Lloyd Thomas 

completes the team. A regular member of the Oundle faculty for over a decade: hundreds of student have enjoyed his excellent teaching and ready wit!