Angelus cum organo - an Angel with an organettaDr. Julie Ainscough at the Frobenius organ of
All Saints' Parish Church Kingston-upon-Thames Surrey (U.K.).

DR.  JULIANA  M.  AINSCOUGH
LTCL  (Piano Teaching),  GTCL  (Music, with First-class Honours),  FTCL  (Composition),
 M.Mus.  (London, Composition),  Ph.D. (Surrey, Composition),  FISM,  FRCO.
(Mrs.  J.M.  Harrold)

13,  Clinton Road,  LEATHERHEAD,
Surrey,  KT22 8NU,  U.K.
Telephone: (+44)  (0)1372  375728. 



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http://www.organum.org.uk  -  the  professional  website  of
classical  musician,  teacher  and  composer  Dr.  Julie  Ainscough.

Hello!  I would like to welcome you to my website and introduce myself.  I am Dr. Juliana Ainscough (although most people know me simply as "Julie", with my surname pronounced as in "though") and this website will give you an impression of a busy, full-time, freelance professional life spent in classical music, primarily as a teacher of piano, pipe organ, music theory, music composition plus choral conducting and rehearsal techniques, but also as a performer (mainly pipe organ) and composer.  Commissions for original musical compositions and musical arrangements may be accepted, subject to the usual professional procedures and fee structures.

I work under my maiden name, although I am married and have children, as all my qualifications have been gained under that name;  also, having a surname beginning with "A" can be useful, especially when being listed as a teacher by music and instrumental retailers et alia!  My website URL plays on a Latin word which can be translated as "voice, instrument or organ", which seemed apposite.

Piano tuition at all levels, from the first, simple, lesson given to a very young child (aged only around five years) up to University and Conservatoire entrance and professional-level performance diplomas, forms a very significant part of my professional activity.  This means that a pupil can study with me from the point where they learn to play a first, simple melody with one hand, up to the point where they can step onto the professional concert platform for the first time.

Teaching pupils to play the pipe organ presumes a certain level of accomplishment at the piano:  a good pass at Grade Four on the piano is a reasonable point at which organ lessons can begin.  A considerable number of my young organ pupils have attained university organ scholarships (especially at Oxford and Cambridge: see the Organ Teaching page for details), from where they are able to gain professional employment, either in significant cathedrals or in other branches of music.  I teach adults to play the "King of Instruments" also and am able to assist churches which have no qualified organists to identify pianists whom I could train to accompany the liturgy and play organ repertoire competently.  I try always to make the learning process enjoyable for all of my pupils and they appreciate also the consistency and logical progression of their study with me.

Having spent many years as 'Organist & Choirmaster' or 'Director of Music' in both Anglican and Roman Catholic parish churches, I am now Organist of a very different kind of church:  St. Augustine's Abbey at Chilworth, near Guildford, is a community of monks affiliated to the Subiaco - Cassinese Congregation of the Order of Saint Benedict;  under the guidance of their Abbot, the Right Reverend Dom Paulinus Greenwood O.S.B., they moved into the former Franciscan Friary (once the mother house and Novitiate of the Order of Friars Minor in Britain and Eire) at Chilworth in November 2011, having been resident previously at Ramsgate in Kent.  The beautiful, F.A. Walters-designed, Abbey church is open to the public for private prayer, meditation and attendance at the Daily Office, which commences in the early morning with Vigils and ends in mid-evening with Compline.  Mass is sung daily (with Gregoriam plainchant), normally at 9 a.m. on weekdays and at 10 a.m. on Sundays.  Trains on the Tonbridge-Guildford-Reading line call at Dorking (Deepdene) and at Chilworth (from which station St. Augustine's Abbey is but a quarter-mile uphill walk).  My most recent organ recital at the Abbey was given on Sunday the 14th of September 2014 at 3 p.m. and featured music by Sebastián Aguilera de Heredia, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, J.S. Bach, Marcel Dupré, Olivier Messiaen and Giles Swayne.

I live in Leatherhead, in the County of Surrey, in South-East England, near Junctions Nine and Ten of the M25 London orbital motorway, the A3 London-Portsmouth Road and the A24 London-Worthing Road;  both London Heathrow (LHR/EGLL) and London Gatwick (LGW/EGKK) airports are approximately thirty minutes' drive from Leatherhead.  Trains from London (Waterloo and Victoria) for Dorking, Horsham and Guildford call at Ashtead and Leatherhead;  trains from London (Waterloo) for Guildford call at Oxshott;  trains on the Tonbridge-Guildford-Reading line call at Dorking (Deepdene), close by the main station.

My substantial pupil roster draws upon a large geographical area which, principally, includes South-West London, Middlesex and Surrey. Pupils have come to me in recent times from Ashtead, Banstead, Barnes, Binscombe, Brockham, Cobham, Chobham, Claygate, Dorking, Ealing, East Horsley, East Molesey, Effingham, Epsom, Farnborough (Hampshire), Fetcham, Grayshott, Great Bookham, Hampton, Headley, Kingston-upon-Thames, Leatherhead, New Malden, Milford, Oxshott, Rainham (Essex), Raynes Park, Reigate, Redhill, Shamley Green, Staines, Streatham, Surbiton, Sutton, Tadworth, Teddington, Thames Ditton, Thornton Heath, Twickenham, Uxbridge, Walton-on-Thames, West Byfleet, West Horsley, Westcott and Weybridge.  My pupils have been (and are) of many different nationalities, drawn from across the world, with a number coming from cultures beyond that of Western Europe.

I may be able to help fulfil your musical needs and aspirations.  Please contact me to discuss your musical requirements.  Fees are based on the standard professional scales recommended by the Royal School of Church Music, the Royal College of Organists and the Incorporated Society of Musicians (which latter organisation elected me as an accredited member of its Register of Private Professional Teachers after having validated all of my academic credentials, subjected my modus operandi to exhaustive scrutiny and having obtained appropriate references from within the profession).  I hold also a Fellowship of the Society, in recognition of my long-standing membership.  The ISM is the only organisation in Britain which subjects instrumental teachers to positive vetting.

"The ISM, founded in 1882, is the UK's professional body for all musicians. It promotes the art of music and upholds the honour and interests of the musical profession by protecting the interests of musicians, raising professional standards, and providing legal advice and other benefits to its 5,000 members, who include performers, teachers, composers, conductors, organists, writers and others involved in professional musical work.  Information can be supplied to you on request".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

David Sanger (17th April 1947 - 28th May 2010)

I studied the organ at Trinity College of Music, London, then privately with the late David Sanger, the international concert organist, teacher of organ and (between 2009-2010) President of the Royal College of Organists.  He, himself, was a pupil of world-renowned professors Marie-Claire Alain and Anton Heiller).  David Sanger was a superlative performer, an exacting and inspirational teacher, a delightful friend and a man of impeccably upright character whose common sense, humour and wisdom engendered affection and respect from all who knew him.  His passing, in the most tragic circumstances, is mourned deeply around the world.  May he rest in peace.

A celebration of David's life was held on Saturday the Fifth of March 2011 at 2.00pm in Great St Mary's, the University Church in Market Square, Cambridge.  This was followed by a reception at Selwyn College.  A number of David's close colleagues and former students performed, Kevin Bowyer, Timothy Byram-Wigfield, Clive Driskill-Smith, Hans Fagius, Stephen Farr, David Goode, Jon Laukvik, Philip Rushforth and John Scott among them.  Additionally, some of David's choral music was sung.  An organ recital by a number of leading organists was also given in memory of David on Monday 1st November 2010 at 1 p.m. on the organ of St. Michael's, Cornhill, in the City of London.


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new on this site   NEWS

    Following a protracted period in which it proved impossible to communicate with my website by File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
        and with the problem remaining unresolved by my ISP (Virgin Media), despite my webmaster's best efforts and with the
        Virgin web hosting service being terminated (at very short notice) on April 28th 2016, arrangements have been concluded
        with Easyspace in Glasgow to provide web hosting and to continue the E-mail forwarding service which I have used for
        many years.  Please bear with us during the transition period, in which the website will be updated and any bugs should
        be dealt with effectively!

This button is a link to the organ repertoire page    Organ Repertoire page revised 14/05/2016 to include further pieces.

This button is a link to the organ teaching page    Organ teaching page revised 28/09/2015 with news of the appointment of Edward Buxton
        as Organ Scholar-elect at Jesus College, Oxford.

This button is a link to the organ teaching page    Organ teaching page revised 26/09/2015 with news of the appointment of Alex Coutts
        as Organ Scholar-elect at Magdalene College, Cambridge.

This button is a link to the organ repertoire page    Organ Repertoire page revised 15/09/2014 to include a few more additions.

This button is a link to the organ teaching page    Organ teaching page revised 25/08/2014 with news of Albert Kang (recently Organ Scholar, Westminster School),
        who is confirmed (with four A* passes at A-level) to go up to Cambridge as Junior Organ Scholar of Homerton
        College, where he will work alongside Senior Organ Scholar Jonathan Huse (ex-Hampton School).

This button is a link to the organ teaching page    Organ teaching page revised 29/07/2014 with news of the return of Lawrence Thain to the U.K.
        from his sojourn in the United States of America, plus various layout and other revisions.

This button is a link to the Recitalist, Ensemble Player & Accompanist page    Recitalist, Ensemble Player & Accompanist page revised 17/07/2014 to mention my organ recital at
        St. Augustine's Abbey, Chilworth, near Guildford, GU4 8QR, on Sunday the 14th of September 2014 at 3:00 p.m..

This button is a link to the organ repertoire page    Organ Repertoire page revised 15/03/2014 to include many additions.

This button is a link to the organ teaching page    Organ teaching page revised 24/09/2013 with news of the appointment of Albert Kang
        as Organ Scholar-elect at Homerton College, Cambridge.

This button is a link to the Agreement for Music Tuition page    Agreement for Music Tuition page revised 12/09/2013 to include a hyperlink to a new, printer-friendly
        PDF version of the document.

This button is a link to the Curriculum Vitae page    Curriculum Vitae page revised 12/09/2013 to include changes to the List of Referees and to add a hyperlink to a new,
        printer-friendly PDF version of the document.

This button is a link to the organ teaching page    Organ teaching page revised 01/09/2013 with news of the appointment of Christopher Breeze and Jonathan Huse
        as Organ Scholars at Oxford and Cambridge being confirmed after publication of 'A'-Level results.

This button is a link to the organ repertoire page    Organ Repertoire page revised 15/08/2013 to include various additions.

This button is a link to the organ teaching page    Organ teaching page revised 13/08/2013 with news of former organ pupil Timothy Burke's return to London
        in furtherance of his career in opera.

This button is a link to the organ teaching page    Organ teaching page revised 18/07/2013 with news of organ pupil Alastair Cockrem's successes at Trinity-Guildhall
        Grade Eight (Organ), taken at Godalming Parish Church.  Videos about Oxford and Cambridge organ scholarships are added.

This button is a link to the Organ Repertoire page    Organ Repertoire page revised 12/04/2013 to include various additions.

This button is a link to the Recitalist, Ensemble Player & Accompanist page    Recitalist, Ensemble Player & Accompanist page revised 08/04/2013 to mention my organ recital at
        St. Augustine's Abbey, Chilworth, near Guildford, GU4 8QR, on Friday the 14th of June 2013 at 7:30 p.m..

This button is a link to the organ teaching page    Organ teaching page revised 12/03/2013 with news of organ pupils' successes at the 2013 Godalming Music Festival.

This button is a link to the organ teaching page    Organ teaching page revised 08/10/2012 with a testimonial from the Director of Music at Hampton School
        in respect of the organ scholarships won recently by Jonathan Huse and Christopher Breeze.

This button is a link to the Church Musician page    Church Choirmaster & Organist page revised 27/08/2012 with news of my appointment as Organist of
        St. Augustine's (Benedictine) Abbey, Chilworth, near Guildford (and of my inaugural organ recital there).

This button is a link to the composition page    Composition page revised 23/04/2012 with news of my graduation from the University of Surrey
        with the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Music on the 20th of April 2012.

This button is a link to the contact details section    Website revised 12/05/2005 to frustrate would-be spammers: please read instructions about sending E-mails.


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This button is a link to the Organist, Accompanist & Ensemble Player page   Organist, Accompanist & Ensemble Player

I have received critical acclaim for performances of organ music from the late Renaissance and the Baroque eras, and have a particular affinity with the music of the Spanish, French and North German schools. I am also highly-reputed as a performer of organ music by the major French romantic and Twentieth Century composers - César Franck and Jehan Alain in particular.
"...a carefully-articulated performance of real stature and authority..." (DORKING ADVERTISER, Surrey)
"This occasion was very special...the instrumental playing was particularly fine".  (MALCOLM SINGER, Yehudi Menuhin School).

This button is a link to the Organ Repertoire page   Organ Repertoire

I have been fortunate to receive critical acclaim for my performances of organ music from the late Renaissance and the Baroque eras, and have a particular affinity with the music of the Spanish, French and North German schools. I am also well-reputed as a performer of organ music by the major French Romantic and Twentieth Century composers. Repertoire is added to continually, but the listing on this page may be considered representative.

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The choral repertoire which I encompass as a conductor can range from plainsong, the polyphonic era (the Spanish masters in particular), via the Baroque era and the Viennese classical school, to the leading composers of the Romantic age and the Twentieth Century. Music for the Church year and music for the choral society concert are catered for with equal understanding and skill.
"I am so pleased to know that the music (for the Guildford - Winchester Inter-Diocesan West Africa Link Festival Service at Guildford Cathedral) will be in safe hands".
(CANON ADRIAN LEAK, retired former Canon Præcentor of Guildford Cathedral).

This button is a link to the Church Musician page   Church Musician

With some forty years' experience of Anglican and Roman Catholic church musicianship at parish, monastic and cathedral levels, I am able to offer both musical talent and practical ability on a human level.
"Take it from me:  I've been coming to this church for the past forty years or so, but we have never had a Carol Service as good as this before."  (Parishioner, Christ Church, London SW20).
"Dr. Julie Ainscough ... has supported and enhanced our Sunday Eucharist by accompanying the monks' plainchant with great care, sensitivity and understanding."
(The Right Reverend Dom M. A. Paulinus Greenwood OSB, Abbot of Chilworth, 16th November 2012).

This button is a link to the Wedding music page   Wedding music

Choosing the music for your wedding may seem a perplexing task:  I can offer well-informed advice based on many years of directing the music on this most special of days.

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I studied Composition with Professor Antonin Tucápsky at Trinity College of Music London (and won the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Prize for Composition in the year before admission to Fellowship there).  Post-graduate study followed at the University of London (Goldsmiths' College Degree of Master of Music in Composition).  I received the University of Surrey's David Lovatt Prize for Composition in November 2005 and was awarded the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Music by the University of Surrey on the 25th of May 2011, graduating on Friday 20th April 2012.
"The finest composition student I have ever had".
(Professor Stanley Glasser, now retired as Professor Emeritus of Goldsmiths' College, University of London).
"I was very delighted with your music, with your progress, with your perseverance, with your devotion...".
(Professor Antonín Tučapský, now retired as Professor Emeritus of Trinity College London).
"Well done!  This (the David Lovatt Prize for Composition) is exciting news".
(Professor Sebastian Forbes, University of Surrey - 11/11/2005).

This button is a link to the Organ Teaching page   Organ Teaching

I have a significant record of success as a teacher of pipe organ.  Prize-winning organ pupils have attained excellent examination results (up to Royal College of Organists professional diploma level) plus a number of organ scholarships, including the 2010-2013 Organ scholarships at Balliol, Pembroke and University colleges, the 2008-11 Organ Scholar at New College and the 2001-2004 Organ Scholar at Exeter College (all University of Oxford), plus the 2008-11 scholarship at Jesus College, University of Cambridge.
"...I just wanted to say how excellent I found Timothy Burke. I think he's a really splendid fellow and he's been exceedingly well-taught. Many congratulations, Julie..."
(the late DAVID SANGER, International concert organist and Professor).
"The (organ) scholars at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, are usually gap year (or older) musicians, so (for Lawrence Thain) to be awarded the scholarship at 14 he must have a pretty good teacher."  (HAMPTON SCHOOL PARENT, Monday 15/08/2005).

This button is a link to the Piano Teaching page   Piano Teaching

Piano tuition - at all levels from beginner to advanced (up to Performer's Certificate and University/Conservatoire entrance) - has occupied me successfully for over thirty years and is given on a superb grand piano by one of the world's greatest piano makers:  the Viennese firm of L. Bösendorfer Klavierfabrik GmbH.  Excellent examination results are backed-up by conspicuous success in competitive music festivals.

This button is a link to the Agreement for music tuition page   An agreement for music tuition

I accept pupils and give piano lessons according to the stipulations and recommendations of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (which organisation elected me as an accredited member of its Register of Private Professional Teachers, after exhaustive scrutiny of my modus operandi and having obtained thoroughly-validated references from within the profession). The terms and conditions under which I teach privately are contained in a document entitled "An agreement for music tuition", which is supplied as a hard copy to all prospective clients when I meet them for an initial consultation.

This button is a link to the Curriculum Vitae page   Curriculum Vitae

Professional credentials and career history in detail.

This button is a link to the Links page   Links

A page of links to useful and interesting websites related to music.


Location & Contact details

My location, towards the South-East part of Leatherhead.
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Please contact me for more information or to inquire about availability. E-mails should be addressed to Click here to E-mail me with your enquiryainscough-at-organum.org.uk (replacing "-at-" with the usual @ symbol in the "Mail To" field of your E-mail window: this helps to keep my inbox clear of junk E-mails, etc.). I may be contacted also by telephone on (+44) (0)1372 375728 or you may write to me, using conventional "snail-mail" post, addressing correspondence to:

DR. JULIANA M. AINSCOUGH, LTCL, GTCL, FTCL, M.Mus., Ph.D., FISM, FRCO (Mrs. J.M. Harrold),
13, Clinton Road, LEATHERHEAD,
Surrey, KT22 8NU, UNITED KINGDOM.

Travel expenses and subsistence allowances may be requested if long journeys to and from engagements are involved. I speak some German and Spanish in addition to my native English. I can usually deal with written enquiries in other major languages if allowed a little time.


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