Repertoire Lists and Session Details

Choose a tutor to reveal the repertoire list or session information for their Organ Studios.

Students need to prepare ONE piece per studio to a good performing standard. Editions are stated for guidance; where a piece is available in more than one edition either/any edition may be used.

ABRSM grades 4-5/CAM 2 with William Dore

All students are expected to play in Studios and please prepare the repertoire well in advance of the course. These lists are only a guide; feel free to bring other works to the sessions, but make sure they fit loosely with the theme of the day.

Tuesday: The English Voluntary, Byrd to Stanley

* = on ABRSM syllabus G IV;  * *  = ABRSM syllabus GV

Byrd
Preludium  Byrd  Organ & Keyboard Works (Barenreiter no. 10897)
Clarifica Me Pater Faber Early Organ Series Vol 1. Ed. James Dalton 0571507719 

Purcell
Symphony to Act V (The Fairy Queen) A Purcell Organ Album arr. Setchell (OUP) *
Voluntary in G Purcell Organ Works (Novello NOV590294)

Greene
Voluntary no 6 in B flat major Old English Organ Music for Manuals Book 2 (OUP)

C. Gibbons
Verse for Double Organ Oxford Service Music for Organ, Manuals only Book 2 (OUP) * *

O.  Gibbons
Fantasia in C Orlando Gibbons Works for organ (Universal Edition UE 19559)

James
Voluntary Oxford Service Music for Organ, Manuals only Book 2 (OUP) 

Tomkins
Verse Early Organ Series vol. England 1590-1650) Peters EP7722

Stanley
Voluntary no 2 in D minor 10 Organ Voluntaries, op 5. Peters EP 7722 

Wednesday: Buxtehude, Bach and their contemporaries

* = on ABRSM syllabus G IV;  * *  = ABRSM syllabus GV

Bach
O Lamm Gottes unschuldig BWV 1095 Oxford Service Music for Organ, Manuals only Book 2 *
Erchienen ist der herrliche Tag BWV 629 (orgelbuchlein) Complete editions: Barenreiter Complete editions vol 3 or Breitopf & Hartel Vol 9 (EB6589) of Peters Vol 5. **
Ich ruf un zu dir  (BWB 639) Complete editions: Barenreiter Complete editions vol 3 or Breitopf & Hartel Vol 9 (EB6589) of Peters Vol 5. **
Prelude & Fugue in E minor BWV 555 Short 8 Preludes & Fugues (BWV 553-560) ; Breitkopf & Hartel Nr. 8349, Barenreiter (BA6497); Edition Peters No. 4442a

Cernohorsky
Toccata C dur Vox Humana vol 6 Czech Republic. Faber 0571507824

Couperin
Trio (7e couplet de Gloria) No 12. Messe pour les Couvents. Oxford Service Music for Organ, Manuals only Book 2 *

Buxtehude
Puer Natus in Bethlehem, Bux WV 127. No 40 from Buxtehude New Edition of the Complete Works, vol 5 (Barenreiter)*
Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, Bux WV 211 Buxtehude New Edition of the Complete Works, vol 5 (Barenreiter)

Krebs
Prelude in F Oxford Service Music for Organ, Manuals & Pedals Book 1 *

Sweelinck
Toccata in A minor  (No 29 from Sweelinck Works for Organ & Keyboard (Dover DP13186) or The Church Organist, Vol 2  (Kevin Mayhew) *

Marchand
Basse de trompette Oxford Service Music for Organ, Manuals only Book 2 **

Scheidt
Komm. Gott Schopfer, heiliger Geist. The Church Year (Cramer) **

Zipoli
All’offertorio A Graded Anthology for Organ, Book 4. (Cramer)

Thursday: The Romantic Sonata

* = on ABRSM syllabus G IV;  * *  = ABRSM syllabus GV

Elgar
Vesper Voluntary No. 3 (from 11 Vesper Voluntaries, Op. 14) *

Parry
Tranquilly *

Oxford Service Music for Organ, Manuals and Pedals* 

Geissler
Adagio  Op. 39 A Graded Anthology for Organ, Book 4 (Cramer)  

Karg-Elert
Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele, no. 5 Chorale-Improvisations, op. 65 book 1 Breitkopf EB8261

Vierne
Arabesque or Berceuse 24 Pièces en style libre vol. 2 Durand DF00897300

Guilmant
Lamento (Op. 90 No. 4). A Graded Anthology for Organ, Book 5 (Cramer)** Massenet:  Prelude in C. Oxford Service Music for Organ, Manuals and Pedals Book 2 **

 Oley
Der Tag ist hin, mein Jesu bey mir bleibe. The Church Year (Cramer) ** 

Reubke
Trio in Eb. Oxford Service Music for Organ, Manuals and Pedals Book 2 (OUP) or   Reubke Organ Works (Wiener Urtext UT 50243)  

Vierne
Intermezzo A Graded Romantic French Anthology for Organ, Book 2 (Cramer)**

Friday: Modern and Contemporary

MacMillan
White Note Paraphrase Boosey M060113925 

Ridout
Jesus Meets His Blessed Mother or Jesus Speaks to the Women of Jerusalem.  The Fourteen Stations of the Cross (Kevin Mayhew 1400014)

Demessieux
Rorate Coeli; *or Attende Domine ** Twelve Choral Preludes on Gregorian Chant Themes Alfred 0603

Rawsthorne
Flourish for an Occasion from 12 Fanfares and Trumpet Tunes for Festive Occasions (pedals edition: Kevin Mayhew 1400209)  *
Fanfare for Francis. Available in the album: Fanfare for Francis (Banks FJ1917)

Roe
Bishop’s Blues. Swing Gently (pedals edition: Kevin Mayhew 1400326)  *

Geoffray
O quam suavis A Graded Anthology for Organ, Book 5 (Cramer) **

C. S. Lang
Tuba Tune in D, Op. 15 A Graded Anthology for Organ, Book 5 (Cramer) & separately.**

Robert-Diessel
Lied. Female Composers: 22 Organ Pieces (Schott ED 9741) 

Wills
Processional (Fagus Music)

ABRSM grade 6/CAM 3 with Claire Hobbs

All students are expected to play in Studios and please prepare the repertoire well in advance of the course. These lists are only a guide; feel free to bring other works to the sessions, but make sure they fit loosely with the theme of the day.

Tuesday: The English Voluntary, Byrd to Stanley

Sweelink
Variations on Pavana Philippi (Theme and any selection of variations)
Variations on Engelsche Fortuyn (complete) (Available in editions Bärenreiter or Leonhardt Amstedam edition, Dover has Pavana but not Engelsche Fortuyn) 

John Bull
Fantasia from Ten Pieces (Edition Stainer and Bell)

Stanley
Voluntary in C major from 10 Voluntaries for Organ Op 5 (Available in Peters or Carus)

Walond
Voluntary Op 1, No. 5 in G major (Three Cornet Voluntaries)Roseingrave:  Double Fugue in E minor (Edition Stainer and Bell)

Wednesday: Buxtehude, Bach and their contemporaries

Buxtehude
Passacaglia in D minor
Chorale prelude:  Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott (Both available in Schott or   Bärenreiter)

Bach
Prelude and Fugue in E (prelude only), BWV 566 (Breitkopf Vol 1, p 102-3)
Orgelbüchlein: O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig (BWV 618) 
Mit Fried’ und Freud’ ich fahr’ dahin (BWV 616)
Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein (BWV 641)
Durch Adams Fall (BWV 637) (All in Breitkopf Vol 7, or Bärenreiter Vol 1)

Clérambault
Récit de nazard; Duo; Basse de cromorne

François Couperin
Messe pour les Paroisses:  Kyrie any movement
Messe pour les Couvents:  Elévation: Tierce en taille

Thursday: The Romantic Sonata

Brahms
Chorale:  O wie Selig; O Welt, ich muss dich lassen (Novello)

Mendelssohn
Andante con moto from Sonata in D Op 65, No 5 (available in Bärenreiter, Henle or Novello)

Reger
Pastorale Op 59, No 2 (Edition Peters)

Franck
Prélude and Lento or Lento and Fugue from Prélude, Fugue and Variation (Edition Durand or Novello)

Friday: Modern and Contemporary

Alain
Deux Chorals (either one) (Editions Combre)

Demessieux
O Filii; Hosanna Filio David (12 Choral Preludes)  (Alfred-Summy Birchard 0603)

Dupré
Audi benigne Conditor; Te lucis ante terminum; Pange lingua (Le Tombeau de Titelouze)

Hindemith
 Sehr langsam from Sonata 1 p 14-15 (Schott)

Mathias
Fanfare from The Oxford Book of Ceremonial Music for Organ (OUP)

Peeters
Festival Voluntary Op 87 from TOBCM as above (OUP)

ABRSM grade 7-8/CRCO with Drew Cantrill-Fenwick

All students are expected to play in Studios and please prepare the repertoire well in advance of the course. These lists are only a guide; feel free to bring other works to the sessions, but make sure they fit loosely with the theme of the day.

Tuesday: The English Voluntary, Byrd to Stanley

Tomkins
Voluntary in C. P. 5 from Tomkins Nine Organ Pieces (Stainer & Bell K1)

Byrd
Fantasia in C. No. 15 from English Organ Music, Vol. 1 (Novello NOV010191)
My Ladye Nevels Grownde

James
Voluntary for The Full Swell & Cornet, Novello (English Organ Music, vol. 3, ed. Langley)

Purcell
Voluntary on the 100th Psalm, Z. 721 

Roseingrave
Double Fugue in E minor. No. 10 from Roseingrave 10 Organ Pieces (Stainer & Bell K18)

Stanley
Voluntary V 
Voluntary VIII

Wesley
Voluntary VI, op. 6, no. 6
Samuel Wesley, Voluntary VIII, op. 6, no. 8

Wednesday: Buxtehude, Bach and their contemporaries

Bach
Herzlich tut mich verlangen BWV 727 Bärenreiter 5173; Breitkopf 6589 and 8810; Peters 244a
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV 599
Jesus Christus, unser Heiland BWV 626 Bärenreiter 5171; Breitkopf 6587 and 8807; Peters 244a
Prelude & Fugue in E minor BWV 533 Bärenreiter 5175; Breitkopf 6582 and 8802; Peters 242a
Prelude & Fugue in G Major BWV 557 (attrib. to JSB) Bärenreiter 6497; Breitkopf 6584; Peters 247a
Prelude: from Prelude and Fugue in E, BWV 566. Complete editions: Bärenreiter Vol. 6 (BA 5176) or Breitkopf & Härtel Vol. 1 (EB 6581) or No. 7 from Peters Vol. 3 (EP 242)
In dir ist Freude, BWV 615 (Orgelbüchlein). Complete editions: Bärenreiter Vol. 1 (BA 5171) or Breitkopf & Härtel Vol. 7 (EB 6587) or No. 34 from Peters Vol. 5 (EP 244)
Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 551. Complete editions: Bärenreiter Vol. 6 (BA 5176) or Breitkopf & Härtel Vol. 2 (EB 6582) or No. 9 from Peters Vol. 3 (EP 242)
Allegro, Grave and Fuga: 1st, 2nd and 3rd movts from Concerto in D minor (after Vivaldi), BWV 596. Complete editions: Bärenreiter Vol. 8 (BA 5178) or Breitkopf & Härtel Vol. 5 (EB 6585); or separately: Peters (EP 3002)
Fantasia: from Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542. Complete editions: Bärenreiter Vol. 5 (BA 5175) or Breitkopf & Härtel Vol. 3 (EB 6583) or No. 4 from Peters Vol. 2 (EP 241)

Böhm
Partitas 1, 2, 3, and 8 only from Chorale Partita ‘Ach wie nichtig, ach wie flüchtig’ (without repeats) Breitkopf 8087

Buxtehude
Nun bitten wir den Heiligen Geist BuxWV 208 Bärenreiter 8405; Breitkopf 6664; Schott 21114 3
Praeludium (with Fuga), BuxWV 152. No. 37 from Buxtehude New Edition of the Complete Free Organ Works, Vol. 3 (Bärenreiter BA 8223)
Toccata in F (with Fuga), BuxWV 157. No. 21 from Buxtehude New Edition of the Complete Free Organ Works, Vol. 2 (Bärenreiter BA 8222) or Oxford Service Music for Organ, Manuals and Pedals Book 3 (OUP)
Praeludium in D minor (with Fuga), BuxWV 140. No. 9 from Buxtehude New Edition of the Complete Free Organ Works, Vol. 1 (Bärenreiter BA 8221)

Krebs
Fugue: from Prelude and Fugue in C. No. 1 from Krebs Complete Organ Works, Vol. 1 (Breitkopf & Härtel EB 8411)

Couperin
Chromhorne sur la Taille (Gloria 5e couplet) from Messe pour les convents Lyrebird Music; L’Oiseau-Lyre (rev. Gilbert and Moroney, 1982)

Frescobaldi
Canzon dopo l’Epistola (Messa della Madonna) from Fiori Musicali Bärenreiter 2205 and 8415

Stölzel
1st movt: from Trio in Bb. No. 3 from Incognita Organo, Vol. 2: Krebs & Stölzel Trios (Harmonia XHU3083)

Walther
Allegro: 1st movt from ‘Concerto del Signor Meck’ (Oxford Service Music for Organ, Manuals and Pedals, Bk 2 (OUP)

Thursday: The Romantic Sonata

Bairstow
Toccata-Prelude on ‘Pange Lingua’: from Prelude, Elegy and Toccata-Prelude (Stainer & Bell H349)

Bridge
Lento (No. 7 of A Little Organ Book in Memory of Hubert Parry) Banks Music Publications

Karg-Elert
Quasi Scherzo (Op. 83 No. 15). No. 6 from Karg-Elert 32 Fairly Easy Organ Pieces (Breitkopf & Härtel EB 8759)

Boëllmann
Menuet gothique: 2nd movt from Suite gothique, Op. 25 (Suite published separately: UMP) or Boëllmann Complete Organ Works, Vol. 2 (Bärenreiter BA 8425)
Allegretto con moto: 2nd movt from Deuxième Suite, Op. 27. Boëllmann Complete Organ Works, Vol. 2 (Bärenreiter BA 8425)

Gigout
Scherzo in E (from 10 Pièces). Toccatas, Carillons and Scherzos for Organ (Dover DP19613)

Guilmant
Marche de Procession, Op. 41 No. 5. A Graded Romantic French Anthology for Organ, Book 3 (Cramer) or Oxford Service Music for Organ, Manuals and Pedals Book 2 (OUP)

Ireland
Menuetto–Impromptu: No. 3 from Miniature Suite for Organ. Organ Music of John Ireland (Novello NOV010183)

Felix Mendelssohn
Andante con moto: 2nd movt from Sonata in D, Op. 65 No. 5. No. 27 from Mendelssohn Complete Organ Works, Vol. 2 (Bärenreiter BA 8197) or Mendelssohn Complete Organ Works, Vol. 4 (Novello NOV010218)
Andante tranquillo from Sonata III in A Major, Op. 65 No. 3 Bärenreiter 8197; Breitkopf 8088 (facsimile of original German edition) and 8641; Novello (ed. Little not Atkins)

Vierne
Cortège: No. 2 from Pièces en style libre, Op. 31, Book 1 (Bärenreiter BA 9235 or Carus)
Aubade: No. 1 from Pièces de Fantaisie, Book 4, Op. 55 (Bärenreiter BA 9230 or Carus)

Whitlock
Allegretto: No. 1 from Five Short Pieces. Oxford Service Music for Organ, Manuals and Ped

Friday: Modern and Contemporary

Bedford
Carillon. Unbeaten Tracks – Organ (Faber)

Bingham
The Dawn of Redeeming Grace (Peters EP 71098)

Chilcott
Sun Dance. The Oxford Book of Ceremonial Music for Organ (OUP)

Demessieux
Veni Creator (No. 8 of Twelve Chorale Preludes, Op. 8) Summy-Birchard
O Filii: from Twelve Choral Preludes on Gregorian Chant Themes (Alfred—Summy-Birchard 0603)

Diemer
The Lone, Wild Bird (No. 6 of Eight Hymn Preludes for Organ) Augsburg Fortress

Heiller
Freu dich sehr, meine Seele – Vorspiel, Choral & Nachspiel (with repeats) (No. 6 of Chorale Preludes on Songs from the Danish Hymnal) Doblinger 02377

Ibert
Musette: No. 2 from Trois pièces (Heugel HE27663)

Langlais
Hymne d’Actions de grâces: No. 3 from Trois Paraphrases Grégoriennes, Op. 5 (Combre C05247; or separately: Combre P02317)

Mathias
Canzonetta OUP (A Mathias Organ Album)

Messiaen
Joie et clarté: No. 6 from Les corps glorieux, Vol. 3 (Leduc AL20072)
La Vierge et L’Enfant: No. 1 from La Nativité du Seigneur, Vol. 1 (Leduc AL19266)

Moore
Paean. Little Organ Book (Novello NOV016346)

Rütti
Der Baum from Vita, das Leben des hl. Fridolin Ruh Musik AG, RUH2137Ddig

Steel
Flourish: No. 2 from Six Pieces, Op. 33 (Novello NOV590352)

Takle
Yes! (Cantando Musikkforlag C3634)

Sark
Toccata Primi Toni, Op. 11 (Hansen WH26827)

Towards ARCO with Frederick Stocken

All students are expected to play in Studios and please prepare the repertoire well in advance of the course. These lists are only a guide; feel free to bring other works to the sessions, but make sure they fit loosely with the theme of the day.

Tuesday: The English Voluntary, Byrd to Stanley

Byrd
Fantasia in C. No. 15 from English Organ Music, Vol. 1 (Novello NOV010191) (Set for ABRSM grade 8)

Theophania Cecil
Allegro Moderato from Voluntary IV in Organ Music by Women Composers (OUP)

John James
Voluntary for The Full Swell & Cornet (incl. the eight bars for Diapasons at the end) Novello (English Organ Music, vol. 3, ed. Langley) (Set for CRCO)

William Walond
Voluntary V (English Organ Music vol. 5, ed. Robin Langley (Novello)

John Stanley
Voluntary in A minor, Op. 6 No. 2 OUP (facsimile edition, ed. Vaughan); Peters 7723 (ed. Phillips) (Set for ARCO)

Thomas Tomkins
Voluntary in C. P. 5 from Tomkins Nine Organ Pieces (Stainer & Bell K1) (Set for ABRSM grade 7)

Wednesday: Buxtehude, Bach and their contemporaries

Bach
Fugue from Prelude and Fugue in C, BWV 545
Fantasia from Fantasia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 537

Buxtehude
Praeludium in C Bux 137 (IMSLP: Les Éditions Outremontaises or Bärenreiter vol.1 of complete works. First section only. This is also the focus of Chapter 20 of The New Oxford Organ Method)

Frescobaldi
Canzon Quarti Toni Dopo il Post Comune (Messa delli Apostoli) from Fiori Musicali Armelin Musica FM 001 (open score, modern clefs, ed. Stembridge); Bärenreiter 2205 and 8415  (Set for ARCO)

De Grigny
Récit de Tierce en Taille. Oxford Service Music for Organ, Manuals and Pedals Book 3 (OUP) (Set for ABRSM Grade 7)

Guilain
Tierce en taille from Suite du second ton Schott (Set for ARCO)

Thursday: The Romantic Sonata

Andrée
Cantabile in Organ Music by Women Composers (OUP)

Bridge
Lento, from A Little Organ Book in Memory of Hubert Parry (Banks Music), also the focus of Chapter 19 of the New Oxford Organ Method

Felix Mendelssohn
Allegretto: 3rd movt from Sonata in Bb, Op. 65 No. 4. No. 26 from Mendelssohn Complete Organ Works, Vol. 2 (Bärenreiter BA 8197) or Mendelssohn Complete Organ Works, Vol. 4 (Novello NOV010218) or Oxford Service Music for Organ, Manuals and Pedals Book 3 (Set for ABRSM grade 8 and ARCO)

Parry
Christe, Redemptor Omnium, from 7 Chorale Preludes, set one (Novello).

Rheinberger
First movement,  Sonata no. 7, (Carus Verlag or Novello)

Simon Sechter
Hier legt mein Geist sich vor dir nieder from 18 Choralvorspiele (Doblinger) Play the bass line with the pedals. 

Vierne
Berceuse from 24 Piėces en style libre, book 2 (Editions Durand)

Friday: Modern and Contemporary

Demessieux
In Manus Tuas from 12 Choral Preludes on Gregorian Chant Themes (Alfred)

Hindemith
Ruhig bewegt from Sonata no. I (Schott) (Set for ABRSM grade 7)

Hurford
Dialogue No. 2 in Little Organ Book (Novello)

Messiaen
Apparition de L’Ėglise Ėternelle (Henry Lemoine)

Mompou
Pastoral for organ Canço i dansa no. 15 (EMEC)

Stocken
Hope  from Faith, Love, Hope  (Banks)

ARCO and FRCO with Jeffrey Makinson

All students are expected to play in Studios and please prepare the repertoire well in advance of the course.

Tuesday: The English Voluntary, Byrd to Stanley

TBC

Wednesday: Buxtehude, Bach and their contemporaries

TBC

Thursday: The Romantic Sonata

TBC

Friday: Modern and Contemporary

TBC

Fundamentals of Technique with Anne Marsden Thomas

This course will make frequent reference to The New Oxford Organ Method (details in the list of books at the foot of this document).  If you own a copy, please bring it with you.

Tuesday: Pedalling

Bring organ shoes (beginners: buy shoes from www.organmastershoes.com or bring close fitting lightweight outdoor shoes with a smooth, ideally leather, sole and no extended seam around the toe).  Prepared exercises for those who already play the organ:

  1. A pedalling exercise from any of the books listed at the foot of this document
  2. The pedal part of any piece you are currently learning, provided it offers a useful demonstration of your technique

Wednesday: Touch, fingering and footing

Control of attack, duration, release.  Check healthy hands.  Prepared execises:

  1. Any major scale, hands together or separately, in two octaves.
  2. A simple Baroque organ or piano piece of about 16 bars, for example Purcell ‘Air in D minor’ (in Chapter 1 of New Oxford Organ Method).

And, if you like:

Any piece in which you are uncertain how to apply fingering or footing.

Thursday: Practice and performance

Learn how to gain most benefit and enjoyment from your valuable practice time with a range of resources, how to avoid performance nerves and how to improve your sight-reading. Please bring:

  • Any piece which includes a challenge not yet overcome (newcomers to the organ: bring a piano piece which includes a similar challenge).
  • The exercises and pieces introduced earlier in this course.
  • New Oxford Organ Method, if you own a copy.

Friday: Registration

Understand a complex organ console, learn basic registration and how to choose the most effective stops for all your pieces, whatever instrument you are playing.  The class will also cover organ management: how to change manuals, change stops, use the expression pedals.   Bring:

  • Exercises and pieces introduced earlier in this course.
  • Any piece you currently play whose registration poses a challenge.
  • New Oxford Organ Method, if you own a copy.

List of books

  1. New Oxford Organ Method by Anne Marsden Thomas and Frederick Stocken, published Oxford University Press
  2. Pedalling for Organists by Anne Marsden Thomas, published Cramer Music 
  3. The Complete Church Organist, Level 1 or 2 by Daniel Moult, published Royal School of Church Music
  4. Play the Organ, Book 1 or 2 by David Sanger, published Novello
  5. Any other organ tutor book you are currently using
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