Julie Ainscough at the Frobenius organ of
All Saints' Parish Church Kingston-upon-Thames Surrey (U.K.).
Photograph: © Copyright 2000 Michael Harrold Artist Management.
Julie Ainscough (whose surname is pronounced as in though and not as in cough!) is a capable and highly-respected freelance professional organist, harpsichordist and pianist living in Leatherhead, in the County of Surrey, in South-East England. She is known not only as a performing musician of discernment and as a perspicacious and pragmatic manager, but also as one of the foremost pipe organ and piano teachers in the Home Counties.
Julie Ainscough operates from her home 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-Reading line call at Dorking (Deepdene).
Julie Ainscough's career involves organ recitals, harpsichord continuo performance, direction of choirs and choral societies, direction of music at weddings, funerals and memorial services, regular church service organ-playing, pipe organ and piano tuition and the giving of music theory and advanced composition lessons. Commissions may be accepted, subject to the usual negotiations, for original musical compositions and musical arrangements.
Julie Ainscough may be able to help you. Please contact her to discuss your musical requirements. Fees are based on the standard professional scales stipulated by the Royal School of Church Music, the Royal College of Organists and the Incorporated Society of Musicians (which latter organisation has elected her as an accredited member of its Register of Private Professional Teachers after exhaustive scrutiny of her modus operandi and having obtained thoroughly-validated references from within the profession). 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)
Julie Ainscough studied the organ at Trinity College of Music, London and 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 will be held on Saturday the Fifth of March 2011 at 2.30pm at Great St Mary's, the University Church in Market Square, Cambridge. This will be followed by a reception at a nearby venue (to be confirmed). A number of David's close colleagues and former students will be playing: so far, Kevin Bowyer, Timothy Byram-Wigfield, Clive Driskill-Smith, Hans Fagius, Stephen Farr, David Goode, Jon Laukvik, Philip Rushforth and John Scott have confirmed they will be performing. In addition, some of David's choral music will be performed. Further details will be posted here when available. Also, an organ recital by five leading organists will be 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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Organ teaching page revised 01/10/2010 with news of the appointment of William Round as Organ Scholar-elect at
Brasenose College, University of Oxford, to commence in the Michaelmas Term 2011.
Organ teaching page revised 09/09/2010 with news of events to commemorate the life and work of
the late David Sanger.
Links page modified 28/08/2010 with links to the David Sanger memorial and the Mander Organs websites.
Organ teaching page revised 19/08/2010 with confirmation of the appointment of James Buchanan as Organ Scholar
at University College, his twin brother, Edward Buchanan as Organ Scholar at Balliol College and Henry Chandler as
Organ Scholar at Pembroke College, University of Oxford. These three appointments will take effect from the
Michaelmas Term of 2010, then bringing to five the number of OxBridge organ scholars in post who have studied
with Julie Ainscough. All three new appointees had been due to study organ at Oxford with David Sanger, but
will now study with Steven Grahl.
Organ teaching page revised 04/06/2010 with news of the tragic death of David Sanger.
Organ teaching page revised 27/04/2010 with news of organ pupils' successes at the 2010 Croydon Music Festival.
Organ teaching page revised 28/04/2009 with news of successes at the 2009 Croydon Music Festival and at
ABRSM Grade Eight (organ). The appointment of William Round as Organ Scholar at the Chapel Royal,
Hampton Court Palace is announced, as is the opening of a new teaching base for Julie Ainscough at the
Parish Church of St. Mary in Twickenham, Middlesex, with its fine Harrison & Harrison organ.
Composition page revised 24/03/2009 with news of the première of Julie Ainscough's Sonata
for Piano at the 2009 Guildford International Music Festival on the 20th of March.
Organ teaching page revised 28/09/2008 with news of Tim Burke's appointment as
Chorus Master of Opera North.
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Organist, Accompanist & Ensemble Player
This fine English organist has received critical acclaim for her performances of organ music from the late Renaissance and Baroque eras and has particular affinity with the music of the Spanish French and North German schools. She is 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, Surrey).
The choral repertoire which this able conductor encompasses can range from plainsong and music of the polyphonic era (and the Spanish masters in particular) via the Baroque period and the Viennese classical school, onwards to the leading composers of the Romantic age and the Twentieth Century. Both music for the Church year and music for the choral society concert are catered for with equal understanding and skill.
"Thank you very much for all your help on Saturday at the IDWAL service. Your choir was splendid and the anthem was just right for the occasion. I am so glad that St. Mary's choir will be singing the morning services at the Cathedral on Sunday 28th August. I myself will be away on holiday, and so it is a relief to know that the music will be in good hands".
(CANON ADRIAN LEAK, retired former Canon Præcentor of Guildford Cathedral).
Teacher Of Pipe Organ
Julie Ainscough is a much sought-after 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 Scholars 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 Organ Scholar 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).
Teacher Of Piano
Piano tuition - at all levels from beginner to advanced (up to Performer's Certificate and University/Conservatoire entrance) - has occupied this inspiring teacher successfully for some 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.
Julie Ainscough is able - with some thirty-seven years' experience of Anglican and Roman Catholic church musicianship at Parish and Cathedral levels - to offer a great deal of 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).
Advice & suggestions about wedding music
Choosing the music for your wedding may seem a perplexing task: Julie Ainscough can offer well-informed advice based on many years of directing the music on this most special of days.
Julie Ainscough studied Composition with Professor Antonín Tučapský at Trinity College of Music London (and won the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Prize for Composition in the year before her admission to Fellowship there). Post-graduate study followed at the University of London (Goldsmiths' College Degree of Master of Music in Composition). Julie Ainscough has been awarded the University of Surrey's David Lovatt Prize for Composition in November 2005.
"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).
Julie Ainscough's professional credentials and career history in detail.
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Please contact Julie Ainscough for more information or to inquire about her availability. She can be contacted via E-mail at ainscough-at-organum.org.uk (replacing "-at-" with the usual @ symbol in the "Mail To" field of your E-mail window: this helps to keep her inbox clear of junk E-mails, etc.). She can be contacted also by telephone on (+44) (0)1372 375728 and may be contactable by mobile telephone on (+44) (0)7736 419416; you may write to her by conventional "snail-mail" post addressed to:
Value-Added Tax (VAT/TVA) may be applicable to fees: this will be clarified in prior negotiations. Travel expenses and subsistence allowances may be requested if long journeys to and from engagements are involved. Julie Ainscough speaks some German and Spanish in addition to her native English. She can usually deal with written enquiries in other major languages if allowed a little time.
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Issue Date: Friday 01st October 2010
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