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.).

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)7736419416. 

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Dr.  Julie  Ainscough,  classical  musician,  teacher  and  composer.

Hello!  This is and I am Dr. Julie Ainscough.  I would like to welcome you to my website, in which you will find out about my activities as a professional musician.  I teach piano, organ, music theory, music composition, choral conducting and choral rehearsal techniques.  I perform primarily on the organ, but I can also undertake continuo and piano accompaniment.  I am active also as a composer, an area in which I have won several prizes and in which I gained my Doctorate.  My website URL plays on a Latin word which can be translated as "voice, instrument or organ", which seemed apposite.

I teach piano to pupils of all ages (from five years upwards) and at all levels, across a breadth of repertoire and styles, from beginner to diploma level (including ATCL and LTCL).  Pupils are prepared for Trinity College London grade examinations, for which almost all achieve a Merit or Distinction.  Examinations, however, are regarded as useful milestones rather than as an end in themselves.  Some of the more goal-orientated and confident pupils also compete successfully in music festivals.  Other pupils choose not to participate in festivals or to take examinations, but to play purely for their own enjoyment and relaxation.

I teach organ both privately and at Hampton School (where I have been on the staff since 1994).  A considerable number of my young organ pupils attain organ scholarships 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.  Adult pupils learn both to accompany the liturgy and to play repertoire to a standard which enhances it.

Having spent many years as 'Organist & Choirmaster' or 'Director of Music' in both Anglican and Roman Catholic parish churches, I am now Organist at  St. Augustine's Abbey at Chilworth, near Guildford, where I accompany the Benedictine monks' (and the lay congregation's) singing of Gregorian plainchant and provide additional organ music at the Sunday Mass.

I live (with my husband, two sons and three cats!) in Leatherhead, Surrey, near Junction Nine of the M25 motorway, the A3 London-Portsmouth Road and very close to 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, Betchworth, Binscombe, Brockham, Cambridge, Cobham, Chobham, Claygate, Crawley, Dorking, Ealing, East Horsley, East Molesey, Effingham, Epsom, Farnborough (Hampshire), Fetcham, Grayshott, Great Bookham, Hampton, Headley, Kingston-upon-Thames, Langley, 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, Westonbirt, Weybridge and Whitton.  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.

Please feel free to contact me to discuss your musical needs and aspirations.  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, 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 (the late) 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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I have a deep interest in performing organ music from the late Renaissance and the Baroque eras, particularly the Spanish, French and North German schools. I also have a great love of the French romantic and Twentieth Century repertoire, especially Franck, Vierne, Alain, Duruflé and Messiaen.
"...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).

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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 ranges from plainsong, the polyphonic era (the Spanish masters in particular), 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 enthusiasm.
"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).

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I have some forty years' experience of Anglican and Roman Catholic church musicianship at parish, monastic and (occasionally) at cathedral levels.
"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).

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Choosing the music for your wedding may seem a perplexing task:  I can offer well-informed advice to assist you in choosing the right music for your most special day.

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I studied Composition with the late 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, formerly 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).

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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 dozen collegiate organ scholarships at Oxford and Cambridge.  These include
2016-2019 Jesus College, Oxford,
2016-2019 Magdalene College, Cambridge,
2014-2017 and 2013-2016 Homerton College, Cambridge,
2013-2016 and 2010-2013 University College Oxford,
2011-2014 Brasenose College, Oxford,
2010-2013 Balliol College, Oxford,
2010-2013 Pembroke College,
2008-2011 New College, Oxford,
2008-2011 Jesus College, Cambridge and
2001-2004 Exeter College, Oxford.

"...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).

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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.

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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.

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Professional credentials and career history in detail.

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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 (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)7736419416 or you may write to me, using conventional "snail-mail" post, addressing correspondence to:

13, Clinton Road, LEATHERHEAD,

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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