OfO Abroad



A course for advanced organists aged 18 or over

2nd - 4th April 2017

City: Paris

OFO Abroad is an intensive course for advanced students and young professionals. It is aimed at organists who are roughly in the 18-26 age bracket and would like to experience world-class instruments abroad. The experience of playing repertoire on the instruments it was written for is a life-changing event; the organs will teach you almost as much as the wonderful tutors we have lined up for you.

Cost: £275

Application Deadline: 10th March 

The course fee includes the following:

·         Hotel accommodation for the nights of 2nd and 3rd of April
·         All meals in Paris
·         Transport around Paris
·         All tuition and venue fees

The course fee does not include travel to Paris, but return fares on Eurostar can be purchased for around £70-80 if booked early. Do not book your travel until you have been accepted onto the course and we can advise you about start and end times.

Accommodation for participants will be in twin rooms. Single rooms may be available upon payment of a supplement. Please let us know when you apply if there is another applicant with whom you are hoping to share.

We know that some people wishing to come to Paris may have Sunday duties. For this reason, the course will not begin until late Sunday afternoon, 2 April, with attendance at a public recital and an evening organ visit. You have the option of missing this part of the course and arriving late Sunday evening in Paris, if you cannot get away in time to be with us earlier. Tuition will then take place all day Monday and Tuesday 3-4 April, returning to London late Tuesday evening.

Places for OfO Abroad are limited; OfO Abroad applications must therefore be accompanied by evidence of an advanced level of study. This should be demonstrated by a teacher reference, a brief list of repertoire recently studied and performed, and an outline of what you propose to play on the course. Organ specifications will be send to you, but for obvious reasons French repertoire of all periods will be the most suitable for this course. 


William WhiteheadWilliam Whitehead (Course Director) - First-prize winner at the Odense International Organ Competition, Denmark, in 2004, William has established a reputation for engaging and inspiring playing. His disc, 'Dances of Life and Death', music by Duruflé and Alain, was awarded a Diapason Découverte in Diapason magazine and 5-star reviews elsewhere. He is now sought after as a recitalist, teacher, examiner and jury member.  

Other tutors: Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin (Co-titulaire, St Sulpice), others tbc.

Please do not send any money with your application.

Application forms are available here and bursary application forms can be found here.