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Conference at Peterhouse (Cambridge) in association with the British Institute of Organ Studies.

March 16, 2024 10.30am-4.30pm

The recently rebuilt Snetzler/Flentrop/Klais organ discussed and demonstrated.

Cambridge Academy of Organ Studies
Playing and studying pipe organs in Cambridge


Paul Binski is Emeritus Professor of the History Of Medieval Art at Cambridge University and a Fellow of Gonville and College. He has a long-standing interest in organs and organ music and also publishes and teaches widely in the field of art and architecture. He is a Fellow of the British Academy.

Anne Page was born and educated in Perth, Australia and moved to Europe to continue advanced studies in organ with Marie-Claire Alain, Peter Hurford and Jacques van Oortmerssen. She made her London debut playing 20th century repertoire at the Royal Festival Hall. Her career encompasses performances, recordings and broadcasts in Europe, the USA and Australia. In the pioneering spirit of her country of origin she likes to explore some of the less well trodden musical paths and has been at the forefront of the revival of the harmonium, establishing a course on the instrument at the Royal Academy of Music and performing the first all-harmonium recital in the Purcell Room in 2008.

As a member of the British Institute of Organ Studies she took a leading role in the development of the Historic Organ Sound Archive. This innovative project combined community education with a permanent free online archive to increase access to our organ heritage. Anne researched and recorded 10 hours of music on organs from c1690–1900, available from

Cambridge has been her base for many years. She directed the Cambridge Summer Recitals from 1987–1994 and has taught generations of organ scholars at the university. During 2011–12 she performed the complete organ works of Bach in 23 recitals on 14 different organs. The series attracted capacity audiences and helped to support the educational work of the Cambridge Academy of Organ Studies. In 2017 she returned to the Royal Festival Hall for a complete performance of Bach’s crowning masterpiece, the Art of Fugue which received critical acclaim in the national press. She has also performed the entire work in Souvigny (France) and in Gothenburg (Sweden).

Dr David Ponsford is an organist, harpsichordist, musicologist and conductor. His book ’French Organ Music in the Reign of Louis XIV’ was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011, subsequently released in paperback in 2016, and his edition of Nicolas de Grigny’s Premier livre d’orgue was published by Ut Orpheus, Bologna, in December 2019.

In addition to having held various church and cathedral posts, he has taught at Bristol and Cardiff Universities, where he was conductor of the University Chamber Orchestra and the University Choir, as well as directing courses in Performance Practice. He also continues to give a series of courses at Madingley Hall, Cambridge University.

Currently he is recording a series of CDs of French Baroque organ music on historical French organs for Nimbus Records, including the Couperin Masses from La Flêche (Vols. 1 & 2), the Clérambault Suites from Saint-Michel-en-Thiérache (Vol. 3), Nicolas de Grigny’s complete Livre d’orgue from Sarlat Cathedral (Vol. 5), and the Pièces d’orgue by Louis Marchand from Saint-Antoine l’Abbaye (Vol. 7). In 2019 he arranged Bach’s six organ trio sonatas for two harpsichords, which is now published, and which he also recorded for Nimbus Records with David Hill.

Nigel Kerry was appointed Organist and Director of Our Lady and the English Martyrs, Cambridge in 1998. Since then he has created a large, innovative music department serving the many liturgical celebrations of one of the largest parishes in the country.

A graduate of Oxford University, he went on to study the organ at the Royal College of Music with Nicholas Danby. As a recitalist he has performed at many prestigious venues at home and abroad, including Westminster Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, Royal Albert Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Bridgewater Hall Manchester, Symphony Hall Birmingham, St John’s and King’s Colleges Cambridge. In 2008 he became the first UK organist to give a solo recital at Ukraine’s National Concert Hall in Kiev and since 2012 he has performed regularly with the London Concert Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall. As soloist, conductor and producer he has recorded some thirteen commercial recordings to date.

Like his teacher before him, Nigel is also regarded as an articulate and inspiring teacher of his instrument. He is Organ Tutor to King’s College School, where he teaches the choristers and plays for school services in the famous chapel, as well as Organ Tutor to the Choristers of St John’s College. Since 2018, he has been Organ Tutor at Oundle School, recognised internationally for its promotion of young organists many of whom go on to university organ scholarships. In addition, he has taught on the Eton Choral Courses; ‘Oundle for Organists’ and the Royal College of Organists courses in Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the Incorporated Society of Musicians.

Nigel is currently writing the authorised biography of the famous monk/musician, Dom Gregory Murray. In addition, he is founder/director of a new music festival — Cantus Sacri — that will take place at Downside Abbey, Somerset, in the summer of 2021.

In September 2020, he will become the first Director of the Young Organ Scholars Trust that seeks to equip the next generation of church musicians from around the country with the skills they need through professional tuition and mentoring.

Roger Lander (Treasurer) is a Chartered Accountant and lifelong church organist. He was organist of Woburn Parish Church from 1980 to 2017 and played for weekday services at All Saints Leighton Buzzard. He now lives in Forres Morayshire and currently plays regularly at Nairn Old Parish Church and Rafford Parish Church. He is a former finance director of the International Organ Festival at St Albans.